Some Observations on European Witchcraft

  title={Some Observations on European Witchcraft},
  author={Mircea Eliade},
  journal={History of Religions},
  pages={149 - 172}
  • M. Eliade
  • Published 1 February 1975
  • History
  • History of Religions
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