Editor: Charles G. Leland
Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: New Page Books
Publication date: August 2003
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I found Aradia or the Gospel of Witches by Charles G. Leland to be interesting. I feel that it is a good reference book that most Wiccans/Witches need to have on their shelf. This book was inspirational for many of the poetic phrases in the Wiccan Religion. Doreen Valiente adapted some of the pieces in this book to create the Charge of the Goddess.
However, I did not like the commentary or introduction by A.J. Drew. I felt that he was giving biased information in his introduction. His aggressive tone is not used appropriately. He attacks Gardner and Buckland in the first three pages. Mr. Drew also attacks the Rede and other religions in the latter pages of the introduction. He uses World War II and terrorism as his justification for these attacks. I found it offensive and ridiculous. I believe that Mr. Drew should stay away from Pagan classics.
I feel that his commentary and introduction take away from the powerful messages in this book. I advise the reader to take Mr. Drew's sections with a grain of salt. A reader should focus on the depth and power that can be found in Aradia or the Gospel of Witches instead of Mr. Drew's tirade.
Reviewed by Adam Bowling
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