These books were written more than 100 years ago, and to find original copies or first editions is next to impossible. We're so fortunate to be able to offer some titles through the brilliant creator of One-Eye Publishing, a local Calgary business owner that offers reprints of hard to find antique occult and esoteric books, such as this one;
Its accuracy is disputed by some, while others consider it a vital resource for studying and understanding Italian witch folklore of the 19th century. What is certain is that this 1899 classic has become a foundational document of modern Wicca and neopaganism. Leland claimed his "witch informant," a fortune-teller named Maddalena, supplied him with the secret writings that he translated and combined with his research on Italian pagan tradition to create a gospel of pagan belief and practice. Here, in the story of the goddess Aradia, who came to Earth to champion oppressed peasants in their fight against their feudal overlords and the Catholic Church, are the chants, prayers, spells, and rituals that have become the centrepieces of contemporary pagan faiths. American journalist and folklorist CHARLES GODFREY LELAND (1824-1903) was editor of Continental Monthly during the Civil War and coined the term emancipation as an alternative to abolition, but he is best remembered for his books on ethnography, folklore, and language, including The Gypsies (1882), The Hundred Riddles of the Fairy Bellaria (1892), and Unpublished Legends of Virgil (1899).
However, the book was wildly popular and was cited by academic M.A. Murray as proof of her Witch-Cult Hypothesis in The Witch-Cult in Western Europe. And more significantly used by the founder of Wicca, Gerald Gardener, as inspiration for his own reconstruction of the ancient faith of Witches.
Aradia is a must-read for all students of modern witchcraft.