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1. Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches:
2. Stregheria
3. Strega Nona's ethnic alchemy:
4. Aradia - Or The Gospel Of The

1. Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches: Charles Godfrey Leland, Ritual, Witch-cult hypothesis, Neopaganism, Wicca, Stregheria, Manuscript, Culture of Italy, ... Goddess, Aradia (goddess), Feudalism
Paperback: 164 Pages (2009-12-23)
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Asin: 6130261683
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Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches is an 1899 book by Charles Godfrey Leland. The book is an attempt to portray the beliefs and rituals of an underground religious witchcraft tradition in Tuscany that, Leland claimed, had survived for centuries until his discovery of its existence in the 1890s. Scholars have disputed the veracity of this claim. Still, the book has become one of the foundational texts of the Neopagan witchcraft movements Wicca and Stregheria. The text is a composite. Some of it is Leland's translation into English of an original Italian manuscript, the Vangelo (gospel). Leland reported receiving the manuscript from his primary informant on Italian witchcraft beliefs, a woman Leland referred to as "Maddalena" and whom he called his "witch informant" in Italy. The rest of the material comes from Leland's research on Italian folklore and traditions, including other related material from Maddalena ... Read more

2. Stregheria
by Lambert M. Surhone, Miriam T. Timpledon, Susan F. Marseken
Paperback: 194 Pages (2010-05-19)
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Asin: 6130440596
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High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Stregheria is the term used to describe Italian witchcraft, and is also used to refer to a neopagan witchcraft-based religion originating from Italy. Stregheria is sometimes referred to as La Vecchia Religione (meaning the Old Religion) or the Strega tradition. The word "stregheria" is, in modern times, considered to be an archaic Italian word meaning "witchcraft", with the modern Italian word being stregoneria. Some scholars, such as Raven Grimassi and Charles G. Leland, have claimed that Stregheria was an ancient pre-Christian, pagan religion, that survived the witch-hunt in Italy. Leland published Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches, which he claimed was a scripture of this ancient religion, though some scholars[who?] have questioned the validity of the work. Unlike most other witchcraft traditions, with the exception of Gardnerian Wicca, Stregheria has received attention from the academic community. ... Read more

3. Strega Nona's ethnic alchemy: magic pasta, stregheria and that amazing disappearing "n".(Critical essay): An article from: MELUS
by Lina Insana
 Digital: 46 Pages (2006-06-22)
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Asin: B000SHN1IS
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This digital document is an article from MELUS, published by Thomson Gale on June 22, 2006. The length of the article is 13679 words. The page length shown above is based on a typical 300-word page. The article is delivered in HTML format and is available in your Amazon.com Digital Locker immediately after purchase. You can view it with any web browser.

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Title: Strega Nona's ethnic alchemy: magic pasta, stregheria and that amazing disappearing "n".(Critical essay)
Author: Lina Insana
Publication: MELUS (Magazine/Journal)
Date: June 22, 2006
Publisher: Thomson Gale
Volume: 31Issue: 2Page: 207(37)

Article Type: Critical essay

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4. Aradia - Or The Gospel Of The Witches: Cool Collector's Edition - Printed In Modern Gothic Fonts
by Charles Leland
Paperback: 108 Pages (2008-12-31)
list price: US$15.95
Isbn: 1440475539
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
I ordered this book as part of the required reading in a course of study I am doing on Wicca.I have not finished it, though it is a short book, mainly because I find it a depressing attitude toward Wicca.The ancients commanded and threatened their dieties to get what they wanted.Maybe I am reading into it more or less than it is and I plan to go back and re-read it during the course of study to see if my attitude changes.I would not have purchased it if not for the required reading.

5-0 out of 5 stars Historically Valuable
I liked this book, from a historical view point... OK, maybe it is not your typical modern Wicca book, but it gives a plausible historical context for the modern practice of Strega, or Roman witchcraft. Slaves escaped, they hid in the hills, they hated the "Establishment", and their Paganism developed into a magickal craft focused on curses, hexes and getting what they wanted. Makes sense, and this book at least provides food for thought!

