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Book Review:
Scottish Witchcraft: The History and Magick of the Picts

Author: Raymond Buckland
Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn
Publication date: November 1991
ISBN: 0875420575
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In this book, Raymond Buckland claims to present information of PectiWicca, a mainly solitary form of ancient Pictish witchcraft. To be blunt, I think this book was a huge waste of valuable trees. Living trees help renew the Earth's supply of oxygen. I'm afraid the trees used to produce this book only increase the world's supply of hot air.

Very little is known about the Picts, but I think we can safely say that they did not practice any version of 20th century Wicca, wear kilts, scry with clock glasses, or the like. Unfortunately, Scottish Witchcraft has all of these anachronisms -- and more. The book is full of basic modern survival lore, Scottish food recipes, and the like. This information, while somewhat interesting, is basically filler.

The truly sad thing about this book is that Scotland has a wonderful folklore and magickal history. Unfortunately, it is almost completely neglected in this book in order to turn the Picts into ancient Wiccan wannabes. Unless you are a completist Buckland collector with money to waste, I strongly advise passing this book by.

Reviewed by Randall

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