The Magic of Coin-Trees from Religion to Recreation: The Roots of a Ritual - Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic (Hardback)
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The Magic of Coin-Trees from Religion to Recreation: The Roots of a Ritual - Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic (Hardback)

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Hardback 307 Pages / Published: 04/05/2018
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This book traces the history of ritual landscapes in the British Isles, and the transition from religious practice to recreation, by focusing on a highly understudied exemplar: the coin-tree. These are trees imbued with magical properties into which coins have been ritually embedded. This is a contemporary custom which can be traced back in the literature to the 1700s, when it was practiced for folk-medical and dedicatory purposes. Today, the custom is widespread, with over 200 coin-trees distributed across the British Isles, but is more akin to the casual deposition of coins in a wishing-well: coins are deposited in the tree in exchange for wishes, good luck, or future fortune. Ceri Houlbrook contributes to the debate on the historic relationships between religion, ritual, and popular magic in British contexts from 1700 to the present.

Publisher: Springer International Publishing AG
ISBN: 9783319755168
Number of pages: 307
Weight: 669 g
Dimensions: 210 x 148 mm
Edition: 1st ed. 2018


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Coin-trees are now very much part of British tradition, folklore and landscape as this most enjoyable book makes clear. ... it is an academic contribution to a series of historical studies on witchcraft and magic, it is a clear and readable account accessible for the non-specialist reader and laced with interesting sidelights and anecdotes, of a fascinating piece of folklore, as authentic as any truly 'ancient' tradition." (John Rimmer, Magonia review of books, July, 2019)

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