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When Magical Techniques And Mystical Practices Become Neighbors: Methodological Considerations

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Magic has become a central area of study evoking research in religious studies, ritual studies, anthropology, psychology, ethnology, sociology, folklore, cultural studies, let alone history and epigraphy. Today, one can hardly write a comprehensive phenomenology of the subject, taking into consideration every comparative aspect of the subject and its assessment. In the present study, the author tries to give an example of what he has in mind, assuming that the example at hand and the manner in which it is presented here have paradigmatic significance for a wide range of phenomenological and methodological issues. In his view, though, there is an interesting connection between the aims of the magical act, the core event, and the manner in which one prepares for doing it. More specifically, this paper aims at bringing to the discussion table new agenda for the study of the relationship between essential aspects of magic and mysticism.

Keywords: Magic; religious studies; ritual studies



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