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Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches is a book written by American folklorist and writer Charles Godfrey Leland in 1899. The book is believed to be a study of the religious beliefs and practices of a group of pagan witches in Tuscany, Italy. He claimed that the witches' practices had been passed down from an ancient goddess named Aradia, who had taught them magic and taught them to fight against evil. The book is structured as a series of verses and poems that describe the beliefs and practices of the witches, as well as their mythology and folklore. Most of the content is made up of spells, blessings, and rituals, but the text also contains stories and myths which suggest influences from both the ancient Roman religion and Roman Catholicism. Major characters in the myths include the Roman goddess Diana, a sun god called Lucifer, the Biblical Cain as a lunar figure, and the messianic Aradia. Although the book has been criticized for its accuracy and authenticity, it remains an important text in the history of modern witchcraft and paganism. Many contemporary witches and neo-pagans view it as a source of inspiration and as a testament to the enduring power of ancient goddess worship.
This book has 28,334 words, 71 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1899.
Production notes: This ebook of Aradia, Or, the Gospel of the Witches was published by Global Grey in 2018, and updated on the 14th March 2023. The artwork used for the cover is 'La Primavera' by Sandro Botticelli.
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