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Aradia or the Gospel of the Witches

Before Gerald Gardner ever thought to write his first book, there was an explorer named Charles Leland who felt he could discover and preserve the secrets of Italian Witchcraft. Leland's original quest was to make contact with practicing Italian Witches. After years of trying he met one by the name of Maddelena, who transmitted to him the teachings he was searching for. The words (stories) have become Aradia or the Gospel of the Witches. This manuscript, reportedly handed down in an oral tradition, was later translated and published in the late 1800's. Today, a great amount of debate exists over whether or not Aradia was an authentic representation of Italian Witchcraft at the time Leland published the manuscript. Some go so far as to argue that Maddelena never really existed. While it is true that Maddelena's involvement with Leland can not be proven the fact remains that even with an uncertain origin, Aradia is one of the most important manuscripts available to the Pagan community. Even if it does not reflect the ideology of a hidden tradition of Italian Witchcraft, it most definitely presents such a powerful message that even today its words are found repeatedly in various literature. In fact, it is the foundation for one of the most powerful and well-known documents in modern Pagan lore, The Charge of the Goddess.
Aradia or the Gospel of the Witches
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One of the most important manuscripts available to the Pagan community, it presents such a powerful message that quotes from it are found repeatedly in various literature.
Charles Godfrey Leland (1824-1903) was an American humorist, journalist, and folklorist. He is credited with being one of the main forces in the development of neo-paganism.
Author
Charles Godfrey Leland
Short Title
ARADIA OR THE GOSPEL OF THE WI
Pages
160
Publisher
New Page Books
Language
English
ISBN-10
1564146790
ISBN-13
9781564146793
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
DEWEY
133.43
Year
2003
Publication Date
2003-08-31
Imprint
New Page Books,US
Subtitle
Or Gospel of the Witches
Place of Publication
New Jersey
Country of Publication
United States
Residence
US
Birth
1824
Death
1903
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