Aradia: The Gospel of the Witches

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Book Tree, Jan 1, 2004 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 152 pages
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This first edition reprint tells how the author met a woman in Italy in the 1800s. She revealed to him Strega, or the Old Religion, which had its roots in religions that pre-dated Christianity. An important book for modern Wiccans, with a great impact upon its beliefs. Gives anyone with an interest in religions what some of the more ancient beliefs may have been in earlier times. Also one of the standard texts for Wiccans. An important document often used called the Charge of the Goddess was taken from this book, although not named so here. A must read for those studying pagan or Wiccan traditions.

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User Review  - lkrough2 - LibraryThing

The story of Aradia and the information that she supposedly passed on to Charles Leland. I think that this has since been discredited, but it is a good book to read for refernce to the origins of modern witchcraft both from the Wiccan and Stregheria perspective. Read full review


User Review  - bgerling -

a great book to have in the collection love it and happy to own it Read full review

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About the author (2004)

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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