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Wicca : history, belief, and community in modern pagan witchcraft

Author: Ethan White
Publisher: Brighton ; Chicago : Sussex Academic Press, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The past century has born witness to a growing interest in the belief systems of ancient Europe, with an array of contemporary Pagan groups claiming to revive these old ways for the needs of the modern world. By far the largest and best known of these Paganisms has been Wicca, a new religious movement that can now count hundreds of thousands of adherents worldwide. Emerging from the occult milieu of mid  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ethan White
ISBN: 9781845197544 1845197542 9781845197551 1845197550
OCLC Number: 910964662
Description: viii, 275 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: The craft of the pagan witches ; Wiccan history --
Part 1: Wiccan history. Origins and inspiration ; Gerald Gardner ; Gardner's early rivals ; Wicca in the USA ; Feminism, gay lib, and the eco-warriors ; The Charmed generation --
Part 2: Belief and praxes. Wicca as witchcraft ; Wiccan theology ; The coven and the solitary ; Magic and morality ; Wiccan ritual ; The wheel of the year ; Birth, death, and afterlife --
Part 3: Wiccan life. Converting to the craft ; The Wiccan community ; Wiccan culture ; The study of Wicca.
Responsibility: Ethan Doyle White.

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"The past century has born witness to a growing interest in the belief systems of ancient Europe, with an array of contemporary Pagan groups claiming to revive these old ways for the needs of the modern world. By far the largest and best known of these Paganisms has been Wicca, a new religious movement that can now count hundreds of thousands of adherents worldwide. Emerging from the occult milieu of mid twentieth-century Britain, Wicca was first presented as the survival of an ancient pre-Christian Witch-Cult, whose participants assembled in covens to venerate their Horned God and Mother Goddess, to celebrate seasonal festivities, and to cast spells by the light of the full moon. Spreading to North America, where it diversified under the impact of environmentalism, feminism, and the 1960s counter-culture, Wicca came to be presented as a Goddess-centred nature religion, in which form it was popularised by a number of best-selling authors and fictional television shows. Today, Wicca is a maturing religious movement replete with its own distinct world-view, unique culture, and internal divisions. This book represents the first published academic introduction to be exclusively devoted to this fascinating faith, exploring how this Witches' Craft developed, what its participants believe and practice, and what the Wiccan community actually looks like. In doing so it sweeps away widely-held misconceptions and offers a comprehensive overview of this religion in all of its varied forms. Drawing upon the work of historians, anthropologists, sociologists, and scholars of religious studies, as well as the writings of Wiccans themselves, it provides an original synthesis that will be invaluable for anyone seeking to learn about the blossoming religion of modern Pagan Witchcraft."--Publisher's description.

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