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Learning Magic and Animism in a Global Context -

Jan 26, 2022

This week we complete our revisitation of classic blog post series from back in the day. And we have saved my favourite for last: Apocalypse Pharmaka.

It’s my favourite for a bunch of reasons that I explain in the episode. But, basically, the contested landscape of medicine and power and the body is where the witch and the cunning person has always lived. (Not that you’d know it from looking around in the past couple of years, although the shrillness is mercifully receding.) So if you want to say you are a participant in the ‘western’ understanding of magic or witchcraft in any capacity and have the people around you keep a straight face, one way or the other you need to ‘come to terms’ -in the animist sense- with this contested landscape that is our homeland. It really is as simple as that.

Of course -and this is pretty much the whole point- we have all been pushed off these homelands over the past two years and into both literal and metaphoric quarantine camps. Which is to say these discussions are even more fraught than at the time I wrote the series. So you won’t find this episode on YouTube. You can listen to the audio version as per usual, or you can watch along on Odysee or Rumble.


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