The Malay Magician
Being Shaman, Saifa and Sufi
Winstedt, perhaps the leading British scholar of Malay culture in the 20th century, sets down in this treatise his understanding of how Malay popular religion worked in the first half of the century. He explains how and why this ritual practice, grounded in animism and Hinduism, survives and retains its vitality in a predominantly Muslim society. Near Fine Paperback. Reprint. Last Revised 1961 180 pages whose contents include chapters on The Primitive Magician, Animism, Primitive Gods, Spirits and Ghosts, Hindu Influence, The Ritual of the Rice-Field, The Shaman's Seance, Sacrifice, Magician and Sufi and Magic in Daily Life. There are two appendices of the original Malay of passages quoted and further notes on practice. There is also a bibliography, an index and four black and white plates.
Weight 0.5kg. Post free within Malaysia
Condition : The cover has no wear to speak of. There are a few faint smudges on the text block. The binding is tight, the text is clear and there is no tanning throughout. A Lovely copy.