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Witchcraft : a secret history / Michael Streeter.

By: Streeter, Michael, 1957-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London, England : White Lion Publishing, 2020Description: 256 pages : illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 21 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780711252240; 0711252246.Subject(s): Witchcraft | Witchcraft -- HistoryDDC classification: 133.4309 Summary: This volume delves into the history of witchcraft and separates the myth from fact.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

A beautifully illustrated and bewitching introduction to witchcraft's lesser-known history, spanning several centuries and comprising unbelievable facts and little-known legends.

Originally published: Gloucester: Fair Winds, 2002.

Includes index and glossary.

This volume delves into the history of witchcraft and separates the myth from fact.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction (p. 6)
  • 1 The Ancient World
  • The Dawn of Witchcraft (p. 14)
  • Powerful Goddesses, Powerful Witches (p. 34)
  • Origins of Witchcraft (p. 50)
  • Magic and the Birth of Christianity (p. 52)
  • European and Northern Witchcraft (p. 66)
  • The Wheel of the Year (p. 86)
  • 2 The Medieval World
  • The Rise of Christianity (p. 90)
  • The Burning Times (p. 106)
  • Witches' Tools (p. 134)
  • New World, Old Horrors (p. 136)
  • Salem: A Town Possessed (p. 148)
  • The Magic Circle and Pentagram (p. 170)
  • 3 The Modern World
  • The Survival of Witchcraft (p. 174)
  • The Birth of Wicca (p. 190)
  • Covens (p. 210)
  • Wicca Goes West (p. 212)
  • Witchcraft Now and in the Future (p. 228)
  • What Witches Believe (p. 244)
  • Glossary (p. 248)
  • Index (p. 252)
  • Picture Credits (p. 256)

Reviews provided by Syndetics

Publishers Weekly Review

In this reference for the modern witch and the witchcraft-curious, British journalist Streeter (Behind Closed Doors) guides readers through the history of prejudices, religious fervor, and bad publicity surrounding witchcraft to reveal the spiritual and practical core of the craft. Each historical event and spiritual influence, including the rise of Christianity, the Salem witch trials, and the foundation of Wicca in the 20th century, is presented in brief, easily digestible sections. By tracing ancient practices, beliefs, and deities such as Lilitu, a female winged demon in early Sumerian mythology, who becomes the Hebrew demon Lilith--and later a modern feminist icon--Streeter shows how concepts have evolved to form what is today an ever-changing, pluralistic practice that emphasizes "each individual's own relationship with the divine" as its only truly centralizing principle. The book focuses primarily on the development of witchcraft within the Western world with little focus on the rise of witchcraft in popular culture through the Internet age. However, Streeter's analysis will be an insightful introduction for those interested in how modern witchcraft came to be. (Mar.)