The book offers a fascinating snapshot of magic throughout various cultures as well as deep sociological and religious insights still very much relevant today at a period when art magic and science appear to be crossing paths once again a general theory of magic presents itself as a classic for our times. First written by marcel mauss and henri humbert in 1902 a general theory of magic gained a wide new readership when republished by mauss in 1950 as a study of magic in primitive societies and its survival today in our thoughts and social actions it represents what claude levi strauss called in an introduction to that edition the astonishing modernity of the mind of one of the centurys . A general theory of magic. A general theory of magic book read 14 reviews from the worlds largest community for readers first written by marcel mauss and henri humbert in 1902
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