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The Witch Cult in Western Europe

By Murray, Margaret Alice

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Title: The Witch Cult in Western Europe  
Author: Murray, Margaret Alice
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Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collection: Classic Literature Collection
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Historic
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Publisher: World Ebook Library

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PREFACE: THE mass of existing material on this subject is so great that I have not attempted to make a survey of the whole of European 'Witchcraft', but have confined myself to an intensive study of the cult in Great Britain. In order, however, to obtain a clearer understanding of the ritual and beliefs I have had recourse to French and Flemish sources, as the cult appears to have been the same throughout Western Europe. The New England records are unfortunately not published in extenso; this is the more unfortunate as the extracts already given to the public occasionally throw light on some of the English practices. It is more difficult to trace the English practices than the Scotch or French, for in England the cult was already in a decadent condition when the records were made; therefore records in a purely English colony would probably contain much of interest.

Table of Contents
· PREFACE · INTRODUCTION · I. CONTINUITY OF THE RELIGION · II. THE GOD · 1. As God · 2. As a Human Being. · 3. Identification · 4. As an Animal · III. ADMISSION CEREMONIES · 1. General · 2. The Introduction. · 3. The Renunciation and Vows · 4. The Covenant · 5. The Baptism · 6. The Mark · IV. THE ASSEMBLIES · 1. Sabbath · 2. The Esbat · V. THE RITES · 1. General · 2. Homage · 2. The Dances · 4. The Music · 5. The Feast

 

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