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Margaret Alice Murray God of the Witches

Margaret Alice Murray God of the Witches

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The classic work by Dr. Murray, a Wiccan and an Egyptologist.
The classic work by Dr. Murray, a Wiccan and an Egyptologist.

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THE GOD OF THE WITCHES
MARGARET ALICE MURRAY
 
Table of Contents
THE GOD OF THE WITCHES........................................................................................................................1
MARGARET ALICE MURRAY............................................................................................................1FOREWORD TO THE FIRST EDITION...............................................................................................1INTRODUCTION...................................................................................................................................2CHAPTER I. THE HORNED GOD........................................................................................................6CHAPTER II. THE WORSHIPPERS...................................................................................................15CHAPTER III.THE PRIESTHOOD.....................................................................................................24CHAPTER IV. THE RITES..................................................................................................................36CHAPTER V. RELIGIOUSAND MAGICAL CEREMONIES.........................................................47CHAPTER VI. THE DIVINE VICTIM................................................................................................59William Rufus[1]................................................................................................................................................60Thomas à Becket[2]............................................................................................................................................63Joan of Arc..........................................................................................................................................................66Gilles de Rais [11] and [12]................................................................................................................................72REFERENCES......................................................................................................................................75
THE GOD OF THE WITCHESi
 
THE GOD OF THE WITCHES
MARGARET ALICE MURRAY
This page copyright © 2001 Blackmask Online.http://www.blackmask.comFOREWORD TO THE FIRST EDITION
INTRODUCTION
CHAPTER I. THE HORNED GOD
CHAPTER II. THE WORSHIPPERS
CHAPTER III.THE PRIESTHOOD
CHAPTER IV.THE RITES
CHAPTER V. RELIGIOUS AND MAGICAL CEREMONIES
CHAPTER VI. THE DIVINE VICTIM
REFERENCES
FOREWORD TO THE FIRST EDITION
THIS book being intended for the general reader as well as for the student of anthropology the authority foreach statement is not always given in the text. For the benefit of those who wish to pursue the study furtherthere is a bibliography for each chapter at the end of the book. For a complete bibliography of Englishrecords the reader is referred to Wallace Notestein's
 History of Witchcraft in England 
(Washington, 1911). Inmy
Witch Cult in Western Europe
(Oxford University Press, 1921) the bibliography is chiefly of the BritishIsles, France, Belgium, and Sweden.Though I am concerned with the existence through the Middle Ages of a primitive religion in WesternEurope only, there is no doubt that the cult was spread in early times through Central and Eastern Europe andthe Near East. There it survived, underlying, as in the West, the official religion of the country, Christianity inEurope, Islam and sometimes Christianity in the East. The
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of those countries were of the faith there inthe ascendant, consequently the Old Religion was seldom recorded, for Paganism belonged there as here tothe inarticulate uneducated masses who remained for many centuries untouched by the new religion. I havenot attempted to give every known instance of the beliefs and ritual of the "witches"; all I desire to do is topresent to the reader a fairly complete view of the cult from contemporary evidence. I have also, as occasionarose, compared the Witch−Cult with other religions of ancient and modern times.My grateful thanks are due to my sister, Mrs. M. E. Slater, and to Mr. G. A. Wainwright for much kind helpand many valuable suggestions; and to Mr. F. Rutter, Town−clerk of Shaftesbury, for the information whichhe so kindly furnished concerning the Prize Besom.In conclusion, there is one request I wish to make of my readers. Since my
Witch Cult in Western Europe
appeared I have received many letters containing criticisms, some complimentary, somecondemnatory, of that book. If other correspondents honour me with similar private criticisms of the presentvolume, I ask of them that they will sign their communications, even when the opinions they express areadverse. Anonymous letters, of which I received a number, reflect no credit on their writers.
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