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Product Code: XB044
Title: Early Mormonism and the Magic World View
Author: D. Michael Quinn
Publisher: Signature Books
List Price: $28.95
Our Price: $26.00
Date: 1998
Pages: 646
Additional Info: Revised and Enlarged


Well-documented research into early Mormonism and Joseph Smith's involvement in magic including the use of a divining rod, a seer stone, treasure seeking, incantations and rituals to summon spirits.

Table of Contents


  1. Early America's Heritage of Religion and Magic
    The Bible and Magic
    European Religion and Magic: Medieval to Renaissance
    Magic in the Age of Reason: England and America
    the Academic Occult
    Visions, Spiritual Gifts, and the Category of Magic
    Occult Mentors in Early America
    Books and the Transmission of Magic and the Occult
    Astrology in Early America
    Occult Healing and Magic Treasure-Digging in Early America
    Weakness of Organized Religion and Strength of Folk Magic
  2. Diving Rods, Treasure-Digging, and Seer Stones
  3. Ritual Magic, Astrology, Amulets, and Talismans
  4. Magic Parchments and Occult Mentors
    Occult Handbooks, Magic Parchments, and Folk Magic
    The Smith Family's Magic Parchments (Lamens)
    Occult Advisers and Mentors
    Kinship, Folk Magic, Occult Mentors, and Early Mormons
    Linkage of Mentors, Magic Parchments, and Early Mormonism
  5. Visions and the Coming Forth of the Book of Mormon
  6. Mormon Scriptures, the Magic World View, and Rural New York's Intellectual Life
  7. The Persistence and Decline of Magic After 1830
    Early Mormon Folk Believers: "a people already prepared"
    Seer Stones—Joseph Smith's
    Seer Stones—Other People's
    Divining Rods
    Ritual Magic and the Belief in Witchcraft
    Palmistry, Cards, and Tea-Leaf Divination
    New Manifestations of the Occult
    Cabalistic Occultism
    Pyramidology and Numerology
    Healing Objects

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