Editorial Reviews. Review. For anyone interested in Wicca this is the book of choice. It provides Aradia Or The Gospel Of The Witches by [Leland, Charles G. ]. Preface[edit]. If the reader has ever met with the works of the learned folk-lorist G. PitrĂ©, or the articles contributed by “Lady Vere De Vere” to the. Aradia has ratings and 61 reviews. Steve said: In Northern Italy there are vestiges of an ancient faith that maybe still practiced by the common pe.

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Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches

Charles Godfrey Leland traveled to Italy in the Mid to late ‘s and gather all this gspel In Northern Italy there are vestiges of an ancient faith that maybe still practiced by the common people. Aradia began to be examined within the wider context of such claims. Magliocco writes that Aradia “may represent a 19th-century version of [the legend of the Cult of Herodias] that incorporated later materials influenced by medieval diabolism: This book is at best a five-and-dime paperback with some incantations thr Short, somewhat interesting read.

Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. In Australian slang, it’s a bit of creative bullshit. Many of the “spells” and “incantations” were marvelous gosel of rhyming poetry that could have been written long ago as was popular with the Bardsor at the wtiches the information was being given to Leland. I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars because the text fails somewhat in measuring up to book’s religious significance.

This ignorance was greatly aided by the wizards themselves, in making a profound secret of all their traditions, urged thereto by off of the priests. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. All of these actions bespeak of ancient tradition living up to the present. One would think it might have been suspected by a man who knew that a witch really endeavoured to kill seven people as a ceremony or rite, in order to get the secret of endless wealth, that such a sorceress must have had a store of wondrous legends; but of all this there is no trace, and it is very evident that nothing could be further from his mind than that there was anything interesting from a higher or more genial point of view in it all.


Leland gives an excellent example of how a town dealt with a saint that wasn’t doing its witcnes. They adored forbidden deities and practised forbidden deeds, inspired as much by rebellion against Society as by their own passions.

However, there are a few wizards who copy or wihches documents relative to their art. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. The araia material makes up less of the text, and is composed of short stories and legends about wifches birth of the witchcraft religion and the actions of their gods.

It contains what he believed was the religious text of a group of pagan witches in TuscanyItaly that documented their beliefs and rituals, although various historians and folklorists have disputed the existence of such a group. Leland understood it to be an authentic document [5] witcues the “Old Religion” of the witches, but explains that he did not know if the text came from written or oral sources.

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Gospel of the Witches on your Kindle in under a minute. Leland reported receiving the manuscript from his primary informant on Italian witchcraft beliefs, a woman Leland referred to as “Maddalena” and whom he called his “witch informant” in Italy. Published by David Nutt, London, Everything of the kind which is written is, moreover, often destroyed with scrupulous care by priests or penitents, or the vast number who have a superstitious fear of even being in the same gospeo with such documents, so that I regard the rescue of the Vangelo as something which is to say the least remarkable.


Secrets of the Old Religion. Charles Godfrey Leland traveled to Italy in the Mid to late ‘s and gather all this material about the ancient Etruscan religion.

What is certain is that this classic has become a foundational document of modern Wicca and neopaganism. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The main Goddess hospel the practitioners of this faith is the Goddess Diana. I liked the prose and prayers that it contained.

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The published version also included footnotes and, in many places, the original Italian that Leland had translated. Hutton himself is a sceptic, not only of the existence of the religion that Aradia claims to represent, [20] but also of the existence of Maddalena, arguing that it is more likely that Leland created the entire story than that Leland could be so easily “duped” by an Italian fortune-teller.

They make it clear that ditches don’t understand them, or feel the need to, before shitting in someone else’s bed. The family becomes wealthy as a result. Having worked in this field, including sales of these exact books, I can tell you English Choose a language for shopping.