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Witchcraft from the Inside: Origins of the Fastest Growing Religious Movement in America (Llewellyn's World Religion & Magick)

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The word Witchcraft has been misunderstood for centuries. In the past 500 years, millions of people have faced persecution, torture, and even death after being accused of practicing Witchcraft.

For many people the word Witch still conjures up images of secret spells and diabolical midnight rituals. So what exactly is Witchcraft (also called Wica or Wicca), and how did it evolve into one of today's fastest-growing religions?

Witchcraft From the Inside presents the history of Witchcraft--from its roots in ancient fertility religions, to the madness of the Malleus Maleficarum and the European Witch trials, to the growth of modern Wicca in Britain and the United States. Essays contributed by leading Wiccan authorities explore the present state of Wicca and provide a glimpse into the future of this peaceful nature religion.

Author Ray Buckland studied Witchcraft under Gerald Gardner, the man largely credited for the revival of Witchcraft and the establishment of Wicca as a modern religion. Mr. Buckland was instrumental in bringing Gardnerian Witchcraft from England to the United States and is considered to be one of the leading American authorities on Witchcraft.

In the following excerpt, Mr. Buckland explains the mundane truths behind the seemingly horrific ingredients of the legendary witches' brews.

We know, from Shakespeare and other sources, that the Witches threw into their pots the most gruesome ingredients, right? There were things like the tongue of a snake, bloody fingers, catgut, donkey's eyes, frog's foot, goat's beard, a Jew's ear, mouse tail, snake head, swine snout, wolf's foot, and so on. Pretty disgusting by the sound of it--if you take them at face value In fact these were all the most innocuous of ingredients: normal plants and herbs.

Today all plants have a Latin name, so that they may be distinct and positively identified. Yet years ago they were known only by common, local names. A plant or herb might be known by one name in one part of the country and a quite different name in another part of the country. And these names were colorful ones, frequently given to the plant because of its looks, color, or other attributes.

In the above list, adder's tongue was a name given to the dogtooth violet (Erythronium americanum); bloody fingers was the foxglove (Digitalis purpurea); catgut was the hoary pea (Tephrosia virginiana); donkey's eyes were the seeds of the cowage plant (Mucuna pruriens); frog's foot was the bulbous buttercup (Ranunculus bulbosus); goat's beard was the vegetable oyster (Tragopogon porrofolius); Jew's ear was a fungus that grew on elder trees and elm trees (Peziza auricula); mouse tail was common stonecrop (Sedum acre); snake head was balmony (Chelone glabra); swine snout was the dandelion (Taraxacum dens leonis); and wolf's foot was bugle weed (Lycopus virginicus). So the seemingly fearsome concoctions that the Witches mixed up in their cauldrons were nothing more than simple herbs going into a cookpot

Synopsis:

The word Witchcraft has been misunderstood for centuries. In the past 500 years, millions of people have faced persecution, torture, and even death after being accused of practicing Witchcraft.

For many people the word Witch still conjures up images of secret spells and diabolical midnight rituals. So what exactly is Witchcraft (also called Wica or Wicca), and how did it evolve into one of today's fastest-growing religions?

Witchcraft From the Inside presents the history of Witchcraft — from its roots in ancient fertility religions, to the madness of the Malleus Maleficarum and the European Witch trials, to the growth of modern Wicca in Britain and the United States. Essays contributed by leading Wiccan authorities explore the present state of Wicca and provide a glimpse into the future of this peaceful nature religion.

Author Raymond Buckland, Ph.D. studied Witchcraft under Gerald Gardner, the man largely credited for the revival of Witchcraft and the establishment of Wicca as a modern religion. Dr. Buckland was instrumental in bringing Gardnerian Witchcraft from England to the United States and is considered to be one of the leading American authorities on Witchcraft.

Synopsis:

Origins of the fastest growing religious in movement in America. An insider's insight into historical and modern day witchcraft.

Synopsis:

In this revised edition, respected authority Ray Buckland gives you the insider's view of historical and modern Witchcraft--how covens are formed and structured, the various branches of Wicca, rituals, sabbats and esbats and magic. Includes new material on teens and Wicca, feminist Wicca plus never-before-published photos of Gerald Gardner.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 199-207) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781567181012
Author:
Buckland, Raymond
Publisher:
Llewellyn Publications
Location:
St. Paul, Minn., U.S.A. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Witchcraft
Subject:
Witchcraft & Wicca
Subject:
Magick Studies
Subject:
Inspiration & Personal Growth
Subject:
Witchcraft -- History.
Subject:
Metaphysics-Magic Witchcraft and Paganism
Edition Number:
3
Edition Description:
Rev. and enl. 3rd ed.
Series:
Llewellyn's World Religion & Magick
Series Volume:
TN-219
Publication Date:
20020931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9.01x6.00x.60 in. .83 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Politics » General
Metaphysics » General
Metaphysics » Magic Witchcraft and Paganism
Metaphysics » Wicca and Goddess Worship
Religion » Comparative Religion » General
Religion » Western Religions » Inspirational
Travel » General

Witchcraft from the Inside: Origins of the Fastest Growing Religious Movement in America (Llewellyn's World Religion & Magick)
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"Synopsis" by , The word Witchcraft has been misunderstood for centuries. In the past 500 years, millions of people have faced persecution, torture, and even death after being accused of practicing Witchcraft.

For many people the word Witch still conjures up images of secret spells and diabolical midnight rituals. So what exactly is Witchcraft (also called Wica or Wicca), and how did it evolve into one of today's fastest-growing religions?

Witchcraft From the Inside presents the history of Witchcraft — from its roots in ancient fertility religions, to the madness of the Malleus Maleficarum and the European Witch trials, to the growth of modern Wicca in Britain and the United States. Essays contributed by leading Wiccan authorities explore the present state of Wicca and provide a glimpse into the future of this peaceful nature religion.

Author Raymond Buckland, Ph.D. studied Witchcraft under Gerald Gardner, the man largely credited for the revival of Witchcraft and the establishment of Wicca as a modern religion. Dr. Buckland was instrumental in bringing Gardnerian Witchcraft from England to the United States and is considered to be one of the leading American authorities on Witchcraft.

"Synopsis" by , Origins of the fastest growing religious in movement in America. An insider's insight into historical and modern day witchcraft.
"Synopsis" by , In this revised edition, respected authority Ray Buckland gives you the insider's view of historical and modern Witchcraft--how covens are formed and structured, the various branches of Wicca, rituals, sabbats and esbats and magic. Includes new material on teens and Wicca, feminist Wicca plus never-before-published photos of Gerald Gardner.
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