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The Archaeology of Magic$
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C. Riley Augé

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813066110

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813066110.001.0001

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The Power of Magic

The Power of Magic

(p.33) 3 The Power of Magic
The Archaeology of Magic

C. Riley Augé

University Press of Florida

This chapter explores the theories used in this study. Focusing especially on agency and fear theories, this chapter provides an in depth look at what the emotion of fear entails and how it affects human behavior. A common response to fearful situations involves casting anomalous dangers into recognizable creatures. Thus, motivated by their fears and empowered through their actions (agency), one viable resource available to women and men in seventeenth-century New England to protect themselves from these creatures and dangerous situations was the use of magical objects that may be specifically associated with gender activity areas.

Keywords:   Fear theory, Agency, Emotions, Fear, Creatures, Anomalous dangers, Magical objects, Gender activity areas

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