Witchcraft in the Southwest: Spanish and Indian Supernaturalism on the Rio Grande

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Author: Simmons, Marc

Year: 1974

Publisher: Northland Press

Place: Flagstaff


xii+184 pages with frontispiece figure, map, illustrations and bibliography. Royal octavo (9 1/4" x 6 1/4") issued in maroon cloth with black figure design to cover and silver lettering to spine. First edition.

Tales of devil's sabbats, were-animals, sexual rituals, mysterious illnesses and incredible cures are recounted in this history of witchcraft in the Rio Grande Valley. The people of the Southwest have long attributed these bizarre occurrences to witchcraft, and Marc Simmons presents the for evaluation. In the midst of a renaissance of interest in the occult, Simmons discusses the particular brands of witchcraft practiced by Indian and Spanish-speaking people in the Southwest. Their craft is a unique blending of Old World black arts with the New World herbalism and Indian myths and superstitions dating back to the Aztecs. Though southwestern witch lore has not been widely publicized, it has for centuries been a vital aspect of life for these people. Simmons reports, in fact, that witchcraft crazes brought about the destruction of the pueblo at Pecos, very nearly destroyed the pueblos of Zuni and Nambe, and that belief in witchcraft is very much alive today.


Previous owner's name on half title, some light rubbing to jacket and edges else a very good copy in like jacket.

SOLD 2016

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