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Dr Angela Puca joined Leeds Trinity University in 2016 and is currently lecturing in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. Angela’s degrees are in Philosophy, with a particular focus on Eastern Philosophies. During her Academic formation, she studied Latin, Ancient Greek, Sanskrit and Tibetan (Classical and Modern). The University of Leeds awarded her a PhD in Anthropology of Religion with a thesis on “Indigenous and Trans-cultural Shamanism in Italy”.
From the Janare in Campania to the Masche in Piemonte, the Italian regions have a long history of local healers and folk witches, also known as Segnatori. Shrouded in folklore and secrecy, these traditions are still alive and practised across the country, especially in the countryside. Data collected during two years of fieldwork between 2016 and 2...
From the very birth of the term, Strega (“Witch”) has been used with a negative connotation to describe women with powers aimed at harming people. Strega has its etymological origin in the Latin Strix, the owl believed to feed on human blood. Pop culture, books and media alike, also portrayed the witch as an evil character to the point where it bec...
The last decades have seen an increasing interest towards Shamanism in the Western world, both among scholars and those who practise shamanism. The academic interest has been mainly focussed on identifying the differences between forms of contemporary Shamanism in the West and traditional Shamanisms as experienced among indigenous peoples. A relate...
Contemporary Shamanism (sometimes referred to as “neo-shamanism”) in Italy is an unexplored field, yet variegated and constantly growing. Studying this topic, besides filling an ethnographical gap, can give us perspectives about contemporary Shamanism in general, such as what is its nature, how it manifests and if contemporary shamanism can be considered shamanism at all.