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. PitrĂ©, 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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He based this book on material which he received from a woman named Maddelena, who had assisted him in collecting regional Italian folklore. Threatening of the goddess or god or any spirit is not unusual historically, and is most definitely a very ancient survival. She’s a white, American woman. The content, however, is anything but suitable for young readers or anybody who thinks witchcraft is all white light and pretty crystals.

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A certain amount of fear of reprisal for one’s actions is necessary in order to create a “polite society” or at least a tolerable and less repressed one. Among other strange relics, she succeeded, after many years, in obtaining the following “Gospel,” which I have in her handwriting. Only in this case the folklore is about witches. Also, the rituals seem much simpler than casting circles and using altars like in other Pagan rituals.

Leland’s work remained obscure until the s, when other theories about, and claims of, “pagan witchcraft” survivals began to be widely discussed. Entire chapters of Aradia are devoted to rituals and magic spells. Grimassi claims that Leland’s Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches is a “distorted Christianized version” of the story of Aradia. I would feel better if there were more material even.

The result has naturally been the accumulation in such families of much tradition.

She is the Goddess of the moon, queen of the fairies and fo of the down trodden. Leland claimed his “witch informant,” a fortune-teller named Maddalena, supplied him with the secret writings that Its accuracy is disputed by some, while others consider it a vital resource for studying and understanding Italian witch folklore of the 19th century.


With one of these I became intimately acquainted inand have ever since employed her specially to collect among her sisters of the hidden spell in many places all the traditions of withces olden time known to them. There is feasting on wine, moon cakes and their is ecstatic gathering and breaking of the overly strict laws of modesty. The priestesses’ names alternated between Aradia and Diana. Instead of Leland’s goddess Diana and her messianical daughter Aradia, Kelly’s text described mortal human beings.

Aradia, or, The Gospel of the witches

Now for the naysayers that Aradia was made up and couldn’t possibly exist in this fashion The Italian form of the name Herodias is Erodiade. Magliocco also notes that the text “has not achieved broad diffusion in contemporary Pagan circles”. This lack of cohesion, or “inconsistency”, is an argument for the text’s authenticity, according to religious scholar Chas S.

But I don’t think anyone should read it just because “it’s a classic. I do not know definitely whether my informant derived a part of these traditions from written sources or oral narration, but believe it was chiefly the latter. Sep 10, Kosjitov rated it it was ok Shelves: Page 40 to Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.

The New Edition of Leland’s Aradia “. The narrative material makes up less of the text, and is composed of short stories and legends about the birth of the witchcraft religion and the actions of their gods. I’ve read alot of folks reviews before reading the book and after reading the work myself it just comes to me that alot of people don’t really “read” it with a view to understand it. Aradia is one of the principal figures in the American folklorist Charles Godfrey Leland ‘s work Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witcheswhich he believed to be a genuine religious text used by a group of pagan witches in Tuscanya claim that has subsequently been disputed by other folklorists and historians.

Historically significant, as this is the first book in print that discusses pre-christian pagan survivals.

Leland, Charles Godfrey : Aradia: Gospel of the Witches

The same is done today by many moderns making new translations of ancient material. This is a book of witch lore.

The History and Development of a Legend”. Scholars are araxia, with some dismissing Leland’s assertion regarding the origins of the manuscript, and others arguing for its authenticity as a unique documentation of folk beliefs.


About Charles Godfrey Leland. Gospel of the Witches. There are beautiful fables, reminiscent of Greek mythology, telling us of the Goddess Diana and her daughter, Aradia coming to Earth to teach the practice of witchcraft to the people; wonderful rites using fruits from the garden as witch tools and offerings to the Gods of salt, honey and bread rather than gold and silver.

The narration of the audio version was kind of strange. Finally while down on Earth she couples with him by disguising herself as a cat.

Aradia: Gospel of the Witches by Charles Godfrey Leland

The folklorist Sabina Magliocco has theorised that prior to being used in Leland’s GospelAradia was originally a supernatural figure in Italian folklorewho was later merged with other folkloric figures such as the sa Rejusta of Sardinia. In Australian slang, it’s a bit of creative bullshit. But whatever my personal opinion of its contents and though I do not agree with the motives behind the passages, I would recommend it for historical and research purposes.

This section, while predominantly made up of spells and rituals, is also the source of most of the myths and folktales contained in the text. According to Mario Pazzaglini, author of the translation, the Italian contains misspellings, missing words, and grammatical errors, and is in a standardised Italian rather than the local dialect one might expect.

The Archaeology of a Folk Character”. He writes that “by long practice [she] has perfectly learned The Hhe lived in Tuscany, Italy. Leland was struck by this cosmogony: The remaining five chapters are clearly identified in the text as representing other material Leland believed to be relevant to the Vangeloacquired during his research into Italian witchcraft, and especially while working on his Etruscan Roman Remains and Legends of Florence.

Maddelena then reportedly went missing, kf never contacted Leland again.