Its accuracy is disputed by some, while others consider it a vital resource for studying and understanding Italian witch folklore of the 19th century. What is certain is that this 1899 classic has become a foundational document of modern Wicca and neopaganism. 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. Here, in the story of the goddess Aradia, who came to Earth to champion oppressed peasants in their fight against their feudal overlords and the Catholic Church, are the chants, prayers, spells, and rituals that have become the centerpieces of contemporary pagan faiths.
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This expanded edition features contributions by several eminent authorities: Mario Pazzaglini, PhD, whose family origins on both sides are deeply rooted in the area where Aradia originated, has spent 25 years working on this new translation. He gives a line-by-line transcription showing where Leland made his original errors as a result of his lack of comprehension of the dialect of the area. The new translation is then presented in the same format as the original edition (which is included here as well). Mario's research notes are also included. Chas Clifton has been studying witchcraft and the occult for over 25 years. He teaches at the University of Colorado and has a long list of published books to his name, including: Iron Mountain: A Journal of Magical Religion, The Modern Rites of Passage, Witchcraft and Shamanism and Sacred Mask, Sacred Dance. He discusses the significance of Aradia on the revival of modern witchcraft. Robert Mathieson Ph.D., has been a member of the faculty of Brown University for over 30 years. During the last decade most of his research has been on the historical development of magical theories and practices form the Middle Ages to the present. He writes on the origins of Aradia, including the culture and religion of the area, as well as the difficulties involved in retranslating the book. Stewart Farrar was a professional journalist and author of many books on the occult including The Witches' Goddess, The Pagan Path, Spells and How They Work and The Witches' Way. He regularly appeared on television and radio and was featured in a film on witchcraft. He died in 2000.
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Descrizione libro Jan 01, 1999. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria H8-LKI1-U51W
Descrizione libro Phoenix Publishing (WA), 1999. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Never used!. Codice libro della libreria P110919345344