Discover the Origins of Wicca in “Witchcraft From the Inside”
Even though Raymond Buckland’s Witchcraft From the Inside was written in 1971, the subject matter is still relevant today. Witchcraft From The Inside allows readers to get a bird’s eye view of not only what life is like as a member of a Wiccan or Neo-Pagan coven, but also goes in-depth about the history of Wicca and Witchcraft as well. From Gerald Garner to Z.Budapest’s work with Dianic Wicca, no stone is left unturned as Buckland describes the movers and shakers of the ‘40s,‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s that have left their mark, for better or worse, on the modern-day Pagan movement.
Contrary to other authors, Buckland also explores the links between the religions of ancient times and the way modern Pagans worship the same Gods today. However, he’s not afraid to point out that there’s a huge disconnect in how the Gods were prayed to in the ancient world and how they are prayed to today by modern Pagans and Witches. The reason why Buckland emphasizes the fact that Wicca and other branches of Paganism are merely interpreting how the ancients may have worshipped is due to the fact that back in the ‘70s, there was a prevalent belief that there was an unbroken line of tradition heralding back to ancient times.
While some Pagans may not agree with everything Buckland says, Witchcraft From the Inside is a great way to learn more about the nuts and bolts of one of America’s fastest-growing religions as well as the influences that allowed it to become to popular today.
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