Episode 8: A Brief History of Wicca, part 1

This week we are talking Wicca! Why Wicca? Because no matter how you slice it, Wicca is the single most influential modern Pagan religion. Many early Heathen practices were very influenced by Wicca. Join us as we talk about why Wicca was so influential, and how this religion came into being.  We will be discussing Charles Leland, who put Aradia or the Gospel of the Witches on the map, and Margaret Murray, who introduced Europe to her very dicey Witch Cult of Wester Europe hypothesis.

 

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Murray, Margaret A. (1962) [1921]. The Witch-Cult in Western Europe. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

 ———  (1952) [1931]. The God of the Witches. London: Faber and Faber.

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