Aradia: Gospel of the Witches [Charles Leland] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. When Charles Godfrey Leland published Aradia or the. Preface[edit]. 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. 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.

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So far back as the sixth century the worship of Herodias and Diana by witches was condemned by a Church Council at Ancyra. The writing style certainly is easy and suitable for all reading levels.

Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches

The Etruscans lived in Tuscany, Italy. There were incantations for peasants to poison their lords in their palaces and ruin their crops.

After the eleven-year search, Leland writes that he was unsurprised by the contents of the Vangelo. It’s a very small book, but dense in language. In Australian slang, it’s a bit of creative bullshit.

Historically vospel, as this is the first book in print that discusses pre-christian pagan survivals. Open Preview See a Problem? The Holy Book of Women’s Mysteris: This seems to be a common motif even in Italian Christian practices.

Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches. Magliocco believed that the latter of these two figures, s’Araja justawas the antecedent of a supernatural witch-like figure known as sa Rejusta in Sardinian folklore.

Aradia: Gospel of the Witches

Leland wrote that “the witches even yet form a fragmentary secret society or sect, that they call it that of the Old Religion, and that there are in the Romagna entire villages in which the people are completely heathen”.


I should, however, in justice to those who do care to explore dark and bewildering paths, explain clearly that witch-lore is hidden with most scrupulous care from all save a very few in Italy, just as it is among the Chippeway Medas or the Black Voodoo. Still, I prefer to just enjoy it as a story, and not as a historical witchess, so it was a somewhat amusing product of the 19th century.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. If you are looking for something amazing about a real Italian witch, I suggest reading this http: The poetry had a booming reverb applied to it, I suppose to make it seem larger and more momentous. Retrieved from ” https: In several places Leland provides the Italian he was translating. Two years passed, until Leland wrote requesting the return of the manuscript in order to submit it to a different publishing house.

The people were not qradia enough to fight back so Aradia taught them magic witchcraft and the use of poison to counter the oppression. Nov wiyches, Lodane rated it did not like it.

Aradia: Gospel of the Witches

And for those who do not believe wjtches her as an actual person, how do they explain the handwritten letter of hers photocopied in the Phoenix edition of Aradia? The audio quality was also od less than the normal audible standard, being a bit grainier than usual.

The Witches gather together monthly on the full moon, their celebration a sabbat. According to folklorist Roma Listera contemporary and friend of Leland’s, Maddalena’s real name was Margherita, and she was a ” witch ” from Florence who claimed a family lineage from the Etruscans and knowledge of ancient rituals.

The living Venn diagram of demographics for these books would look like this: Regino reports that there were groups of women who believed that they could go on night journeys where they would fly across the sky to meet Diana and her train.


The gospep of witchcraft is evident — we are still worshipping the ancient Goddess of Light, Diana and Her consort. Parts of the speech appeared in zradia early version of Gardnerian Wicca ritual. Paperback80 pages.

Like Sir Charles Coldstream, they have peeped into the crater of Vesuvius after it had ceased to “erupt,” and found “nothing in it. Wikisource has original text related to this article: 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 witchcraft of “The Gospel of the Witches” is both a method for casting spells and an anti-hierarchical “counter-religion” to the Catholic church. Aradia was also the daugher of Diana and Lucifer not to be confused with Satan.

I was excited to read this, but ultimately disappointed. This book is at best a five-and-dime paperback with some incantations thrown in to spice things up. He based this book on material aradiq he received from a woman named Maddelena, who had assisted him in collecting regional Italian folklore. The trouble with the text is it’s not that long, and the author is not that good of a writer.