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by Charles Godfrey Leland

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  • ISBN 1615340254
  • ISBN13 978-1615340255
  • Language English
  • Author Charles Godfrey Leland
  • Publisher EZreads Publications, LLC (February 24, 2009)
  • Pages 108
  • Formats lrf azw txt doc
  • Category Religion
  • Subcategory New Age and Spirituality
  • Size ePub 1266 kb
  • Size Fb2 1536 kb
  • Rating: 4.1
  • Votes: 371

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. Leland had been informed of the Vangelo's existence in 1886, but it took Maddalena eleven years to provide him with a copy. After translating and editing the material, it took another two years for the book to be published. Its fifteen chapters portray the origins, beliefs, rituals and spells of an Italian pagan witchcraft tradition. The central figure of that religion is the goddess Aradia, who came to Earth to teach the practice of witchcraft to peasants in order for them to oppose their feudal oppressors and the Catholic Church.

Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches is a book composed by the American folklorist Charles Godfrey Leland that was published in 1899

Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches is a book composed by the American folklorist Charles Godfrey Leland that was published in 1899. It contains what he believed was the religious text of a group of pagan witches in Tuscany, Italy that documented their beliefs and rituals, although various historians and folklorists have disputed the existence of such a group. In the 20th century, the book was very influential in the development of the contemporary Pagan religion of Wicca.

Charles Godfrey Leland (August 15, 1824 – March 20, 1903) was an American humorist, writer, 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.

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Aradia: Gospel of Witches" was written by Charles Godfrey Leland in 1899. Leland was basically an Anthropologist and folklorist who began his studies of ancient witchcraft in and around Italy in about 1862. He was attempting to gain old knowledge regarding "witchcraft" and its beginnings

Aradia: Gospel of Witches" was written by Charles Godfrey Leland in 1899. He was attempting to gain old knowledge regarding "witchcraft" and its beginnings. In his studies, Leland met a woman (witch) who allegedly became his confidant, and informant. This informant, "Maddalena" supposedly assisted Leland in gathering secret writings, and incantations that had been used in "Stregheria" for hundreds, even thousands of years. There has always been conjecture by historians as to the validity of the "Witch's Gospel.

Aradia – not, Mr. Leland thinks, the Herodias of the New Testament, but an earlier replica of Lilith-is the chief patron of witches and the teacher of witchcraft

Aradia – not, Mr. Leland thinks, the Herodias of the New Testament, but an earlier replica of Lilith-is the chief patron of witches and the teacher of witchcraft. Deeply interesting is all that is said concerning her, and the book, which translates the poetic invocations, is a treasure-house to the student of witchcraft and myth. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

Charles Godfrey Leland.

Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches is an 1899 book by Charles . Charles Godfrey Leland's youth was almost idyllic. It is unfortunate that Charles Godfrey Leland has been forgotten in many of the academic centers of America. He was truly a fascinating person.

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. He went to a series of private schools in Philadelphia and during the summer lived with his cousins I the New England countryside.

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Kigul
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 book's importance given its size. In many ways it reads like a children’s book on Italian folklore. Only in this case the folklore is about witches. The writing style certainly is easy and suitable for all reading levels. You can read Aradia in one sitting. The content, however, is anything but suitable for young readers or anybody who thinks witchcraft is all white light and pretty crystals.

Aradia is hardcore. The person who authored this text (there is some debate whether Leland’s collaborator “Maddalena” ever actually existed) clearly had a deep seated hatred of aristocracy. Cursing, poisoning and controlling type love spells are all advocated as a means to exact revenge on economic oppressors (i.e. land holders). Liars and thieves are perceived in a rather favorable light as members of the lower classes forced into lives of crime for survival.

Throughout recorded history witchcraft has been an illegal practice. It was illegal in pagan Rome and a crime punishable by death. Aradia reaffirms the status of the witch as a person who lives on the edge of society: the person you go to when you are powerless and have no one else to turn to for help or justice.

