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Witchcraft : a secret history
Streeter, Michael, 1957-
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First edition for the U.S.
Publication Information:
Hauppauge, NY : Barron's Educational Series, Inc., [2002]

Physical Description:
192 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
General Note:
"A Quarto book"--Verso, t.p.

Originally published in London by Quarto Publishing plc.

Includes index.
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BF1566 .S786 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Witchcraft's great secret stems from the fact that few people understand its true essence. Here's the book that explains how Wicca, the religion of witchcraft, came into existence. A detailed discussion of witchcraft's origins begins with accounts from ancient civilizations, then progresses forward to describe present-day manifestations of the art. Although witches and witchcraft are a part of popular culture and favorite subjects in film and TV, this spiritual movement's true history should not be confused with tales of wart-nosed hags who fly through the night on broomsticks. This history of witchcraft includes: Witchcraft in Judea during the reign of King Solomon . . . Medea and Circe, legendary witches of ancient Greece . . . The place of witchcraft among barbarian tribes in ancient northern Europe . . . The seventeenth-century New England trials of the witches of Salem . . . Gerald Gardner and the birth of modern Wicca as a nature religion . . . Witchcraft as it is taught and practiced today. This book points out how modern witchcraft has evolved into a benevolent religion, a spiritual expression of feminism, and a practice that encourages reverence toward nature. More than 200 full-color illustrations enhance an intensely readable text.

Author Notes

Richard Craze is the author of several books on astrology, sexuality, and herbal medicine. Among them is Mix & Match Chinese Astrology, also published by Barron's.

(Bowker Author Biography) Richard Craze is the author of many books including "Feng Shui: A Complete Guide", & "Hell: A Complete Guide to the Nether World".

(Bowker Author Biography)