5-0 out of 5 stars This Samhain Song Press Edition is True to Leland's Original Text
Hello, my name is Hrafen Starbourne, and I am the editor of Samhain Song Press, the publisher of the version of ARADIA on this Amazon product page. Please note that the Samhain Song Press edition of the classic work of Pagan/Witchcraft scholarship is 100% true to the Leland's original text, and has in no way been added to, subtracted from or altered in any way. This is ARADIA as Leland meant it to be read, and as Gerald Gardner, Doreen Valiente and other pioneers of the modern Wiccan religion read it and found in its pages their inspiration to bring Goddess religion back into the world. Please don't be put off by reviews referencing another edition of ARADIA. This is not the A. J. Drew version, and no "new preface" has been added. What you will find in the Samhain Song Press edition is pure Leland, expounding with inimitable 19th Century poetic passion upon his discoveries concerning ancient Italian Witchcraft. ARADIA is a must-read/must-study text for all serious Wiccans/Pagans, and this is a very fine (and affordable)edition for your magickal library!

By the way -- If you got an Amazon Kindle wireless reading device for Yule, don't miss the Samhain Song Press Kindle edition of this title!

5-0 out of 5 stars THIS IS NOT THE AJ DREW EDITION!!!!
I think it is important that everyone should know that this is NOT the A. J. Drew edition of Aradia that is being blasted by a number of reviews on this page.I don't know why those other reviews are here. This Samhain Song Press edition of this Witchcraft classic by Charles Leland is meticulously true to the original, and has no new preface or introduction by anybody in the modern neopagan movement.Even the original cover has been reproduced for this version, though I think it is actually from the interior flyleaf of the 1899 original. It's still neat, though. Don't be misled by the one and two star ratings on this page --they are for another book entirely. I agree that Drew's version of Aradia from 2004 or so was not all it was advertised to be, but that is not so of this edition. It does not claim to have new material, but rather to be Leland's original text in its entirety, just as Leland himself presented it to the world over 100 years ago. Leland's Aradia and Margaret Alice Murray's Witch-Cult in Western Europe were the two prime sources of inspiration for Gerald Gardner, Doreen Valiente and other 20th Century originators of modern Wicca. There is a nifty edition of Murray's Witch-Cult, by the way, that is also available from Samhain Song Press, but only the Kindle edition has shown up on Amazon so far. Both Aradia and Witch-Cult are titles everyone calling themselves Wiccan should read, if only to gain insight into the true roots of the movement, which is revealed in these books to be about as far away from "fluffy bunny" as it is possible to get. Aradia, for example, is full of wonderful spells that require the witch to threaten the gods and the like, and Witch-Cult has reports from Inquisition witchcraft trials of people suckling frog-like familiars from hidden teats in secret places on their bodies... Ultra-fluffy Silver Ravenwolf would convert to X-ianity confronted by either of these books (or anything even vaguely resembling real magick, for that matter), and if the thought of that pleases you as much as it does me, you simply MUST read Aradia!

1-0 out of 5 stars A Waste of Time
Unfortunately, I must agree with most of the reviewers and say that this book has very little to offer.Leland's Aradia book is already widely available by the orignal author.Drew basically offers a reprint of what is already widely available elsewhere, but adds his name to the work.The only difference between the original is that Drew includes his comments, which actually contribute very little to the book as a whole. He does not seem to possess more than a knodding acquaintance with the material, and so his additions seem to serve little usefulness for the reader.

The promotional blurbs for this book purports it to be something new, informative, and refreshing for those already familiar with Leland's material.Sadly, the author provides nothing to substantiate the hype for this book.It is instead a lackluster presentation of some rather mediocre musings on the part of the author.As someone interested in Leland's Aradia, I was very disappointed with the book. ... Read more

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