Aradia: Gospel of the Witches

Aradia Gospel of the Witches Its accuracy is disputed by some while others consider it a vital resource for studying and understanding Italian witch folklore of the th century What is certain is that this classic has beco

  • Title: Aradia: Gospel of the Witches
  • Author: Charles Godfrey Leland
  • ISBN: 9781602063020
  • Page: 326
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 thatIts 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 American journalist and folklorist CHARLES GODFREY LELAND 1824 1903 was editor of Continental Monthly during the Civil War and coined the term emancipation as an alternative to abolition, but he is best remembered for his books on ethnography, folklore, and language, including The Gypsies 1882 , The Hundred Riddles of the Fairy Bellaria 1892 , and Unpublished Legends of Virgil 1899.

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    1. Charles Godfrey Leland

      Charles Godfrey Leland August 15, 1824 March 20, 1903 was an American humorist and folklorist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania He was educated at Princeton University and in Europe.Leland worked in journalism, travelled extensively, and became interested in folklore and folk linguistics, publishing books and articles on American and European languages and folk traditions Leland worked in a wide variety of trades, achieved recognition as the author of the comic Hans Breitmann s Ballads, fought in two conflicts, and wrote what was to become a primary source text for Neopaganism half a century later, Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches.

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    1. In Northern Italy there are vestiges of an ancient faith that maybe still practiced by the common people. It is a vestige left over from the ancient Etruscan religion. The Etruscans lived in Tuscany, Italy. The main Goddess for the practitioners of this faith is the Goddess Diana. She is the Goddess of the moon, queen of the fairies and protector of the down trodden. She is also the goddess of witchcraft.Charles Godfrey Leland traveled to Italy in the Mid to late 1800's and gather all this mater [...]


    2. This is a book I had been meaning to read for some time. Thankfully, it's very short and I managed to read it in entirety yesterday. This book is considered important to modern Witchcraft from a historical standpoint. I, however, did not like it and consider it to be a fine example of primitive and unsubstantial folklore you could find. 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. While I [...]


    3. Aradia is considered the foundation text for modern witchcraft, especially British Traditional Wicca. It was from this book that Aleister Crowley “borrowed” the invocation of Diana and Aradia for his Thelemic text The Book of the Law, which Gerald Gardner paraphrased for his own original BOS that Doreen Valiente later rewrote into her liturgical masterpiece The Charge of The Goddess (versions 1 & 2). It amazes me the importance of this book given its size. In many ways it reads like a ch [...]


    4. It was OK. Too disjointed for my tastes. I get that they are stories passed down from generation to generation, but that doesn't make them good. Some are difficult to find a point to. Of course, it is a must read if you are into Stregarian Witchcraft. But only because the characters in the stories are important in the tradition. I just have a problem with the complete lack of continuity, or even correspondence between even the same god or goddess. It's like, here's a story, here's some more rand [...]


    5. Perhaps my taste for mythology has dried up over the years or I'm too focused on the practical to enjoy it.Regardless, Aradia is a good collection of mythology and poetry. In my younger years, I would have loved it. I'd say it's more appropriate to witches without a trad/denomination, practitioners of Stregheria, or Dianic Wiccans than it is to me.Still, I suppose one of the tests is being able to tackle it and know that at the end.


    6. 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." Not only that, he admits that he's rewritten a lot of the translated texts, to keep with his "feeling" of what the "intent" of the Italian was. His bias is basically shoveled into the work.I have to admit that there's some useful stuff in there, but I can't really recommend it.




    7. It is a work worth reading, just mere curiosity should allow any aspiring writer to read this work at least once.


    8. Práticas diferentes do que estou acostumada, uma visão também muito diferente da bruxaria e dos deuses. Nunca sequer imagino-me ameaçar minha deusa rs.Mas interessante!


    9. 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.


    10. Short, somewhat interesting read. Recommended to me as 'necessary' reading for a deeper understanding of Trad Witchcraft. The book reads like a pamphlet or a brief essay and is anecdotal at best. I wouldn't consider this even an abstract of stregheria. Raymond Buckland's book on Gypsy Magic, much maligned over the years, has more depth regarding Roma than Leland susses out in his months of research and so-called immersion. This book is at best a five-and-dime paperback with some incantations thr [...]


    11. - will write a full review on this later on -TLDR thoughts; a big part of modern witchcraft history that can't be ignored. Has some beautiful ideas in it; though it is the gospel of the witches, don't take everything in it as gospel.


    12. I've read alot of folks reviews before reading the book and after reading the work myself it just comes to me that alot of people don't really "read" it with a view to understand it. I have alot of areas to cover so I guess I will just jump into the first thing that comes to mind.There are alot of people who claim that the witchcraft in Aradia is to mean and evil. They need to remember that this is not modern wicca, this is real witchcraft. The type that has been used throughout history and thro [...]


