The Magic of Coin-Trees from Religion to Recreation

The Roots of a Ritual
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ISBN-13:
9783319755168
Einband:
Book
Erscheinungsdatum:
01.05.2018
Seiten:
307
Autor:
Ceri Houlbrook
Gewicht:
544 g
Format:
222x157x25 mm
Serie:
Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Provides the first book-length study focusing specifically on, and cataloguing, British coin-trees
Chapter 1. Introduction: Coining the Coin Tree.- Chapter 2. Roots of a Ritual.- Chapter 3. The Democratization of the Landscape.- Chapter 4. Contemporary Engagement.- Chapter 5. The Mutability of Meaning.- Chapter 6. Manipulating Meaning.- Chapter 7. Green Monuments and their Heritage.- Chapter 8. Concluding Thoughts.- Index
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.