By Eleanor L. Harris
Drawing from her personal reviews and demanding works together with The Leyden Papyrus and The Papyrus Ani, Harris explores the how's and whys of magical instruments, amulets, phrases of strength, divination, and magic of the traditional Egyptian culture.
She additionally explains how the traditional temples and priesthoods functioned, and the way scholars this present day can create their very own operating setting.
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The same applies to the female werewolves of St Claude, for by this time the alleged werewolves captured in this mountainous territory were by no means all male. Jean Bodin and the Catholic devil-wolf Belief in animal metamorphosis is based on the assumption that there are evil elements in human beings which can express themselves in the form of autonomous beings. Typically, such beings look like animals and 22 Man as Witch lead a bloodthirsty nightlife. 40 Belief in werewolves was only able to assert itself in certain branches of Catholic demonology; Bodin, a supporter of the theory of absolute monarchy and a political thinker, played a major role here.
The accused, 50-year-old Jacques Valeur earned his living as a beggar and lived in a solitary forest The Persecution of Men as Werewolves in Burgundy 27 hut in a large area of forest north of Dôle. Denying the soldiers’charge, Valeur defended himself but then suddenly took to his heels and fled, hence reinforcing the initial suspicion. Valeur himself said that he suffered from fainting fits and severe headaches and finally admitted during questioning that he might possibly have eaten several children while experiencing these attacks.
54 Garnier admitted under questioning, but without torture, that he had attacked several children and had taken parts of their mutilated bodies back to his wife in their hermitage where they had eaten them on a Friday. This alleged werewolf, then, admitted not only to murder but to a sacrilege, to having eaten meat on a Friday, the day Catholics were required to abstain from meat. 55 He was burnt as a male witch in 1574; the fate of the other accused is not known. In legal terms, the werewolf has by this time been transformed into a special variant of witchcraft offence.