Making Time Go Away: Magical Manipulations of Time and Space

Making Time Go Away: Magical Manipulations of Time and Space ABSTRACT: The process of imagining, seeing, and describing the encounter with the Other, in this case the witch, produces and transmits “facts” about magical geographies, those who inhabit them. Reading about magical propulsion in the witch’s flight transfers us into a space which, like the witches’ Sabbath, is marked by relentless motion. Like real world travel, the witches’ Sabbath presents the experience of strange and unfamiliar spaces and of the exotic, frightening, and fascinating Other. The rough and rugged landscapes of the French Labourd were believed to be so attractive to demons and witches that they decided, if not settle there, then regularly visit them. In the texts examined here, the real and imagined flight of the witch provides the reader with strange and frightening experiences as they and we contemplate the interaction of time and space and the relationships and communication between the spaces to which we accompany the witches. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft University of Pennsylvania Press

Making Time Go Away: Magical Manipulations of Time and Space

Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft, Volume 11 (1) – Jun 16, 2016

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ABSTRACT: The process of imagining, seeing, and describing the encounter with the Other, in this case the witch, produces and transmits “facts” about magical geographies, those who inhabit them. Reading about magical propulsion in the witch’s flight transfers us into a space which, like the witches’ Sabbath, is marked by relentless motion. Like real world travel, the witches’ Sabbath presents the experience of strange and unfamiliar spaces and of the exotic, frightening, and fascinating Other. The rough and rugged landscapes of the French Labourd were believed to be so attractive to demons and witches that they decided, if not settle there, then regularly visit them. In the texts examined here, the real and imagined flight of the witch provides the reader with strange and frightening experiences as they and we contemplate the interaction of time and space and the relationships and communication between the spaces to which we accompany the witches.

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Published: Jun 16, 2016

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