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Aradia, or, The Gospel of the witches

Aradia is one of the principal figures in the American folklorist Charles Godfrey Leland ‘s work Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witcheswhich he believed to be a genuine religious text used by a group of pagan witches in Tuscanya claim that has subsequently been disputed by other folklorists and historians. The folklorist Sabina Magliocco has theorised that prior to being used in Leland’s GospelAradia was originally a supernatural figure in Italian folklorewho was later merged with other folkloric figures such as the sa Rejusta of Sardinia.

Since the publication of Leland’s GospelAradia has become “arguably one of the central figures of the modern pagan witchcraft revival” and as such has featured in various forms of Neopaganismincluding Wicca and Stregheriaas an actual deity. The Italian form of the name Herodias is Erodiade. It appears that Herodias, the wife of Herod Antipasin Christian mythology of the Early Middle Agescame to be seen as a spirit condemned to wander the sky forever due to her part in the death of John the Baptistpermitted only to rest in treetops between midnight and dawn.

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By the High Middle Agesthis figure seems to have become attached to the train of nymphs of Diananow also seen as a host of spirits flying through the night across the Italian countryside. Other names attached to the night flight of Herodias included Minerva and Noctiluca.


It became notable as a paragraph of canon law dealing with witchcraft by the 12th century. Regino reports that there were groups of women who believed that they could go on night journeys where they would fly across the sky to meet Diana and her train.

The name gospwl Herodias is not present in the text as attributed to Regino, but in the version by Burchard of Thhewritten ca.

Magliocco believed that the latter of these two figures, s’Araja justawas the antecedent of a supernatural witch-like figure known as sa Rejusta in Sardinian folklore. She and Diana are the goddesses most frequently goxpel in witch-trial transcripts and were apparently worshipped together”.

Aradia: Gospel of the Witches

She was viewed as the patroness of a secretive group of dancers known as the calusari who operated up until at least the 19th century. Inthe American folklorist Charles Godfrey Leland published Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witchesa book which he claimed was the religious text belonging to a group of Tuscan witches who venerated Diana as the Queen of the Witches.

He also claimed that he had been given the book by a Tuscan woman named Maddalena, although historians such as Ronald Hutton have disputed the truth of these such claims.

Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches begins with the tale of Aradia’s birth to Diana and Luciferwho is described as “the god of the Sun and of the Moon, the god of Light Splendourwho was so proud of his beauty, and who for his pride was driven from Paradise”. Aradia is described as having continuing power to affect the world after she returns to the sphere of Diana. Tregunda or Witch Meeting”, which involves Diana.

They adored witchfs deities and practised forbidden deeds, inspired as hte by rebellion against Society as by their own passions. Leland if equates Aradia with Herodias, explaining his speculation that Herodias was actually Lilith: So far back as the sixth century the worship of Herodias and Diana by witches was condemned by a Church Council at Ancyra.

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Aradia has become an important figure in Wicca as well as some other forms of Neo-Paganism. Aradia is a central figure in Stregheriaan “ethnic Italian” aradja of Wicca introduced by Raven Grimassi in the s. Grimassi claims that there was a historical figure called “Aradia di Toscano”, whom he portrays as the founder of a revivalist religion of Italian witchcraft in the 14th century. Grimassi claims that Leland’s Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches is a “distorted Christianized version” of the story of Aradia.

The text contained a list of mother and daughter priestesses who had taught religious witchcraft through the centuries. Instead of Leland’s goddess Diana and her messianical daughter Aradia, Kelly’s text described mortal human beings.

The priestesses’ names alternated between Aradia and Diana. Magliocco also notes that the text “has not achieved broad diffusion in contemporary Pagan circles”. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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