A War of Witches : A Journey into the Underworld of the Contemporary Aztecs

A War of Witches A Journey into the Underworld of the Contemporary Aztecs A War of Witches is an astonishing account of a world of magic and sorcery that echoes the deepest roots of Aztec mysticism What begins as an innocent ethnographic encounter ends in a revelation as Kn

  • Title: A War of Witches : A Journey into the Underworld of the Contemporary Aztecs
  • Author: Timothy J. Knab
  • ISBN: 9780788195860
  • Page: 124
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A War of Witches is an astonishing account of a world of magic and sorcery that echoes the deepest roots of Aztec mysticism What begins as an innocent ethnographic encounter ends in a revelation as Knab uncovers the ghoulish dimensions of a blood feud that has left dozens of sorcerers dead Wade DavisAuthor of The Serpent and the Rainbow A War of Witches represents a A War of Witches is an astonishing account of a world of magic and sorcery that echoes the deepest roots of Aztec mysticism What begins as an innocent ethnographic encounter ends in a revelation as Knab uncovers the ghoulish dimensions of a blood feud that has left dozens of sorcerers dead Wade DavisAuthor of The Serpent and the Rainbow A War of Witches represents a uniquely original and authentic piece of research into one of the most difficult topics to penetrate and evaluate the highly sacred rituals concerning the gods and lost souls of the modern Aztecs It will long stand as a milestone in anthropology Richard Evan Schultes, Harvand Botanical Museum Author of Plants of the Gods

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  • Wow! This was totally awesome, but difficult to wrap my head around. An anthropologist gets immersed in local culture in remote Mexico. He begins learning the ways of the curandero (Indian folk healers) and gets caught up in tales of soul stealing and witchcraft! A first person account of fantastic and mystical stories, folk cures, healings, etc. in village life. Simply amazing.


  • Absolutely fascinating book. If you're expecting a repeat of Carlos Castaneda, then don't. It's not like that, even though it starts off that way. Yes, it's an anthropologist finding out about Mexican sorcery and being taught their ways, but that's only half the story. The real story is what he uncovers about Mexican history: a war over land, between rich landowners who wanted more coffee production, and peasants who wanted to grow food to live. The war was fought not just with gunmen, but with [...]


  • A book sitting in my library for years Witches have always interested me, probably prompting me to pick it up years ago. In this story, we follow the author (an anthropologist) in his quest to learn the old Aztec ways from his mentors, Doña Rubia and Don Inocente.Doña Rubia is ill, and as he learns the old methods of Aztec healing while mixing in modern day treatment. Whether the old healing really works is part of the story, but it certainly is important to Rubia and Inocente. Rubia and Inoce [...]


  • So, Carlos Castenada had us all fooled. Timothy Knab treds the same ground, but comes up with a much more believable, if fantastic account. A good read. I'm not sure what to make of it, but then, I've learned to go with the flow.


  • I re-read every few years. It is an interesting insight into one thread of modern Aztec shamanic practices (or witchcraft, as they call it in the book) and the people who practiced it.


  • I meet my nagual, the possum, at every crossroads in my life since reading this booksometimes even on top of vehicles or AT MY FRONT DOORno bsread it


  • This was a very interesting book that provided great insight into the traditional practices of healing and witchcraft that took place pre-Columbian times in Mexico. This book in particularly was a recount of an anthropologist's experience in a small rural part of Mexico in the 1970s as he learned the ways of the healers - and eventually the juicy details of the War of Witches that had occurred many years before.I think that this was a very insightful book filled with lots of detail and informati [...]


  • It started out well, but it seemed to drag on toward the end. While I got a good anthropological view of the times and the people, I didn't feel like I came away with much of a deeper understanding of the culture, the world of the witches, or the Aztec people. I found the underworld journeys the author goes on to be the most interesting part of the book, but even those seem disjointed without a true follow up to the original purpose in going there. I might have marked this book lower, but it is [...]


  • This book was one of the most exciting page-turners that I read as part of a college course. It starts out as an analytical description of contemporary Mexican beliefs and customs. Before you know, however, it takes you on a spirit journey, of which the researcher gives first person account. Before I was through with it, I was seriously wondering about what to believe as "real" and what to see as "the author's personal experience". In the end I had to admit that the lines are not that clearly dr [...]


  • This is a memoir of an anthropologist that studied the modern descendants of the ancient Aztecs in Mexico. Mostly it chronicles the dualism of their beliefs in Catholicism as well as the ancient religion of their ancestors. The Aztecs believed in an underworld and practiced witchcraft and some of the people living there today still do. I was a little unnerved that the author participated in some of the ceremonies, even if it was to get a further understanding. It just seemed to me that he ought [...]


  • Schitterend verhaal over hoe spiritualiteit samengaat met het echte leven en hoe het z'n invloed kan hebben als geesten zich mengen met jouw doen en denken. Het is al enkele jaren geleden dat ik het gelezen heb, maar dit is zeker de moeite waard. Je kunt het zien als "when fantasy becomes reality". Het is een soort van Fantasy-verhaal, maar dan echt gebeurd.


  • Somewhat interesting account of an American in Mexico, learning about (and from) local magicians and finding out about a war of witches in the first part of the 20th century when almost a whole village was killed. You could call this a Castaneda-light sort of story, but not very exciting. Still entertaining enough to make it an easy read.


  • Wow! This book sucks you in fast and keeps you there! I had to stop multiple times to remind myself it was nonfiction. It's a very interesting explanation of shamanism among the remaining Aztecs, and Knab doesn't describe everything in detail. He respects that it is sacred and doesn't profane it in his book.


  • I read this book for my Aztec Civilizations course. I love history but this book was mainly full with tales of Knab's spiritual journey through his acid relapse dreams. If you are interested in spirituality and witches specifically you will probably love it. Not that entertaining and sometimes difficult to follow but worth the read if you are interested in witchcraft.


  • A very engrossing true-life tale of witchcraft (and murder) whose rituals and beliefs date back to Aztec culture and beyond. It brings to light, in a minor way, the role of power and unequal distribution of wealth prevalent in, and around the perimeters, of civilization. We are treated to interesting dreams and even a bit of a history lesson throughout. Well written and accessible to anyone.


  • Sociology of Religion (soc008) class required reading, winter '08THIS BOOK WAS AWESOME!!!It doesn't hurt that my instructor is incredibly well versed on Timothy Knab, but Knab is LEGIT.2 legit to quit, as it turns out. In his latest book, he refers to himself as a healer, not an anthropologist. he's left the academic worldcredible.


  • While it was an interesting read which moved well, the work is severely lacking in any sort of reference or notation discussing other scholarly works. For this reason, it seems to be more of an interesting anecdote than a scholarly examination of a culture.


  • Reads live a piece of fiction. I spoke with Timothy Knab about his experiences during he went through during the novel. He is still a practicing curandero and this book explains his journey becoming one.


  • I really wish there was more about the subjects of Knab's investigation and their cosmology rather than Knab's gradual self discovery via "magic." Overall, its still pretty entertaining





  • This book is absolutely fascinating and inspired me to many more years of study o the subject. A must read for anyone who is interested in lore, magic, and other realms of being.



  • this book was amazing. especially because i remember my grandmother telling me similar stories of her youth and the god Ipalnemoani "he who gives us life" from the aztec culture.


  • Having studied Aztec culture in college, I am finding this book interesting. But, I somewhat feel like I am reading the Meso-American version on "The Celestine Prophecy".


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