The Witch Cult in Western Europe: A Study in Anthropology

 
9780983719717: The Witch Cult in Western Europe: A Study in Anthropology

Did the Church attempt to obliterate an ancient surviving pagan cult, through the use of the witch trials? Landmark treatise on devil-worship and witchcraft in Western Europe. Newly typeset for a more enjoyable reading experience. Includes: Spells Rituals Potions Coven Activities

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Margaret Alice Murray (13 July 1863 – 13 November 1963) was a prominent British Egyptologist and anthropologist. She is primarily known for her work in Egyptology, which was "the core of her academic career"; she was one of the first women to practice archaeology and the first woman to publicly unwrap a mummy. She is also known for her propagation of the Witch-cult hypothesis, the theory that the witch trials in the Early Modern period of Christianized Europe and North America were an attempt to extinguish a surviving pre-Christian, pagan religion devoted to a Horned God. Whilst this theory is today widely disputed and discredited by historians like Norman Cohn, Keith Thomas and Ronald Hutton, it has had a significant effect in the origins of Neopagan religions, primarily Wicca, a faith she supported.

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