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Re: VMs: La Vecchia Religione
At 00:02 13/05/2004 -0500, Dennis wrote:
Dana Scott wrote:-
> I have begun to investigate La Vecchia Religione of ancient
Italy. There are
> numerous aspects of Stregheria that seem to have correlations in the VMS
Stregheria sounds interesting. I've mostly heard that
Wicca claims to be a folk survival of the antique
pre-Christian traditions of Europe, but is in fact a
literate invention of the late 19th and early 20th
centuries. I believe that Wicca claims that "La
Vecchia Religione" is such a survival of ancient Roman
beliefs and practices, and that it is similarly
suspect. I don't know much, but keep that in mind.
I've had a good look at Stregheria in the past (I think there was a mention
in Couliano's "Eros and Magic in the Renaissance" - though, frustratingly,
there's no subject index at the back): one problem is that a lot of web
sources on it (as Dennis points out) seem to mix up present longings with
past history into something which is hard to separate out. Tread carefully! :-o
Though some believe it's a fake, probably the first point of reference
would be Charles Godfrey Leland's...
...(1899) book "Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches". There's an online
A pretty good Stregheria link page here:-
BTW, I always meant to try to get hold of Ronald Hutton (1999) "The Triumph
of the Moon" (Oxford University Press) - but never got round to it. That
might well be a good book to read on the general subject.
Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....
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