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Folklore, Myth, & Superstition

Amulets and Superstitions

Amulets & Superstitions

4 stars
E.A. Wallis Budge (Dover Publications facsimile reprint, 2011)

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Seminal tome; written by a British Museum Keeper of Egyptian and Assyrian Antiquities.

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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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Aradia Gospel of the Witches

Aradia: or, Gospel of the Witches

5 stars
Charles Godfrey Leland (1890, repr. Lost Library)

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Authentic 19th-century Stregheria (Italian Witchcraft) liturgy, mythos, spells, and traditions descended from a medieval-era, roaming female Witch named Aradia, who taught the oppressed how to use magic to protect themselves from their rich overlords. Leland, a British folklore researcher, acquired the information in this book from a Strega known as Maddalena. In the 20th century, Doreen Valiente adapted and popularized the “Charge of the Goddess” from this book.

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Christianity: The Origins of a Pagan Religion

Christianity: The Origins of a Pagan Religion

4 stars
Philippe Walter, tr. Jon E. Graham (Inner Traditions, 2006)

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“Reveals how Christian mythology of the Middle Ages had more to do with paganism than the Bible; identifies pagan deities that were incorporated into each of the saints; shows how all the major holidays on the Christian calendar are modeled on long-standing pagan traditions.” Also much useful info on various olde Pagan Sabbat traditions.

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Encyclopedia of Goddesses and Heroines

Encyclopedia of Goddesses & Heroines

4 stars
Patricia Monaghan (New World Library, 2014)

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Lore about Goddesses worldwide, including their magical correspondences and powers, feast days, myths, and much more.

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Folklore and Odysseys of Food and Medicinal Plants

Folklore and Odysseys of Food and Medicinal Plants [Illustrated Edition]

4 stars
Ernst and Johanna Lehner (Farrar Straus Giroux, 1973)

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Pen-and-ink illustrations of ancient Pagan glyphs and plants decorate this exploration of ancient, medicinal herbal lore and the magical uses of food.

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Folklore of the Scottish Highlands

Folklore of the Scottish Highlands

4 stars
Dr. Anne Ross (Tempus, 2nd ed., 2000)

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Mystical, revealing details of ancient and olde Scottish Highland Pagans written in a balanced sympathetic and objective manner by a Gaelic-speaking archaeologist and magical practitioner.

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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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Great Mother, The

The Great Mother: An Analysis of the Archetype

4 stars
Erich Neumann, trans. Ralph Manheim (Princeton/Bollingen, 1991)

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Illustrated seminal classic on ancient Goddesses’ lore, powers, guises, attributes, affinities, invocations, hymns, oracles, and spells.

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Influence of Animism on Islam, The

The Influence of Animism on Islam, an Account of Popular Superstitions (Classic Reprint)

4 stars
Samuel Marinus Zwemer, pre-1923 (facsimile reprint, Forgotten Books, 2015)

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Exploration of the polytheistic animism that preceded monotheistic Islam, and its continued influence on the later religion and other cultures; written by a Princeton Theological Seminary professor.

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Irish Cures, Mystic Charms, and Superstitions

Irish Cures, Mystic Charms, & Superstitions

4 stars
Lady Francesca Speranza Wilde (1887; Sterling reprint, 1991)

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Enchanting, authentic, archaic folklore, magic, omens, prophecies, and proverbs compiled by the mother of author-wit Oscar Wilde.

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