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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There’s a problem with 19th century religious studies texts is the blatant “my research is better, and oh by the way, read this other work I’ve written. The Star Review is the total of what I have to say about this book, specifically. Archived from the original on With it are given the ceremonies and invocations or incantations to be addressed to Diana and Aradia, the exorcism of Cain, and the spells of the holy-stone, rue, and verbena, constituting, as the text declares, the regular church-service, so to speak, which is to be chanted or pronounced at the witch-meetings.

The content, however, is anything but suitable for young readers or anybody who thinks witchcraft is all white light and pretty crystals. Charles Godfrey Leland traveled to Italy in the Mid to late ‘s and gather all this material about the ancient Etruscan religion.

After the eleven-year search, Leland writes that he was unsurprised by the contents of the Vangelo. But in Northern Italy, as its literature indicates, though there has been some slight gathering of fairy tales and popular superstitions by scholars, there has never existed the least interest as regarded the strange lore of the witches, nor any suspicion that it embraced an incredible quantity of old Roman minor myths and legends, such as Ovid has recorded, but of which much escaped him and all other Latin writers [2].

This was the readily available faith in my household as a child. This same union had it been understood by the Romans would have been between Diana and the Sun god Helos? In his studies, Leland met a woman witch who allegedly became his confidant, and informant. Feb 21, Johnn Escobar rated it really liked it.


Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches

For clarity and the option to use invocations in their original language I very much appreciate Leland giving them in both Italian and English, though he does reference once or twice adapting pieces that are not shown in their original form.

From my layman’s understanding of this subject matter, the aaradia that Leland gleaned naturally parallels some of the ancient Greek, Etruscan, and Roman mythology.

I am not sure what I was expecting. I should, however, in justice to those who do care to explore dark and bewildering paths, explain clearly that witch-lore is hidden with most wiches care from all save a very few in Italy, just as it is among the Chippeway Medas or the Black Voodoo.

Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. One last thing to relate is that this “Gospel” was given to the oppressed as a means to level the playing field between them and their oppressors. The manuscript was written in Maddalena’s handwriting. In the 20th century, the book was very influential in the development of the contemporary Pagan religion of Wicca.

Write a customer review. Hay una parte en la que habla que en los llamamientos antiguos se usa mucho el amenazar aeadia la divinidad: Leland had been informed of the Vangelo ‘ s existence inbut it took Maddalena eleven years to provide him with a copy. Gospel of the Witches Paperback. This lack of cohesion, or “inconsistency”, is an argument for the text’s authenticity, according to religious scholar Chas S. It would be nice to see it reformatted to be able to actually read. Dragomanoff told me how a certain man in Hungary, having learned that he had collected many spells which were indeed subsequently published in folklore journalsstole into the scholar’s room and surreptitiously copied them, so that the next year when Dragomanoff returned, witchee found the thief in full practice as a blooming magician.

Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Un “must have” per chi si interessa di stregheria. The Norwegian classical composer Martin Romberg wrote a Mass for mixed choir in seven parts after a selection of poems from Leland’s text.

There has always been conjecture by historians as to the validity of the “Witch’s Gospel. Leland claimed his “witch informant,” a fortune-teller named Maddalena, supplied him with the secret writings that Its accuracy is disputed by some, while others consider it a vital resource for studying and understanding Italian witch folklore of the 19th century.


Leland’s final draft was a slim volume. It amazes me the importance of this book given its size.

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To do Stregeria all one needs is intent, invocation and then maybe the offering or spellcraft. 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 wtiches. Usually a spell is something as simple as making an invocation to the goddess and leaving an offering.

Another great work of scholarship of Leland, this one surrounding the well-known grimoire and the revival of modern witchcraft inspired by this and related works. I wouldn’t consider this even an abstract of stregheria. It is a vestige left over from the ancient Etruscan religion. 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.

Tirei algumas coisas bacanas do livro. The Witches gather together monthly on the full moon, their celebration a sabbat. Also, the rituals seem much withes than casting circles and using altars like in other Pagan rituals. Cursing, poisoning and controlling type love spells are all advocated as a means to exact revenge on economic oppressors i.

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Aradia: Gospel of the Witches

No trivia or quizzes yet. Often time they were forced to work as slaves and their property was confiscated arbitrarily by the Church of oppressive noblemen. Return to Book Page. No, don’t think so. However, others disagree and believe these are true representations of “the old religion.

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