WITCHCRAFT AND SORCERY OF THE BALKANS.
Three Hands Press, 2015. Quality trade paper edition; A FINE COPY. This new book by Ristic explores a long tradition, but little known. Among the many specialist types of Balkan magic is Vesticarstvo, a sorcery drawing its power from Balkan folk belief, relic shamanism, and medieval heresy. This traditional magic, which has also been referred to as The Balkan Craft, is present today in many forms, and uses of thousands of charms, rites, and spells in the rural communities where it survives. A quintessential embodiment of this power is the "zmajevit covek". or ‘dragon-man’. Part human, part serpent, he possessed supernatural heredity and the power to curse, cure, and traffic with supernatural beings. Often incorporating the ancient powers of the pre-Roman Gods, the Queen of the Fairies, elemental spirits, and the ancestral retinue, the vital corpus of Vesticarstvo lore is a little-explored area of occult study. Drawing from both obscure historical sources and present survivals, the present volume examines its history, beliefs, and rituals, including a complete English translation of “De Intorkatura”, an age-old rite of magical combat, as well as several other Balkan witchcraft rituals never before translated into English. – from Three Hands Press. Color and black/white illustrations. 152 pages. Small octavo. (Item ID: X-BWp)