    13. últimamente he querido leer de brujería, por las ideas de Silvia Federicci que la quema de brujas en la edad media fue un epistemicidio de conocimiento femenino y herbolaria, siento que quizá leyendo de "stregoneria" pueda encontrar algo de viejos conocimientos de la tierra italianaEste es un libro corto, me encontré un pdf en internet, y es bastante disperso, hay historias, anécdotas, oraciones, llamamientos, pero lo que más me interesó fueron las notas del autor donde hace referencias h [...]


    14. I've read this several times and never seem to read every word. It's one of those strange books that you can pick up repeatedly and always see something new. For that, I think I will continue to re-read "Aradia" again and again.It's a very small book, but dense in language. The stories are interesting and quite different from what we see in other mythology concerning witchcraft. For clarity (and the option to use invocations in their original language) I very much appreciate Leland giving them i [...]


    15. This book is clearly important to the history of modern paganism. The cadence and phrasing of the poetry presented here is replicated in many places that I have encountered. The story focuses on the "witch cult" idea that was popular in the early to mid 1900s (and apparently the late 1800s, as well), which tied ideas about witches sabbats common from folklore with the idea of witchcraft being a survival of pre-Christian religion, in this case, the worship of Diana. As folk stories and mythology, [...]


    16. Aradia Gospel of the Witches 1899 yılında basılmış. Yazar Charles G. Leland çalışmalarını sürdürürken "Maddalena" isimli bir falcı ile tanışmış ve böylelikle İtalyan büyücülüğünü, eski dini ve Tanrıça Diana kültürünü keşfetmiş. Yazara göre anlatılanlar tamamen gerçek. 1886 yılında cadı sanatına dair gizli belgeler içeren bir el yazması olduğunu öğreniyor ve 1897 yılında Maddalena tarafından kendisine bu el yazması ulaştırılıyor. Herodias (Ar [...]


    17. I don't see this book being very popular with many pagans. It's revered by 'some' witches, who find inspiration in it's poetic tale. Too many pagans these days are too literal to enjoy what I consider a piece of art.In Australian slang, it's a bit of creative bullshit. You get out of it what you like.The trouble with the text is it's not that long, and the author is not that good of a writer. But people enjoy it as a bit of a heretical indulgence. It's interesting that some of the problems with [...]


    18. Interesting. I liked the prose and prayers that it contained. I think that it confused me more than helped me about the lore and which gods and goddesses are which, though. That was the first I read about her brother being named "Lucifer" instead of "Apollo". And from all I had learned, I thought Diana/Artemis was a chaste goddess and didn't have children, but that could just be my ignorance. Also, the rituals seem much simpler than casting circles and using altars like in other Pagan rituals.


    19. I read this a long time ago, and, I have to admit, I did not understand it. Since then, I have heard some people discount Leland's story that he got this from an Italian Strega. However, I was doing to some research just recently, and I learned that "Aradia" may be a misspelling of "Herodia", who was the mother of Salome in the New Testament, and who demanded the head of John the Baptist. So, now, my curiosity is peaked, and I want to further research into this.


    20. A thoughtful readThrough history and folklore, it is quite compelling what has become of Aradia, Diana, and Lucifer. The parallels of scripture, hymns,and incantations, if one has knowledge, is quite interesting. I must add that this book was brought to light by Martin Rombergs music album entitled Witch Mass. Which this text was the primary influence for the beautifully composed choral music.


    21. An OK book that I found online as a public domain read.e book is a collection of pagan rites etc connected to the Goddess Diana and its of some interest but ultimately didn't thrillme of the grammar and spelling etc is terrible but it is readablei'm not sure if this was in transcribing or whether the piece was initially poor in this respect as there is a part of the book whereby the author bemoans corrections to previous works of his passing on error to the original source material.


    22. A classic for the Witch's bookshelf. While it's authenticity is under debate, Aradia is an essential neopagan text, and a fascinating read. What I found most interesting about this text is the repeated theme of threatening the god or spirit one is petitioning if they don't grant one's request. Recommended reading for anyone interested in traditional witchcraft or the history of the neopagan movement.


    23. Very disappointing. Seems like it was written by a very vindictive person, full of self loathing and hate. If this is what the Cristian church saw as the Wiccans full belief then I can fully understand why the went crazy and became murderous villains.


    24. I'm not the biggest fan of Stregheria but, to be honest, I really enjoyed reading this book.It gave me more awareness to the other paths out there and it made me understand a bit more about Aradia and Diana as deities and how they are worshipped and such.I liked this book.


    25. If it has one star I liked it a lot If it has two stars I liked it a lot and would recommend itIf it has three stars I really really liked it a lot If it has four stars I insist you read it If it has five stars it was life changing


    26. I know lots of people rave about this book but my 2nd time through I still think, "Its ok". Sure the spells and charms are cool, but I feel like it needs more Like there should have been more stories and lore. But its still interesting


    27. I'm not sure exactly what I have read, I was hoping this to be a book that offers historical perspective however it gave me no understanding to the history of the modern Wicca and witchcraft . What I read was a fair potion of witch-lore, mythology and poetry.


    28. Great book.I feel that much of the so called "history" given is at some times suspect, and even hypocritical to modern "witch" groups that acknowledge this work. I did enjoy it, however


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