Thursday, July 21, 2016

Skeat. Malay Magic

Today's free book is Malay Magic: Being an Introduction to the Folklore and Popular Religion of the Malay Peninsula by Walter William Skeat. For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book is available at the Project Gutenberg, Internet Archive, Hathi Trust, and Google Books.


I: Nature 
(a) Creation of the World
(b) Natural Phenomena

II: Man and His Place in the Universe 
(a) Creation of Man
(b) Sanctity of the Body
(c) The Soul
(d) Animal, Vegetable, and Mineral Souls

III: Relations with the Supernatural World 
(a) The Magician
(b) High Places
(c) Nature of Rites

IV: The Malay Pantheon 
(a) Gods
(b) Spirits, Demons, and Ghosts

V: Magic Rites connected with the Several Departments of Nature 
(a) Air—
1. Wind and Weather Charms        
2. Birds and Bird Charms        
(b) Earth—
1. Building Ceremonies and Charms        
2. Beasts and Beast Charms        
3. Vegetation Charms        
4. Minerals and Mining Charms        
(c) Water—
1. Purification by Water        
2. The Sea, Rivers, and Streams        
3. Reptiles and Reptile Charms        
4. Fishing Ceremonies        
(d) Fire—
1. Production of Fire        
2. Fire Charms        

VI: Magic Rites as affecting the Life of Man 
1. Birth-Spirits
2. Birth Ceremonies
3. Adolescence
4. Personal Ceremonies and Charms
5. Betrothal
6. Marriage
7. Funerals
8. Medicine
9. Dances, Sports, and Games
10. Theatrical Exhibitions
11. War and Weapons
12. Divination and the Black Art



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