The Quaker Cunning Folk: The asTrology, MagiC, and divinaTion oF PhiliP roMan and sons in Colonial ChesTer CounTy, Pennsylvania Frank Bruckerl or nearly one hundred years, academia has paid considerable attention to those travesties of justice that took place in and around Salem, Massachusetts, in the seventeenth century. Although New England's witch-hunts were decidedly horrific, they alone do not solely demonstrate the complexity of colonial America's love-hate relationship with esoteric ideology. In fact, similar crises of justice and faith were occurring at roughly the same time in colonial Pennsylvania. For whatever reason, the birthplace of liberty has been shamefully overlooked in this decidedly peculiar area of judicial and religious history. Although popular culture has awarded Massachusetts the distinction of being recognized as America's "witchcraft capital," it was Pennsylvania's earliest practitioners of the mystical arts who quietly fostered the archetype of the American "cunning man." Much like their European brethren, these hybrid practitioners of the occult arts often paired the esoteric worldview of the Renaissance magus with the practicality of the traditional sorcerer. pennsylvania history: a journal of mid-atlantic studies, vol. 80, no. 4, 2013. Copyright © 2013 The Pennsylvania Historical Association pennsylvania history Such a philosophical synthesis was
Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies – Penn State University Press
Published: Oct 7, 2013
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