Arts of The Night
Hardcover, 393 Pages
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Arts of the Night invites the reader into a history of the practices of witchcraft by focusing on Mesopotamia as the possible cradle for the arts and crafts popularly assigned to what we name as ‘witches’. In this book it is suggested that witchcraft is a poetic reality that pertains to humankind at large. It is my hope that this tome will heighten the awareness of the Wise Arts being originally a traditional vestige of the great mysteries. In our corrupted world, marked by all forms of traditional deviations, I present this work in the hope that it can aid a little bit to restoring the Craft to its rightful place and order.
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Jul 1, 2012Other than the rather poor proof-reading/editing, and various misspellings'; this was a very informative study upon the history and beliefs concerning traditional witchcraft. The author is well-informed, and very knowledgeable. "I would have given this book 5 stars; but due to the various type-O's throughout the entire book, I'm giving this work 3 stars!" A very thorough study concerning the subject matter. "Once all the grammatical/misspelling errors are corrected... the book would be a clean, clear, example of good cunning-craft!"
Oct 12, 2009Review by Shani Oates This invaluable addition to academic research into the hermeneutics of Witchcraft is opened with a foreword by the eminent Nigel Jackson. Precedents range from the archaic to the modern world that argue for anomalous diversity within a singularity of praxes, unchanged across 5000 years of shifting geography. Dr. Frisvold baldly re-examines the basics that convincingly demonstrate parallels between the extremes of this time frame, concluding the human condition as that which propagates and perpetuates its existence and survival throughout. Importantly, he asserts the craft of the witch to be independent of religion or cultic status. Subjects explore historical god-forms, creation myths, cord wax doll magics, words of power, fetishes, astrology, sacred and profane sexuality and necromancy as tools and aids to assert the will upon fate. Drawing on his astonishing knowledge of the occident and oriental magics, supplemented by relevant quotations from primary sources,... More > Dr Frisvold provides a fascinating insight into the origins of both Christian and Pagan festivals that have enriched our modern perception of the ubiquitous and ambiguous term – ‘Witchcraft.’ In particular he highlights the oft given term - ‘peasant craft’, alerting our attention to a better understanding of it within a classic three-fold categorisation that includes the roles of priest and warrior. Jewish folklore, Sumerian sorcery, Renaissance Hermeticism, Satanism, Wicca and Traditional practices are carefully analysed in order to understand the fatal attraction to their revival within modernity. Through his ability to expound the vibrant tenets of philosophy spanning the full spectrum of practise, myths of the devil and all his works are dispelled with ease. Appendices include dedicated chapters to Robert Cochrane, Set-Sutekh, Jung and the role of the Archetype, faith and dogma, to which a lexicon of terms completes this well considered tome. A worthy addition for the discerning reader and seeker of Truth.< Less
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- Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold (Standard Copyright License)
- First edition
- Chadezoad Publications
- March 29, 2010
- Hardcover (dust-jacket)
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.32 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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