I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars because the text fails somewhat in measuring up to book's religious significance. Still, it is a must read for any Craft leader if for no other reason than to say that you've read it. Of all the reprints available this one (illus. red cover) is the most attractive.
Mejora
This books is completely unreadable on a kindle ereader. I own a paperwhite and the formatting causes text to be in columns of just one letter. It would be nice to see it reformatted to be able to actually read. One could read it on their PC kindle program, but that defeats the purpose of owning one of the kindle ereaders. Attached are pictures of what I mean by poor formatting.
Virn
"Aradia: Gospel of Witches" was written by Charles Godfrey Leland in 1899. Leland was basically an Anthropologist and folklorist who began his studies of ancient witchcraft in and around Italy in about 1862. He was attempting to gain old knowledge regarding "witchcraft" and its beginnings. In his studies, Leland met a woman (witch) who allegedly became his confidant, and informant. This informant, "Maddalena" supposedly assisted Leland in gathering secret writings, and incantations that had been used in "Stregheria" for hundreds, even thousands of years going back to the Etruscans of Tuscany.

There has always been conjecture by historians as to the validity of the "Witch's Gospel."
Many believe that Leland's "informant" was more likely than not, simply using him, and taking money for gathering information that simply...was not there. However, others disagree and believe these are true representations of "the old religion."

Personally, I believe the truth lies somewhere in the middle.

From my layman's understanding of this subject matter, the information that Leland gleaned naturally parallels some of the ancient Greek, Etruscan, and Roman mythology. Much of the Moon Goddess's worship is the same ideology using various names depending upon the time and culture that worshiped her. Whether, one wishes to use the name of; "Isis", Herodias, Tana, Lilith, Diana, or the Blessed Virgin Mary, they are...one in the same.

According to the legends provided in "Aradia", it would appear that the story line of her birth was probably based upon Roman antiquity, but developed more closely with the rise of Catholicism, and the inquisitions that followed. Aradia is the daughter of the Goddess, Diana. "Aradia" it seems, was the offspring of a union between, Diana and Diana's brother..."Lucifer" (bringer of light). This same union (had it been understood by the Romans would have been between Diana and the Sun god (Helos?) rather than "Lucifer." Aradia's role became clearly a symbolic parallel to that of Jesus...a female "Christ figure", and savior to the downtrodden, poor, and those persecuted by the wealthy Christians and leaders of the Church. Her role was to teach those poor individuals the art of Witchcraft in order to "set them free" from the inequities of the ruling class.

Many of the "spells" and "incantations" were marvelous works of rhyming poetry that could have been written long ago (as was popular with the Bards), or at the time the information was being given to Leland.

It is however, apparent that this initial study of "Witchcraft" is important. It is...regardless of its true genesis...the foundation of modern day Neo-Paganism, and Wicca.
Cktiell
If you are looking for authentic mythology, this isn't exactly it -- or maybe that is exactly what it is. Often quoted and much loved by the Pagan and Wiccan community, this little book is often referenced by Gardnerians. Just don't take it too literally -- and do look up its publication history.

Drawing Down the Moon is a good companion source.
Heraly
I studied this closely and reworded the prose and poetry to make it more understandable to this period in time. If this is truly an accurate representation of ancient practices and spells of witchcraft, it is very valuable. Seems to tie into some of modern Witchcraft very well.
Nagis
This was very different. I am not sure what I was expecting.
As it was written quite a while ago I suppose that would explain it.
If you are interested in witches, witchcraft, wicca, or the history of witch craft it is an interesting read.
Lesesshe
Perfect for goddess worshipping pagans looking for some saints and Madonna references in with their cool old incantations. If this doesn't describe you, look elsewhere.
Arrived in good condition. It looks as shown. The book is about 93 pages total. It's short and a rapid read. Overall it is the book that I was looking to read.