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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Showing of reviews. Just a moment while we sign you in witdhes your Goodreads account. The published version also included footnotes and, in many places, the original Italian that Leland had translated. There is hospel cohesive narrative even in the sections that Leland attributes to the Vangelo. I hope at some future time to be better informed. Leland summarises the mythic material in the book in its appendix, writing “Diana is Queen of the Witches; an associate of Herodias Aradia in her relations to sorcery; that she bore a child to her brother vospel Sun here Lucifer ; that as a moon-goddess she is in some relation to Cain, who dwells as prisoner in the moon, and that the witches of old were people oppressed by feudal lands, the former revenging themselves in every way, and holding orgies to Diana which the Church represented as being the worship of Satan “.

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The themes in these additional chapters vary in some details from the first ten, and Leland included them partly to “[confirm] the fact that the worship of Diana existed for a long time contemporary with Christianity “. Sep 21, GooseberryCompote rated it liked it Shelves: Sorcerers, Heretics and Pagans. Un “must have” per chi si interessa di stregheria.

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Aradia, or, The Gospel of the witches

After the publication of Margaret Murray ‘s The Witch-cult in Western Europewhich hypothesised that the European witch trials were actually a persecution of a pagan religious survival, American sensationalist author Theda Kenyon’s book Witches Still Live connected Murray’s thesis with the witchcraft religion in Aradia.


Dec 29, Jen rated it liked it. To ask other readers questions about Aradiaplease sign up. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. 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 safe but cheap ridicule of what to them is merely vulgar and false.

It is a work worth reading, just mere curiosity should allow any aspiring writer to read this work at least once. Charles Leland was an American expatriate journalist, folklorist, and author. This page was last edited on 27 Decemberat There are alot of people who claim that the witchcraft in Aradia is to mean and evil.

Therefore it cannot effectively be used to discredit other writings or views on Italian witchcraft, nor is it a representative ethnographic foundation against which other writings or views “must” be compared.

After comparing them both I found that the translation errors are rather minimal, though there are some instances where it would change the meaning quite a bit, but when I look at what Leland presents and what the modern translator presents I am going to utilize Lelands.

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. Throughout recorded history witchcraft has been an illegal practice. The book is very simple to read filled with stories and some rather easy to do spells. Only in this case the folklore is about witches.

The content, however, is anything but suitable for young readers or anybody who thinks witchcraft is all white light and pretty crystals. I recommend this for pagans following the Witchcraft path, and I suggest you take it not as “Gospel” aka literalbut as an inspirational text. One person found this helpful. This version of the etext, originally scanned early inwas proofread a second time in July of and upgraded to current coding standards of sacred-texts.

I enjoyed the stories and the spells.

Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches

Oct 20, Victoria Haf aradoa it liked it. English Choose a language for shopping. About Charles Godfrey Leland. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. No trivia or quizzes yet.


He differs from Leland in many ways, particularly in portraying her as a witch who lived and taught in 14th-century Fo, rather than a goddess. All of these actions bespeak of ancient tradition living up to the present. The elder gods created Diana and from her other half came the sun god Lucifer.

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. What is certain is that this classic has become a foundational document of modern Wicca and neopaganism. Much of the Moon Goddess’s worship is the same ideology using various names depending upon the time and culture that worshiped her.

One of the things that seemed odd to me was that the poetry of these Italian devotees of Aradia and Diana was in English.

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She’s a white, American woman. The Aradiq Religion of Southern Europe. Gospel of the Witches. Two years passed, until Leland wrote requesting the return of the manuscript in order to submit it to a different publishing house.

According to Mario Pazzaglini, author of the translation, the Italian contains misspellings, missing words, and grammatical errors, gospfl is in a standardised Italian rather than the local dialect one might expect.

In the novel to the life of I Settimani an aspirant is represented as living with a witch witchws acquiring or picking up with pain, scrap by scrap, her spells and incantations, giving years to it. I think that it confused me more than helped me about the lore and which gods and goddesses are which, though. Published by David Nutt, London, Liars and thieves are perceived in a rather favorable light as members of the lower wktches forced into lives of crime for survival.

I learned a lot about Diana and her daughter. As folk stories and mythology, This book is clearly important to the history of modern paganism.