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« Topic Start: February 11, 2010, 03:14:25 pm »

Title: Origins of Modern Witchcraft: The Evolution of a World Religion
Author(s): Ann Moura
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
Publication Date: October 2000
ISBN: 1567186483
ISBN-13: 978-1567186482
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In The Origins of Modern Witchcraft author Ann Moura, a practicing Witch and historian, makes a sweeping tour of more than 5,000 years of religious and cultural history. She studies the evolution of concepts such as original sin, and the Tree of Life, the relationship between ceremonial magick and Wicca, and much more. This is an evocative account of Wicca through the ages, the evolutionary story of an ancient religion, and an uncensored account of Wiccan history.

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Randall says: This is one of the worst books on the history of Wicca ever written. Pure speculation that builds on the speculation of the previous chapter as if it were fact. Worse, it is very hostile toward all religions not the author's own. It's a fun read in the the same sense an Erich Von Daniken "ancient astronauts" book is, but as history it is little more than pure BS.

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« Reply #1: February 11, 2010, 03:29:33 pm »




Ah yes. The only author to remain #1 on my Total Shit List for 10 years.

Hekate: Goddess of Eroticism.

'nuf said.
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« Reply #2: February 11, 2010, 03:33:31 pm »

Hekate: Goddess of Eroticism.

'nuf said.

 Shocked

I cannot fathom where she pulled that load of crap from, nor do I really want to. How exactly does she call herself a historian with a straight face?
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« Reply #3: February 11, 2010, 03:38:27 pm »

Shocked

I cannot fathom where she pulled that load of crap from, nor do I really want to. How exactly does she call herself a historian with a straight face?

I don't know how she does it, but I do know I have laughed my ass off at her. She is a really atrocious writer, and her Christian bashing is another black mark against her. I cannot tolerate that sort of thing. There were hints of it in her Green Witchcraft book, but it was full blown in Origins. Just another thing that has made that book stay at the top of my list. I wouldn't recommend ANY of her books. None.
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« Reply #4: February 11, 2010, 03:52:45 pm »

I don't know how she does it, but I do know I have laughed my ass off at her. She is a really atrocious writer, and her Christian bashing is another black mark against her. I cannot tolerate that sort of thing. There were hints of it in her Green Witchcraft book, but it was full blown in Origins. Just another thing that has made that book stay at the top of my list. I wouldn't recommend ANY of her books. None.

My darling daughter bought me this book as she knew I did not have it and thought it might add to my collection. i didn't have the heart to tell her it wasn't worth the paper it was written on.

I keep it as an example to students of what not to read.
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« Reply #5: February 11, 2010, 03:54:56 pm »

Hekate: Goddess of Eroticism.

'nuf said.

WTF!?! Shocked

I'm with Juni, how the hell did she come up with that?
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« Reply #6: February 11, 2010, 04:13:03 pm »

WTF!?! Shocked

I'm with Juni, how the hell did she come up with that?

I don't know, but I read this at the same time as I read Triumph of the moon.  talk about total disconnect.
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« Reply #7: February 11, 2010, 04:17:40 pm »

WTF!?! Shocked

I'm with Juni, how the hell did she come up with that?

I'd have to go back and page through that section to tell you. And while I think the world of you, Mel, you're just not worth that.  Grin

Also, in the pictures section at the beginning, she's got the Snake Goddess of Knossos labeled as "Unknown Hindu Goddess." That one is almost as stunning considering how well known that figure is.
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« Reply #8: February 11, 2010, 04:18:50 pm »

I keep it as an example to students of what not to read.

Exactly. It claims a space on the shelf where we keep Barbara Walker's Encyclopedia.
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« Reply #9: February 11, 2010, 04:28:50 pm »

I'd have to go back and page through that section to tell you. And while I think the world of you, Mel, you're just not worth that.  Grin

Don't worry, I wouldn't slug through a horrible book for you either Grin

Also, in the pictures section at the beginning, she's got the Snake Goddess of Knossos labeled as "Unknown Hindu Goddess." That one is almost as stunning considering how well known that figure is.

OK, now that is a glaring of example of either 'did not do the research,' 'just didn't care,' or 'too stupid to even be allowed to talk to another person.'

I mean, if she knew where Knossos is and Crete's location in comparison to the Indian Sub-Continent.....
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« Reply #10: February 11, 2010, 04:51:38 pm »

OK, now that is a glaring of example of either 'did not do the research,' 'just didn't care,' or 'too stupid to even be allowed to talk to another person.'

I mean, if she knew where Knossos is and Crete's location in comparison to the Indian Sub-Continent.....

Actually, I believe she's got a vested interest in Indian religion. I suppose she's claiming some sort of family religion that goes back to the Indus Valley (kind of an Og the Caveman sort of thing)....couldn't swear to it, but I suspect that's where she was headed. She also had them knowing about the speed of light and having civil engineers (or something like that based on the existence of manhole covers).

The whole book was a trip. And I don't mean that in a good way.
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« Reply #11: February 11, 2010, 04:52:31 pm »



I mean, if she knew where Knossos is and Crete's location in comparison to the Indian Sub-Continent.....

She does - she has a lot to say about the early dwellers in that area.  The Dravidians (sp)
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« Reply #12: February 11, 2010, 07:37:58 pm »

WTF!?! Shocked

Weeeell, if you're willing to follow the same careless and uninformed thought processes, and if you squint really hard, you can almost see where she got it.  Hekate is the single most widely invoked goddess in surviving spells from ancient Greece -- a major chunk of which were love spells.  Hekate is the pre-eminent goddess of magic, and ancient witches/magicians clearly felt that she was therefore the best deity to invoke, no matter what the specific purpose of the spell.  So, if she read about ancient Greek and Roman love magic, and saw that Hekate was commonly invoked, it makes a tiny -- just a tiny -- bit more sense.   
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« Reply #13: February 11, 2010, 08:00:24 pm »

Weeeell, if you're willing to follow the same careless and uninformed thought processes, and if you squint really hard, you can almost see where she got it.  Hekate is the single most widely invoked goddess in surviving spells from ancient Greece -- a major chunk of which were love spells.  Hekate is the pre-eminent goddess of magic, and ancient witches/magicians clearly felt that she was therefore the best deity to invoke, no matter what the specific purpose of the spell.  So, if she read about ancient Greek and Roman love magic, and saw that Hekate was commonly invoked, it makes a tiny -- just a tiny -- bit more sense.   

I think this would fall under 'looking at ancient practice with a modern Neo-Wiccan lens?'  By that I mean how many modern day practitoners just invoke whichever gods are applicable to the situation.
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« Reply #14: February 11, 2010, 08:06:40 pm »

Hekate: Goddess of Eroticism.

Also, in the pictures section at the beginning, she's got the Snake Goddess of Knossos labeled as "Unknown Hindu Goddess." That one is almost as stunning considering how well known that figure is.

My brain. It hurts.
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