By R. A. Gilbert
The airtight Order of the Golden sunrise was once the final and maximum flowering of the Victorian occult revival. Historian R.A. Gilbert makes use of pictures and private letters by no means earlier than obvious or released to supply an intimate and cohesive heritage of this debatable group--from its construction within the overdue 1800s to its fractured dissolution within the early 1900s. Over eighty illustrations. colour insert.
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Legal rules of libel and slander are developed to control the escalation of such attacks, just as rules are put in place to punish those found guilty of threatening hoaxes. Journalists may be threatened with lawsuits for defamation following their repetition of stories against public personalities, such as Dominick Dunne’s story about the politician Gary Condit (see the New York Times, January 28, 2003, p. B1). The point that words as such can be used as effective combat devices, or that careless words may produce real disasters, is neither trivial nor 29 Witchcraft, Sorcery, Rumors, and Gossip self-evident, although it is well known to be true in human experience.
123). In both rural and urban contexts rumors would be the means, swift or slow, whereby suspicions were generated and issued later in panics, accusations, and trials. In the towns and cities, Levack notes, these rumors could also fasten on male magicians who were said to have used sorcery to advance their political status. Accusations and trials of these men blended in with witchcraft trials. Macfarlane’s ﬁgures for the predominance of accusations against women are largely replicated in a much larger sample from different parts of Europe, including Scotland where between 1560 and 1727, some 242 men were recorded as accused, in comparison with 1,491 women, making an 86 percent incidence of accusations against women (Levack 1987: 124, including also Macfarlane’s Essex data).
With his eye already ﬁxed on his functionalist conclusion, Gluckman does not dwell on the ambivalent meanings of these designations. Gluckman also appears to draw on his own experience when he writes “that every single day, and for a large part of each day, most of us are engaged in gossiping” (1963: 308). He does not restrict this generalization to his own reference group of academics, but perhaps it does reﬂect best the small-scale in-group networks of social anthropologists in Britain at the time (and perhaps still today), in which there were a few recognized professors and heads of major departments and many others struggling to enter or to rise in the ranks with only a few positions available.
The Golden Dawn Scrapbook: The Rise and Fall of a Magical Order by R. A. Gilbert