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By Charles G. Leland

Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches is a booklet composed through the yank folklorist Charles Godfrey Leland that used to be released in 1899. It includes what he believed was once the non secular textual content of a gaggle of pagan witches in Tuscany, Italy that documented their ideals and rituals, even though numerous historians and folklorists have disputed the lifestyles of one of these staff. within the twentieth century, the ebook was once very influential within the improvement of the modern Pagan faith of Wicca. The textual content is a composite. a few of it really is Leland's translation into English of an unique Italian manuscript, the Vangelo (gospel). Leland pronounced receiving the manuscript from his fundamental informant on Italian witchcraft ideals, a girl Leland known as "Maddalena" and whom he referred to as his "witch informant" in Italy. the remainder of the cloth comes from Leland's study on Italian folklore and traditions, together with different comparable fabric from Maddalena. Leland were trained of the Vangelo's lifestyles in 1886, however it took Maddalena 11 years to supply him with a duplicate. After translating and modifying the fabric, it took one other years for the ebook to be released. Its fifteen chapters painting the origins, ideals, rituals, and spells of an Italian pagan witchcraft culture. The significant determine of that faith is the goddess Aradia, who got here to Earth to coach the perform of witchcraft to peasants to ensure that them to oppose their feudal oppressors and the Roman Catholic Church.

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This is what is meant by the myth of Diana and Endymion. It is the making divine or aesthetic (which to the Greeks was one and the same) that which is impassioned, secret, and forbidden. It was the charm of the stolen waters which are sweet, intensified to poetry. And it is remarkable that it has been so strangely preserved in Italian witch traditions. Page 40 CHAPTER X. Madonna Diana. ” — “Naples in the Ninties,” by E. N. Rolfe. Once there was, in the very old time in Cettardo Alto, a girl of astonishing beauty, and she was betrothed to a young man who was as remarkable for good looks as herself; but though well born and bred, the fortune or misfortunes of war or fate had made them both extremely poor.

One day the brother saw his sister speeding like a flash of lightning across the heaven, and he felt a sudden strange desire in rivalry to overtake her. So he dashed after as she flitted on; but though it was his destiny to catch, she had been fated never to be caught, and so the will of one supreme god was balanced by that of another. So the two kept flying round and round the edge of heaven, and at first all the gods roared with laughter, but when they understood the case, they grew serious, and asked one another how it was to end.

She replied by a strange deed which amazed them all, for she made her body disappear, so that only her head remained visible, and it cried: — “‘Behold me! ’ “Then all the gods laughed. “After the priest came the lord who had also been tricked, and to whom she had sworn by her head. ’ “Then there was indeed a storm of laughter among the gods, who made the matter right by ordering the head to join the body, and bidding Laverna pay up her debts, which she did. “Then Jove spoke and said: — “‘Here is a roguish goddess without a duty (or a worshipper), while there are in Rome innumerable thieves, sharpers, cheats, and rascals — ladri, bindolini, truffatori e scrocconi — who live by deceit.

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