By G. I. Gurdjieff

ISBN-10: 1101152613

ISBN-13: 9781101152614

Publish 12 months note: First released in 1950
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The educating of G. I. Gurdjieff (1866-1949) has turn out to be well-known as essentially the most unique, enduring, and penetrating of our century. whereas Gurdjieff used many various skill to transmit his imaginative and prescient of the human quandary and human danger, he gave particular value to his stated masterwork, Beelzebub's stories to His Grandson.

Beelzebub's stories is an ocean of tale and of principles that you'll probe for a life-time. it's majestic in scale and content material, challengingly artistic in prose type, and, for these very purposes, frequently approached with apprehension. the 1st English language variation of the Russian unique seemed in 1950. considering that then, readers have well-known the necessity for a revised translation that will make clear the verbal floor whereas respecting the author's personal idea and elegance.

This revised edition, in instruction for a few years less than the path of Gurdjieff's closest scholar, Jeanne de Salzmann, meets this desire. initially released in 1992, this translation bargains a brand new event of Gurdjieff's masterpiece for modern readers. it really is offered in a strong textile variation that echoes its unique e-book.

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30 17 A HARSH AND ENCHANTED WORLD The grass-roots association between fairies and the Devil was also, from a Christian perspective, rather ambiguous. In orthodox theological terms the name 'devil' denoted a purely malevolent spirit who was either the Devil himself or a demon in his service. On a popular level, however, the term was less morally specific. 31 The most consistent association to be found, however, is the link between fairies and the dead. In the mid seventeenth century, political philosopher Thomas Hobbes claimed that 'The Fairies are Spirits and Ghosts.

In reality, such a division did not exist. Society in this period was highly stratified, with many individuals inhab­ iting the middle ground between the elite and popular demographic poles, and these many levels of society were in constant interaction. 2 Consequently, while our discussion focuses on popular magical practitioners, most of whom were by defini­ tion illiterate, it will inevitably embrace a proportion of literate or semi-literate cunning folk who enhanced their magical practice by draw­ ing from learned magical traditions.

Massage and manipulation could accompany the use of herbs and charms, as could spiritual healing through touching or stroking. 35 Cunning folk could also use physical healing techniques in a more obviously ritu­ alistic sense. In 1 650, Dumfrieshire cunning woman Janet Dickson was accused of having attempted to cure a sick child by ritually manouvering 36 CUNNING FOLK AND WITCHES both herself and the child. Janet allegedly asked that the child be taken to 'St Jergan's Well' and when there she: did cast the [child's] clothes in the welle which sank to the bottom and eftir did wash the child in the well and theraftir the said J onet cam to ane thorne beside the well and roune thrise about the said thorn withershines and in the morneing the said Janet with her mother .

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