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Book Title: Witchcraft Today|
The author of the book: Gerald B. Gardner
Date of issue: April 1st 2004
ISBN 13: 9780806525938
Format files: PDF
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The most ridiculous nonsense I've ever read.
Many people seem to believe that they "owe" Gardner something because he played a big role in making witchcraft in general "acceptable" (and even fancy) again - the problem with that is that the man has as much to do with witchcraft as a potato with a shovel. You'd need to engage in some serious mental gymnastics in order to find a connection there.
His "interpretation" of history, what constitutes a religion, witchcraft (WITCHCRAFT IS NOT A RELIGION BUT A PRACTICE IN VARIOUS RELIGIONS!!!) or an unbroken line of practicing it is ridiculous, delusional...or...perhaps just willfully ignorant, I have no idea.
Many of his "facts" are dead wrong. I have serious doubts about many of his claims pertaining to how he was taught and by whom... keep your eyes open when reading, many of it just makes no sense or is later contradicted by other claims.
In any case this book is a joke and so was Gardner himself.
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Read information about the authorGerald Brousseau Gardner was an influential English Wiccan, as well as an amateur anthropologist and archaeologist, writer, weaponry expert and occultist. He was instrumental in bringing the Neopagan religion of Wicca to public attention in Britain and wrote some of its definitive religious texts. He himself typically referred to the faith as "witchcraft" or "the witch-cult", its adherents "the Wica", and he claimed that it was the survival of a pre-Christian pagan Witch cult that he had been initiated into by a New Forest coven in 1939.
Gardner spent much of his life abroad in southern and south-eastern Asia, where he developed an interest in many of the native peoples, and wrote about some of their magical practices. It was after his retirement and return to England that he was initiated into Wicca by the New Forest coven. Subsequently fearing that this religion, which he apparently believed to be a genuine continuance of ancient beliefs, would die out, he set about propagating it through initiating others, mainly through the Bricket Wood coven, and introduced a string of notable High Priestesses into Wicca, including Doreen Valiente, Lois Bourne, Patricia Crowther and Eleanor Bone.
He also published two books on the subject of Wicca, Witchcraft Today (1954) and The Meaning of Witchcraft (1959), along with a couple of novels, and ran the Museum of Magic and Witchcraft on the Isle of Man, which was devoted to the subject. For this, he has left an enduring legacy on the modern Wiccan and Neopagan movement, and is frequently referred to as "the Father of Wicca".
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