The Witch-Cult in Western Europe

One-Eye Publishing

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;

Margaret Alice Murray (13 July 1863 - 13 November 1963) was a prominent British Egyptologist and anthropologist. Primarily known for her work in Egyptology, which was "the core of her academic career," she is also known for her propagation of the Witch-cult hypothesis, the theory that the witch trials in the Early Modern period of Christianized Europe and North America were an attempt to extinguish a surviving pre-Christian, pagan religion devoted to a Horned God. Whilst this theory is today widely disputed and discredited by historians like Norman Cohn, Keith Thomas and Ronald Hutton, it has had a significant effect on the origins of Neopagan religions, primarily Wicca, a faith she supported. Her work in Egyptology took place largely alongside her mentor and friend, the archaeologist Sir Flinders Petrie, whom she worked alongside at University College London. One of the earliest women to "make a serious impact upon the world of professional scholarship," she was also an ardent feminist, being actively involved in the Suffragette movement. From 1953 through to 1955, she was the president of the Folklore Society, although since her death various members of the society have attempted to disassociate the organization from her and the Murrayite theory of the Witch-Cult.

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