The Witch Book: The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft, Wicca, and Neo-Paganism

The Witch Book: The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft, Wicca, and Neo-Paganism

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by Raymond Buckland
     
 

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In pre-Christian and early Christian times, Witchcraft (with a capital "W") was a magical and healing practice associated with the pagan religion. Good witches were pretty much the norm. The very word "Witch" comes from the Old Anglo-Saxon wicce or wicca, meaning a "wise one;" the wiser of the common people having knowledge of herbs, healing, augury, and magic.

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In pre-Christian and early Christian times, Witchcraft (with a capital "W") was a magical and healing practice associated with the pagan religion. Good witches were pretty much the norm. The very word "Witch" comes from the Old Anglo-Saxon wicce or wicca, meaning a "wise one;" the wiser of the common people having knowledge of herbs, healing, augury, and magic. But during the last 1,000 years, Witchcraft and paganism received much bad press. With 560 entries, a resource section, and 114 photos and illustrations, this is an exhaustive A-to-Z exploration of people, places, events, literature, and other matters related to this ever-timely and popular topic. It defines both the darker Christian concept and the true concept of Wicca, concentrating on the Western European and later New World versions of Witchcraft and magic. From Abracadabra to Aleister Crowley to Gardnerian Witchcraft to Rosemary's Baby to sorcery and Zoroastra, The Witch Book is unmatched in its coverage of witchcraft's historical, practical, and cultural aspects.

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"Through 560 entries, this encyclopedic reference includes biographies of major figures, reviews the portrayal of witches and witchcraft in popular movies and books, discusses the persecution of witches over the ages, and explains key concepts important to Wiccan beliefs and practices. Just about everything a person might want to learn about witches and witchcraft can be found in this one volume."— About.com

"This is an excellent reference source for those researching the historical and contemporary world of witchcraft."— American Reference Books

"Enjoyable for general reading purposes, it is also an incredible referencing of material . . .. Buckland's The Witch Book is highly recommended."— Ghostvillage.com

"Buckland has done a fine job putting together this volume. a unique and powerful collection of knowledge."— Horrornews.net

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578591145
Publisher:
Visible Ink Press
Publication date:
11/30/2001
Series:
Phenomena Series
Pages:
624
Sales rank:
362,298
Product dimensions:
7.31(w) x 9.23(h) x 1.54(d)

Meet the Author


Raymond Buckland is the author of several books, including The "Fortune-Telling Book" and "Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft."

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The Witch Book: The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft, Wicca and Neo-Paganism 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is amazingly complete. The book contains a large amount of history of the burning times. Most of the information in the book is backed by the history behind it. The other thing that I have never seen any book even get close to is the amazing amount of pictures and illustrations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THE WITCH BOOK is truly an encyclopedia of Wicca and Witchcraft! Vast in scope, with over 600+ pages of important and exciting information. Dr. Buckland has over 50 years of experience in practicing actual witchcraft and practical magick. Forget all other imitations! This is truly a modern masterpiece by a modern master!
Leo-Hsicuuma13 More than 1 year ago
I am very glad I bought this encyclopedia instead of The New Encyclopedia of the Occult by John Michael Greer (which I have stumbled upon in my college's library) and I love it! The only down side for me was the pages start to get out of order starting on page 345 (?). I'm not sure if that is how it is supposed to be formatted but it looks like a mistake in printing. However, it is what's on the inside that counts, right? The book has a plethora of information about anything occult related and holds many illustrations and pictures that accompanies the text. This book even mentions movies and shows that are witchy (for ex. The Blair Witch Project, Sabrina the teenage witch, Rosemary's baby) and briefly explains them. Overall, a good find and a good buy!
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