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Golden Bough, The

The Golden Bough: The Classic Study In Magic

4 stars
Sir James G. Frazier (1890 et seq.; this reprint by Papermac, 1990)

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Magical myths, folklore, customs, and practices of cultures worldwide compiled by a Scottish anthropologist. While its material is sometimes scattered or specious, it remains a valuable resource. (Actual book cover not shown.)

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Sarava: Afro-Brazilian Magic

Saravá! Afro Brazilian Magick

4 stars
Dr. Carol L. Dow (Morwyn) (Llewellyn, 1997)

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Thorough, illustrated explanation of Brazilian mystery religions such as Amer-Indian, Candomblé, and Umbanda, etc.; written by an experienced Wiccan Priestess.

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Etruscan Roman Remains

Etruscan Roman Remains

5 stars
Charles Godfrey Leland (Cosimo Classics, 2007)

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A facsimile copy of the folklorist’s authentic 1892 masterwork revealing the beliefs, customs, deities, formulas, recipes, rites, and spells practiced and prized by 19th-century Witches in Tuscany. Written by the President of the Gypsy-Lore Society, this classic is the only book to list names of pesky daimons that plague lonely men and women, etc.

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Dictionary of Ancient Magic Words and Spells

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Extensive guide about more than 1,000 magical alphabets, phrases, symbols, and words that will help you pronounce, understand, and use them for maximum power; written by a respected occult author.

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Witchcraft Today

Witchcraft Today

5 stars
Gerald B. Gardner (Citadel Press, anniv. edit., 2004)

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An expanded edition of the 1954 classic by the father of the modern Witch renaissance. Covers myriad magical topics, including Picts, pixies, Pagan persecution, cauldrons, and Kabbalah, and includes a biography of Gardner and contributions from some Wiccan elders regarding the Olde Religion’s past, present, and future.

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Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead

Ancient Egyptian
Book of the Dead

5 stars
Translated by Raymond O. Faulkner (Barnes & Noble, 2005)

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Lavishly bound English translation of breathtaking facsimile illustrations from ancient papyri and carvings explaining how the dead should propitiate ancient Egyptian psychopomps and deities to earn rest and reincarnation.

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Meaning of Witchcraft

The Meaning Of Witchcraft

5 stars
Gerald B. Gardner (1959, Red Wheel/Weiser, 2004)

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Authentic beliefs, customs, history, practices, and theology of followers of the Olde Religion; written by a public, trained High Priest who ran the Witch Museum on the Isle of Man and is responsible for the Craft’s popularity today.

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