Shadow Worlds

A history of the occult and esoteric in New Zealand

Andrew Paul Wood

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From Gomorrah on the Avon to witchcraft

A vigorous strand of interest in the occult, the spooky and the mysterious has been part of our history since 1840.

Shadow Worlds takes a lively look at communicating with spirits, secret ritualistic societies, the supernatural, the New Age — everything from The Golden Dawn and Rosicrucianism to Spiritualism, witchcraft and Radiant Living — and introduces the reader to a cast of fascinating characters who were generally true believers and sometimes con artists.

It’s a fresh and novel take on the history of a small colonial society that was not quite as ploddingly conformist as we may have imagined.

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  • CATEGORY: History, Religion
  • ISBN: 9781991016379
  • ESBN: 9781991016515
  • PUBLISHER: Massey University Press
  • IMPRINT: Massey University Press
  • PUBLISHED: 13/07/2023
  • PAGE EXTENT: 424
  • FORMAT: Soft cover
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Andrew Paul Wood is one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s leading writers on matters art-historical and aesthetic.