Aradia: Gospel of the Witches [Charles Leland] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. When Charles Godfrey Leland published Aradia or the. 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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The first ten chapters are not entirely a direct translation of the Vangelo ; Leland offers his own commentary and notes on a number of passages, and Chapter VII is Leland’s incorporation of other Italian folklore material. The work could have been extended ad infinitum by adding to it the ceremonies and incantations which actually form a part of the Scripture of Witchcraft, but as these are nearly all–or at least in great number–to be found in my works entitled Etruscan-Roman Remains and Legends of FlorenceI have hesitated to compile such a volume before ascertaining whether there is a sufficiently large number of the public who would buy such a work.

Aradia: Gospel of the Witches

Much different from Wicca. He was educated at Princeton University and in Europe. Along with increased scholarly attention, Aradia came to play a special role in the history of Gardnerian Wicca and its offshoots, being used as evidence that pagan witchcraft survivals aitches in Europe, and because a passage from the book’s first chapter was used as a part of the religion’s liturgy.

In my younger years, I would have loved it.

In the novel to the life of I Settimani an aspirant is represented as living with a witch and acquiring or picking witchws with pain, scrap by scrap, her spells and incantations, giving years to it.

I enjoyed aaradia stories and the spells. Llewellyn Worldwide is the absolute worst on both counts. Leland wrote that “the witches even yet form a fragmentary secret society or sect, that they call it that of the Old Thw, and that there are in the Romagna entire villages in which the people are completely heathen”. Paperback80 pages. 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.


The Star Review is the total of what I have to say about this book, specifically. The remaining five chapters are clearly identified in the text as representing other material Leland believed to be relevant to the Vangeloacquired during his research into Italian witchcraft, and especially while working on his Etruscan Roman Remains and Legends of Florence.

No, don’t think so. On New Years day, she handed over to him a document in witchess own handwriting, the Vangelwhich is the core of this book.

As folk stories and mythology, this story remains enjoyable, but as a historical document, it doesn’t work terribly well. Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches begins with the tale of Aradia’s birth to Diana and Luciferwho is described as “the god of the Sun and of the Moon, the god of Light Splendourwho was so proud of his beauty, and who for his pride was driven from Paradise”. Leland’s final draft was a slim volume. That was only one of the problems with this, and one that could easily have been noticed by contemporary critics.

Like Sir Charles Coldstream, they have peeped into the crater of Vesuvius after it had ceased to “erupt,” and found “nothing in it. You have modern examples of this very same process today, simply look at Santeria for example. Aradia’s students thus became the first witches, who would then continue the worship of Diana. The History and Development of a Legend”. Retrieved from ” https: This page was last edited on 28 Januaryat In fact, they’re in the running for worst case ever.

A History of Witchcraft: His book, in fine, belongs to the very great number of those written on ghosts and superstition since the latter has fallen into discredit, in which the authors indulge in much satirical and very arsdia but cheap ridicule of what to them is merely vulgar and false.

Published by David Nutt, London, A Razor for a Goat. The Origin of Aradia”. Throughout recorded history witchcraft has been an illegal practice.


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Sep 10, Kosjitov rated it thd was ok Shelves: Un “must have” per chi si interessa di stregheria. They make it clear that they don’t understand them, or feel the need to, before shitting in someone else’s bed.

It’s one of those strange books that you can pick up repeatedly and always see something new. Has some beautiful ideas in it; though it is the gospel of the witches, don’t take everything in it as gospel.

This page was last edited on 27 Decemberat If people not from Italy don’t understand why Christianity is mentioned so much, then I think you lack cultural understanding of the region, especially with Rome being right there.

I was excited to read this, but ultimately disappointed. This lack of cohesion, or “inconsistency”, is an argument for the text’s authenticity, according to religious scholar Chas S. If I give one of these books anything above 2 stars, it’s a decent example of this type of book.

The book has very little to do with Aradia, female savior of the Italian Witches, and seems to be a Christianized version of the history of the Streghe.

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For brief explanation I may say that witch craft is known to its votaries as la vecchia religione, or the old religion, of which Diana is the Goddess, her daughter Aradia or Herodias the female Messiah, and that this little work sets forth how the latter was born, came down to earth, established witches and witchcraft, and then returned to heaven.

Cursing, poisoning and controlling type love spells are all advocated as a wiyches to exact revenge on economic oppressors i. She and Diana are the goddesses most frequently mentioned in witch-trial transcripts and were apparently worshipped together”.