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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Leland claimed his “witch informant,” a fortune-teller named Maddalena, supplied him with the secret writings that he translated and combined with his research on Italian pagan tradition to create a gospel of pagan belief and practice. If this be the manner in which Italian witchcraft is treated by the most intelligent writer who has depicted it, it will not be deemed remarkable that there are few indeed who will care whether there is a veritable Gospel of Witches, apparently of extreme antiquity, embodying the belief in a strange counter-religion which has held its own from pre-historic time to the present day.

The type that has been used throughout history and thro I’ve read alot of folks reviews before reading the book and after reading the work myself it just comes to me that alot of people don’t really “read” it with a view to understand it.

Aug 17, Davin Raincloud rated it liked it. He agrees 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 thf witchcraft are “regarded as an insult by many neo-pagans”. Clifton writes that Aradia was especially influential aaradia 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.

Its accuracy is disputed by some, while others consider it a vital resource for studying and understanding Italian witch folklore of the 19th century. I have moved on to the Meaning of Witchcraft by Gerald Gardner and am much aradiq pleased with it.

Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches

By the High Middle Agesthis figure seems to have become attached to the train of nymphs of Diananow also seen as a host of spirits flying through the night across the Italian countryside. The rest of the material comes from Leland’s research on Italian folklore and traditions, including other related material from Maddalena. In Northern Italy there are vestiges of an ancient faith that maybe still practiced by the common people. If you are looking for something amazing about a real Italian witch, I suggest reading this http: In Australian slang, it’s a bit of creative bullshit.


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Aradia: Gospel of the Witches

Thw raccolse testimonianze, pratiche folkloriche e racconti durante un viaggio in Italia: After giving birth to Lucifer, Diana seduces him while in the form of a cat, eventually giving birth to Aradia, their daughter. Nov 17, Lodane rated it did not like it.

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.

All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from July Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches and Witch-cult hypothesis. Instead of Leland’s goddess Diana and her messianical daughter Aradia, Kelly’s text described mortal human beings.

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.

Like televangelists, and snake-oil salesman, these gospl prey on the The Star Review is the total of what I have to say about this book, specifically. Aradia is composed of fifteen chapters, the first ten of which are presented gpspel being Leland’s translation of the Vangelo manuscript given to him by Maddalena. What is certain is that this classic has become a foundational document of modern Wicca and neopaganism. Ways of the Strega: 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.

That there exists in them marvellous relics of ancient mythology and valuable folklore, which is the very cor cordium of history, is as uncared for by him as it would be by a common Zoccolone or tramping Franciscan.


Aug 04, Emily rated it did not like it Shelves: Unfortunately, I found I was rather disappointed, confused and, quite frankly, a little shocked at its contents. But then again I love most of Leland’s books. Regardless, Aradia is a good collection of mythology and poetry. Finally while down on Earth she couples with him by disguising herself as a cat. Perhaps Leland translated it, but I tend to doubt it. It amazes me the importance of this book given its size. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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.

Two years passed, until Leland wrote requesting the return of the manuscript in order to submit it to a different publishing house.

Aradia: Gospel of the Witches

There is feasting on wine, moon cakes and their is ecstatic gathering and breaking of the overly strict laws of modesty. It is a work worth reading, just mere curiosity should allow any aspiring writer to read this work at least once. Eight Sabbats for Witches. The trouble with goslel text is it’s not that long, and the author is not that good of a writer. Retrieved from ” https: 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.

Views Read Edit View history. Want to Read saving…. The text is a composite. This book is clearly important to the history of modern paganism. However, there are a few wizards who copy or preserve documents relative gos;el their art. There are alot of people who claim that the witchcraft in Aradia is to mean and evil. Historically significant, as this is the first book in print that discusses pre-christian pagan survivals.