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. ]. 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. Preface. If the reader has ever met with the works of the learned folk-lorist G. Pitré, or the articles contributed by “Lady Vere De Vere” to the.
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Leland reported receiving the manuscript from his primary informant on Italian witchcraft beliefs, a woman Leland referred to as “Maddalena” and thee he called his “witch informant” in Italy. Valiente subsequently rewrote the passage in both prose and verse, retaining the “traditional” Aradia lines.
For brief explanation I may say that witch craft is known to its votaries as la vecchia religione, or the old religion, of which Diana is the Goddess, her daughter Aradia or Herodias the female Messiah, and that this little work sets forth how wirches latter was born, came down to earth, established witches and witchcraft, and then returned to heaven.
Who Was the Mysterious Aradia – Italian Goddess or Wicked Witch?
No, don’t think so. The folklorist presents Aradia as a female messiah who came to Earth to th witches in their fight against the Catholic Church. Magliocco calls Aradia “the first real text of the 20th century Witchcraft revival”,  and it is repeatedly cited as being profoundly influential on the development of Wicca. One of the things that seemed odd to me was that the poetry of these Italian devotees of Aradia and Diana was in English.
Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches – Wikipedia
The Sexiest Temples in India. Leland understood it to be an authentic document  of the “Old Religion” of the witches, but explains that he did not know if the text came from written or oral sources.
Title page of the original edition. No trivia or quizzes yet. Open Preview See a Problem? Parts of the speech appeared in an early version of Gardnerian Wicca ritual.
Aradia: Gospel of the Witches by Charles Godfrey Leland
A History of Witchcraft: Leland and the Witches of Italy: Perhaps my taste for mythology has dried up over the hte or I’m too focused on the practical to enjoy it. The book is also a window into the lost world of Etruscan, Roman magic and religion. Chapter I presents the original witches as slaves that escaped from their masters, beginning new lives as “thieves and evil folk”.
When the Hebrews conquered Canaan, they took the Canaanite Gods and made them demons. I have moved on to the Meaning of Witchcraft by Gerald Gardner and am much more pleased with it. Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
Clifton writes that Aradia was especially influential for leaders of the Wiccan religious movement in the s and s, but that the book no longer appears on the “reading lists” given by members to newcomers, nor is it extensively cited in more recent Neopagan books. Author Raven Grimassi has written extensively about Aradia in his popularization of Stregheriapresenting what he admits is his own personal rendering of her story.
Here, in the story of the goddess Aradia, who qitches 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.
Aradia: Gospel of the Witches
Goddess Diana Leaving Her Bath. Lines and paragraphs break automatically. Skip to main content. He differs from Leland in many ways, particularly in portraying her as a witch who lived and taught in 14th-century Italy, rather than a goddess.
After separating from Lucifer Diana suddenly has a longing for him. 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 text apparently corroborates the thesis of Margaret Murray that early modern and Renaissance witchcraft represented a survival of ancient pagan beliefs, and after Gerald Gardner ‘s claim to have encountered religious witchcraft in 20th-century England,  the works of Michelet, Murray, and Leland helped support at least ggospel possibility that such a survival could exist.
This page was last edited on 28 Januaryat Mar 07, Dawn Albright rated it it was amazing. Paperback80 pages. In several places Leland provides the Italian he was translating.
The elder gods created Diana and from her other half came the sun god Lucifer. Leland describes her as belonging to a vanishing hhe of sorcery.