Embracing the Witch and the Goddess: Feminist Ritual-makers in New Zealand

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Psychology Press, 2004 - Religion - 223 pages
Embracing the Witch and the Goddess is a detailed survey of present-day feminist witches in New Zealand. It examines the attraction of witchcraft for its practitioners, and explores witches' rituals, views and beliefs about how magic works. The book provides a detailed portrait of an undocumented section of the growing neo-pagan movement, and compares the special character of New Zealand witchcraft with its counterparts in the United States, Great Britain, and Australia.
Kathryn Rountree traces the emergence and history of feminist witchcraft, and links witchcraft with the contemporary Goddess movement. She reviews scholarly approaches on the study of witchcraft and deals with the key debates which have engaged the movement's adherents and their critics, and ultimately presents what Mary Daly declared was missing from most historical and anthropological research on witchcraft: a 'Hag-identified vision'.
Based on fieldwork amongst witch practitioners, Embracing the Witch and the Goddess is an important contribution to the emerging profile of present-day witchcraft and paganism.
 

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Contents

Introduction
11
Approaches to witchcraft
13
Feminists and witches
33
Feminists and the Goddess
50
Researching witches becoming enchanted
71
Feminist witchcraft in New Zealand origins and development
85
The attraction of witchcraft
101
The attraction of the Goddess witches worldviews
121
What witches do
138
Ritual as artefact
159
How magic works
170
Remembering the witch and the Goddess
185
Notes
195
References
207
Index
219
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About the author (2004)

Kathryn Rountree is a senior lecturer in Social Anthropology at Massey University. As well as publishing widely in academic journals on aspects of feminist witchcraft and Goddess spirituality, she has written texts on academic writing and a series of educational books on New Zealand prehistory.

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