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Preface[edit]. If the reader has ever met with the works of the learned folk-lorist G. Pitré, or the articles contributed by “Lady Vere De Vere” to the. Aradia: Gospel of the Witches. Charles G. Chapter 1 – How Diana Gave Birth To Aradia (Herodius); Chapter II – The Sabbat, Treguenda Or Witch-Meeting. 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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A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Goddess: The book is also gispel window into the lost world of Etruscan, Roman magic and religion.

Aradia, or, The Gospel of the witches

See all reviews. The living Venn diagram of demographics for these books would look like this: Still, I prefer to just enjoy it as a story, and not as a historical document, so it was a somewhat amusing product of the 19th century. She kissed a girl 10 years ago, and likes Katy Perry. The content, however, is anything but suitable for young readers or anybody who thinks witchcraft is all white aradja and pretty crystals.

I don’t see this book being very popular with many pagans. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer – no Kindle device required. Retrieved from ” https: One of the things that seemed odd to me was that the poetry of these Italian devotees of Aradia and Diana was in English.

Leland, Charles Godfrey : Aradia: Gospel of the Witches – The Druid Network

ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Many of the “spells” and “incantations” were marvelous works of rhyming poetry that could have been written long ago as was popular with the Bardsor at the time the information was being given to Leland. Rather than blowing Leland off he should be congratulated and held in esteem for the contributions he made.


Historically significant, as this is the first book in print that discusses pre-christian pagan survivals. If the reader has ever met with the works of the learned folk-lorist G.

While Leland’s name is the one principally associated with Aradiathe manuscript that makes up the bulk of it is attributed to the research of an Italian woman whom Leland and Leland’s biographer, his niece Elizabeth Robins Pennellreferred to as “Maddalena”. Charles Leland was an American expatriate journalist, folklorist, and author.

They leave an offering to Diana of flowers and leaving them by her statue. The reception of Aradia amongst Neopagans has not been entirely positive. Each of these theories has pros and cons: This section, while predominantly made up of spells and rituals, is also the source of most of the myths and folktales contained in the text.

She’s a white, American woman. Major characters in the myths include the Roman goddess Dianaa sun god called Luciferthe Biblical Cain as a lunar figureand the messianic Aradia.

Gospel of the Witches Annotated Kindle Edition. The same is done today by many moderns making new translations of ancient material. Scholars are divided, with some dismissing Leland’s assertion regarding the origins of the manuscript, and others arguing for its authenticity as a unique documentation of folk beliefs. Write a customer review.

So-called ‘eclectic witches’ steal aspects of other religions and mythology. I have done what little it is really very little I could, to disinter something from the dead gopel of Italian sorcery.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. About Charles Godfrey Leland. As folk stories and mythology, this story remains enjoyable, but as a historical document, it doesn’t work terribly well.

Its fifteen chapters portray the origins, beliefs, rituals, and spells of an Italian pagan witchcraft tradition. Oct 17, Chrissy rated it it was amazing. Ma rimane importante, come testimonianza di un pensiero magico che si schiera dalla parte degli oppressi e del progresso sociale. The Witches gather together monthly on the full moon, their celebration a sabbat.


The writing og certainly is easy and suitable for all reading levels. Leland’s random comments about Jews were terrible and dated; aradja theory that women rise sitches and re-gain power during times of social upheaval seemed relevant, and intriguing. It’s revered by ‘some’ witches, who find inspiration in it’s poetic tale.

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Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches

Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Unfortunately, I found I was rather disappointed, confused and, quite frankly, a little shocked at its contents. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. I have moved thw to the Meaning of Witchcraft by Gerald Gardner and am much more pleased with it. There aren’t a lot of historical books on magic and I know there’s a lot of debate about this being a historic book on magic, but that’s true of every historic book on magic that give you spells that are easy to do.

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It is however, apparent that this initial study of “Witchcraft” is important. Gospel of the Witches. Unfortunately, notwithstanding his extensive knowledge of the subject, it never seems to have once occurred to the narrator that these traditions were anything but noxious nonsense or abominably un-Christian folly.