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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The story focuses on the “witch cult” idea that was popular in the early to mid s and apparently the late s, as wellwhich tied ideas about witches sabbats common from folklore with the idea of witchcraft being a survival of pre-Christian religion, in this case, the worship of Diana. The poetry had a booming reverb applied to it, I suppose to make it seem larger and more momentous.

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This version of the etext, originally scanned early in witchhes, was proofread a second time in July of and upgraded to current coding standards of sacred-texts. Clifton writes that Aradia was especially influential for leaders of the Wiccan religious movement in the s and s, but that the book no longer appears on the “reading lists” given by members to newcomers, nor is it extensively cited in more recent Neopagan books.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. What is certain is that this classic has become a foundational document of modern Wicca and neopaganism.

Sitches the sufferings of Mankind, and how Diana sent Aradia on earth to relieve them by teaching resistance and Sorcery–Poem addressed to Mankind–How to invoke Diana or Aradia. 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.

Sep 10, Kosjitov rated it it was ok Shelves: Aug 04, Emily rated it did not like it Shelves: He arradia with Valiente that the major objection of Neopagans to this material is its “inclusion of negative stereotypes related to witches and witchcraft”, and suggests that comparisons between this material and religious witchcraft are “regarded as an insult vospel many neo-pagans”.


So if you’re down with the goddess Diana, traditional magic, incantations, and using household objects in your spells, this book is for you. Two years passed, until Leland wrote requesting the return of the manuscript in order to submit it to a different publishing house.

As it was written quite a while ago I suppose that would explain it. Author Raven Grimassi has written extensively about Aradia in his popularization of Stregheriapresenting what he admits is his own personal rendering of her story. yospel

Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches

Rather than blowing Leland off he should be congratulated and held in esteem for the contributions he made. The witchcraft of “The Gospel of the Witches” is hospel a method for casting spells and an anti-hierarchical “counter-religion” to the Catholic church.

The Book of the Holy Strega. The Witchse and Development of a Legend”. According to folklorist Roma Listera contemporary and friend of Leland’s, Maddalena’s real name was Margherita, and she was a ” witch ” from Florence who claimed a family lineage from the Etruscans and knowledge of ancient rituals.

Aradia: Gospel of the Witches

In fact the small amount that she provided in the “Gospel” would only be a tiny fragment of the information that he had published in “Etruscan Roman Remains” and “Florentine Legends” as well as a large amount of unpublished material he had collected over the years from other sources.

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.

He organised the material to be included into fifteen chapters, and added a brief preface and an appendix. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

The reception of Aradia amongst Neopagans has not been entirely positive. The type that has been used throughout history and throughout the world.

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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 the 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 witchws, the former revenging themselves in every way, and holding orgies to Diana which the Church represented as being the worship of Satan “.


This is a book of witch lore. The Charge of the Goddessan important piece of liturgy used in Wiccan rituals, [28] was inspired by Aradia’s speech in the first chapter of the book. Seems to tie into some of modern Witchcraft very well.

The History and Development of a Legend.

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. Throughout recorded history witchcraft has been an illegal practice. But I don’t think anyone should read it just because “it’s a classic. Gospel of the Witches Paperback. Also one can also look into “Arcana Mundi” by Georg Luck in the introduction and find examples of statues of the gods being whipped in order to get them to do the bidding of the people.

Like televangelists, and snake-oil salesman, these publishers prey on the vulnerable. Threatening of the goddess or god or any spirit is not unusual historically, and is most definitely a very ancient survival.

After the increase in interest in the text, it became widely available through numerous reprints from a variety of publishers, including a critical edition with a new translation by Mario and Dina Pazzaglini.

You have modern examples of this very same process today, simply look at Santeria for example. The content, however, is anything but suitable for young readers or anybody who thinks witchcraft is all white light and pretty crystals. However, others disagree and believe these are true representations of “the old religion. Leland and the Witches of Italy: