Aradia Or the Gospel of the Witches

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BiblioBazaar, Feb 22, 2008 - Religion - 136 pages
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First published in 1899, Charles Godfrey Leland's ARADIA, OR THE GOSPEL OF THE WITCHES is one of the earliest documentary testaments to the genuine survival of ancient European witchcraft and pagan goddess religion well into the 19th Century, and has become a seminal inspiration for the 20th Century resurrection/reconstruction of magickal beliefs in the modern practices of Wicca and NeoPaganism. This is a must-study volume for contemporary witches who seek to develop a Faith rooted in history and Tradition, rather than just the latest "Wicca 101" fad.

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Charles Godfrey Leland was born in Philadelphia on August 15, 1824, the eldest child of commission merchant Charles Leland and his wife Charlotte. Leland loved reading and language. When he moved to Europe to study law, he became intrigued with German culture, gypsy lore, the language of Romany, and Shelta, an ancient dialect spoken by Irish and Welsh gypsies. After his law studies were completed, Leland became a journalist, working for such periodicals as P.T. Barnum's Illustrated News, Vanity Fair, and Graham's Magazine. The mid-to-late 1850s were very eventful for Leland; he published his first book, Meister Karl's Sketch-Book in 1855 and married Eliza Bella Fisher in 1856. What probably clinched his fame was "Hans Breitmann's Party" a German dialect poem that he wrote under the pen name Hans Breitmann and that captured the Pennsylvania Dutch dialect and humor. While he was best known for his essays, poetry, and humor, Leland also firmly believed that the industrial arts were the keys to a good education, and he wrote many textbooks on the subject. Leland spent most of the latter part of his life in Europe, writing a wealth of books. He died in Florence, Italy, on March 20, 1903.

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