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The materiality of magic: the ritual lives of people and things

Gilchrist, R. (2020) The materiality of magic: the ritual lives of people and things. In: Gilchrist, R. Sacred Heritage: Monastic Archaeology, Identities, Beliefs. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 110-144. ISBN 9781108678087

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This chapter explores the relationship between medieval magic and religion. It considers the use of objects and material culture in ritual performances that may have been intended to heal, protect and transform the living and the dead. It examines three specific ritual technologies, with particular focus on medieval Scotland: the use of amulets; the deliberate burial or deposition of objects in sacred space; and the placing of objects with the medieval dead.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Social Archaeology
Faculty of Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Department of Archaeology
ID Code:88523
Additional Information:This is Chapter 4. The full book in which it is published, 'Sacred heritage: monastic archaeology, identities, beliefs', is referenced on CentAUR here http://centaur.reading.ac.uk/88141/ and can be downloaded here http://doi.org/10.1017/9781108678087
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
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