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The Nature of Magic An Anthropology of Consciousness

 
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This work is an anthropological study of magic and consciousness conducted

through an examination of nature spiritualities. Often collectively termed nature

religion, nature spiritualities are concerned with developing intense personal

relationships with nature, as demonstrated by my own encounter with the Snowdonian

elements above. In Western cultures, nature, the earth, or the environment

as it is now frequently called, has been progressively devalued by some dualistic

conceptions of the universe that separate humans from nature. A definition of the

environment as all material entities which exist on planet Earth but which are

not human reveals the fundamental separation between humans and the natural

world (Simmons, 1993:1). The central theme of this work is to examine how

practitioners of nature spiritualities overcome this cultural alienation and relate

with nature as a living and inspirited cosmos.

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