Italian Witchcraft and Shamanism
Dr Angela Puca will discuss her new book.
Shamanism is thriving as an exotic import and a hidden native tradition in Italy today. This ethnographical work uncovers two faces of Italian shamanism. The first is trans-cultural shamans who creatively adapt rituals and beliefs from indigenous cultures worldwide. Second, extensive fieldwork shows how regional folk magic practices of segnatoriand segnatrici constitute a little-known but enduring form of native Italian shamanism. By documenting these parallel worlds, contemporary magic workers appear to be the heirs of ancient local healing traditions. Offering rare insights into vernacular religion, this book vividly portrays shamans’ past and present on the Italian peninsula.
Bio
Dr Angela Puca holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in philosophy. In 2021, The University of Leeds awarded her a PhD in Anthropology of Religion, which will soon be published with Brill.
Her research focuses on magic, witchcraft, Paganism, esotericism, shamanism, and related currents.
Author of several peer-reviewed publications and co-editor of the forthcoming ‘Pagan Religions in five Minutes’ for Equinox, she hopes to bridge the gap between academia and the communities of magic practitioners by delivering related scholarly content on her YouTube Channel and TikTok ‘Angela’s Symposium.’
don’t worry if you miss it – we will send you a recording valid for two weeks the next day
11 Nov 2024 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


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