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Re: VMs: La Vecchia Religione

Hi everyone,

At 00:02 13/05/2004 -0500, Dennis wrote:
Dana Scott wrote:-
> I have begun to investigate La Vecchia Religione of ancient Italy. There are
> numerous aspects of Stregheria that seem to have correlations in the VMS

        Stregheria sounds interesting.  I've mostly heard that
Wicca claims to be a folk survival of the antique
pre-Christian traditions of Europe, but is in fact a
literate invention of the late 19th and early 20th
centuries.  I believe that Wicca claims that "La
Vecchia Religione" is such a survival of ancient Roman
beliefs and practices, and that it is similarly
suspect.  I don't know much, but keep that in mind.

I've had a good look at Stregheria in the past (I think there was a mention in Couliano's "Eros and Magic in the Renaissance" - though, frustratingly, there's no subject index at the back): one problem is that a lot of web sources on it (as Dennis points out) seem to mix up present longings with past history into something which is hard to separate out. Tread carefully! :-o

Though some believe it's a fake, probably the first point of reference would be Charles Godfrey Leland's...

...(1899) book "Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches". There's an online version:-

A pretty good Stregheria link page here:-

BTW, I always meant to try to get hold of Ronald Hutton (1999) "The Triumph of the Moon" (Oxford University Press) - but never got round to it. That might well be a good book to read on the general subject.

Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....

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