This book offers a new approach towards the definition and understanding of magic. Basing the analysis in the Indian city of Banaras, where magic is a familiar part of everyday life, it reviews the major theories that have explained (or explained away) magic over the last century. It argues that all of these theories leave out something critical, namely what it calls “magical consciousness”—a special state of awareness of magicians and their clients which, though extraordinary, is also perfectly natural.
|Print publication date: 1997||Print ISBN-13: 9780195108798|
|Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011||DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195108798.001.0001|