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    Book of the Holy Strega

    Great news for anyone interested in the Aradia legends or Italian Witchcraft in general - there's a new book out titled The Book of the Holy Strega (not to be confused with the 1981 book of the same title). This current edition covers history, folklore, and academic sources related to the subject. The book asks the question as to whether or not the tale of Aradia actually fits with historical understandings of the time period. It then goes on to examine the setting of Nobles and peasants in Italy around the 14th century. What we find is that, yes, the setting of the Aradia legend does match Italian culture of the era. In addition, the historical Cult of Guglielma is looked at as an example of the historical elements that appear there and also in the Aradia tales. This is done to show that the Aradia theme is not in conflict with known historic cultural aspects of Old Italy.

    Following the chapter on historical background, the book turns to revealing the sect of Witches who venerated the goddess Diana beneath the walnut tree in Benevento, Italy. Here the book compares aspect of the rites of Dionysus with the Witches' Sabbats. It also explores what historians refer to as the "Society of Diana" in connection with Italian Witchcraft.

    Later in the book we find information about "Witches without a Gospel" - a depiction of Witches in Italy who had no connection to the Aradia legend or any associated sect.

    Such a solid and insightful work can only come from insider and author Raven Grimassi, a man who has devoted decades of intense research and study in the field of Italian Witchcraft and the Aradia legends.

    Highly recommended!

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    Cool review, kudos. The book is turning out to be an important work for the community.
    “There are survivals of pagan rites in Christianity, and in every man there is a survival of the pagan that preceded him; paganism is primordial fire, and it is always breaking through the Christian crust” (quote from the collected works of George Moore)



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