I would start you out with Stanley Tambiah's Magic, Science and Religion and the Scope of Rationality, followed by Susan Greenwood's The Nature of Magic and The Anthropology of Magic.  They will not answer all of your questions, but some of the questions - e.g. magic being conducted at midnight - are aspects of broader questions - e.g. the marginal status of what we call "magic" in many societies - that these books do address.


Dan Harms

From: Society for The Academic Study of Magic [[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Sakuntala Sharma [[log in to unmask]]
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Subject: [ACADEMIC-STUDY-MAGIC] Fundamental Books on Magic

Hi everyone, I would like to read the basic books on Magic, e.g., the fundamental features of magic, the relationship between magic and sorcery, magic and midnight rituals, magic and bloodshed (animal sacrifices). Could you please drop a line about the books you think most fundamental to my understanding of magic and religions?
With regards,