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Witchcraft: A Concise guide is the fruit of the author's thirty years of Wiccan research and practice. It will "entrance" those readers looking for a clear, honest and succinct history of all the different ideas and behaviors that have been labeled "witchcraft" over the centuries. It includes details on the beliefs and ritual practices of modern Neopagan Witches, an annotated bibliography, and a guide to Wiccan resources. It will offend those who have made a heavy emotional, political, or financial investment in ...
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Overview

Witchcraft: A Concise guide is the fruit of the author's thirty years of Wiccan research and practice. It will "entrance" those readers looking for a clear, honest and succinct history of all the different ideas and behaviors that have been labeled "witchcraft" over the centuries. It includes details on the beliefs and ritual practices of modern Neopagan Witches, an annotated bibliography, and a guide to Wiccan resources. It will offend those who have made a heavy emotional, political, or financial investment in confusing and twisting the truth about Witchcraft, or who just don't like bad puns... Isaac Bonewits is North America's leading expert on ancient and modern Druidism, Witchcraft and the rapidly growing Earth Religions movement. A practicing Neopagan priest, scholar, teacher, bard and polytheologian for over thirty years, he has coined much of the vocabulary and articulated many of the issues that have shaped what some have called the fatest growing religious movement in the world, with opinions both playful and controversial.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781594055003
  • Publisher: Earth Religions Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 7.52 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreward xiii
Preface xvii
Part 1 A Brief History of Witchcraft
Chap. 1 What Does the Word "Witch" Mean? 1
Chap. 2 Classic Witches and Wizards 7
Chap. 3 Gonna Take a Shamanistic Journey 13
Chap. 4 Gothic Witches and the "Burning Times" 17
Chap. 5 Witches as Pagan Cultists? 27
Chap. 6 Family Tradition, Neogothic, and Immigrant Tradition Witches 35
Chap. 7 The Early Anthropologists Step into the Debate 43
Chap. 8 Gerald Gardner Creates "Wicca" 49
Chap. 9 The First Neopagan Heretics 69
Chap. 10 Sisters Doing It for Themselves 77
Chap. 11 Witchcraft in the Post-Modern World 81
Part 2 Wiccan Beliefs and Rituals
Chap. 12 What Wiccans Believe 87
Chap. 13 Varieties of Wiccan Ritual 95
Chap. 14 The Sources of Wiccan Ritual 101
Chap. 15 Current Variations in Wiccan Ritual Structure 105
Chap. 16 Using Music and Poetry in Wiccan Rites 121
Part 3 Wiccan Resources and References
App. 1 Etymological Notes 135
App. 2 A Micro-Glossary 139
App. 3 Classifying Witchcrafts 145
App. 4 "Principles of Wiccan Belief" 153
App. 5 Recommended Books on Ancient and Modern Witchcraft 157
App. 6 On and Offline Wiccan Resources 177
App. 7 Reconciling with the Moon 179
Afterward: A Few Last Thoughts 195
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