The subjects of witchcraft, magic and religion encompass a vast array of issues and related studies. Listed below are some internet and bibliographic resources which approach these subjects from a variety of perspectives. Each of these sources should be read critically.
There have also been frequent incidents of witchcraft or sorcery accusations, and related strife and violence, in countries within Africa, southeast Asia, Europe and the Americas in recent years. Use search engines such as Nexis to search for news media articles on these occurences, using relevant keywords. You can also browse through the archives of the Anthropology in the News clipping service.
European & American
Witchcraft, Magic and Folk Religions
Witchcraft Accusations & Trials
Research Guides on Witchcraft Accusations & Trials
European & European-American Folk Religions
European-American & African-American
Traditions of "Hoodoo" and "Conjuration"
Witchcraft and Divination in African Cultures
Millenial Movements and Cults
- Some Meanings of the Term "Cult"
- New Religious and Cult Movements
- Evolution of Apocalyptic Beliefs (a PBS/Frontline feature)
- Religious Movements and Cult Groups
- Some News Reports and Editorials:
- Doomsday Sect's Handbook had Message (a cult in Uganda), April, 2000
- Prophesy's Price (Uganda), April, 2000
- Uganda Cult Death Toll Tops Jonestown, March 31, 2000
- Other Cult-Related Mass Killings, March 31, 2000
- Pipeline to the Beyond, March 9, 2000
- Group Waiting for God, Dec. 24, 1997
- Apocalyptic Movements and Cults, April 22, 1997
- Heaven's Gate: Free Will or Mind Control? April 4, 1997
Additional Religion Studies Links
African and African American Religions Baha'i Buddhism Caodaism Christianity Confucionism Cult of the Virgin Mary Druse Hinduism Islam Jainism Judaism Mayan Culture and Religion Nacirema Native American Religions New Age Pilgrimages Scientology Shinto Sikhism Taoism Zoroastrianism
Myth and Mythology