The Night Has a Naked Soul: Witchcraft and Sorcery Among the Western Cherokee

The Night Has a Naked Soul Witchcraft and Sorcery Among the Western Cherokee In a work that spans nearly two centuries anthropologist Alan Kilpatrick explores the occult world of the Western Cherokee expounding on previously collected documents and translating some forty new

  • Title: The Night Has a Naked Soul: Witchcraft and Sorcery Among the Western Cherokee
  • Author: Alan Kilpatrick
  • ISBN: 9780815604716
  • Page: 208
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In a work that spans nearly two centuries, anthropologist Alan Kilpatrick explores the occult world of the Western Cherokee, expounding on previously collected documents and translating some forty new shamanistic texts that have never been disclosed to outside audiences For over a hundred and fifty years, the Cherokee Indians have been recording their medico magical tradiIn a work that spans nearly two centuries, anthropologist Alan Kilpatrick explores the occult world of the Western Cherokee, expounding on previously collected documents and translating some forty new shamanistic texts that have never been disclosed to outside audiences For over a hundred and fifty years, the Cherokee Indians have been recording their medico magical traditions in the native script of the Sequoyah syllabary These shamanistic texts, known as idi gawe sdi, deal with such esoteric matters as divining the future, protecting oneself from enemies living and dead , destroying the power of witches, and purifying one s soul from all forms of supernatural harm As one of the few scholars able to translate the discourse, Kilpatrick s work underlines the critical role of transformational language in the ritual performance.

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    1. Alan Kilpatrick’s fascinating book, “The Night Has a Naked Soul” is the perfect companion for James Mooney’s “Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees” and Frans M. Olbrects’ “The Swimmer Manuscript”. These two monumental works based on the extraordinary work of the ethnographer James Mooney have captured most of what has been written about the ancient Cherokee culture and its witchcraft and sorcery. Dr. Kilpatrick’s book brings out more insight into the Cherokee culture, this time f [...]

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