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The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft, Second Edition Paperback – October, 1999

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Don't look for the Blair Witch in these pages; this new edition retains the balanced tone and thorough scholarship of the first. Guiley, author of the previous edition and many other books on occult and New Age topics (e.g., Dreamwork for the Soul; Encyclopedia of Angels), covers both historical witchcraft (particularly the witch trials of Reformation Europe and Colonial America) and contemporary witchcraft and Wiccan and pagan practice in over 500 detailed, clearly written, alphabetically arranged entries of various lengths. The second edition incorporates new historical research on the origins of witchcraft and updates and expands coverage of the modern revival, its most influential leaders, the organizations, and their practices. The bibliography includes many new titles, and most entries list books for further reading. Revised See references and cross references improve access to information, and more than 100 black-and-white illustrations augment the text. General topics or ones tangential to witchcraft such as "Trees" and "Astrology" have been omitted, but entries related to mythology, folk magic, and the occult still appear, giving this book a broader perspective than the more arcane resources on this popular subject. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries.AVivian Reed, Long Beach P.L., CA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"A'must' for the serious collector." -- The Book Report

The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft is an authoritative, indispensable resource for readers with a desire to learn more about the true nature and history of witchcraft. -- Reviewers Bookwatch, December 1999

This title will appeal to readers who have a casual interest in this subject and to readers who wish to do extensive research. . . . Recommended. -- The Book Report
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Inc.; 2nd edition (October 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081603849X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816038497
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #739,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This book is an encyclopedia of anything relevant to modern and historic witchcraft. It covers key names, places, people, concepts, times and events that are tied to the craft or are mistakenly construed as tied to Wicca (i.e. Satanism). It doesn't try to gloss over dark periods in our history and comes across as extremely objective about the material. The book is outstanding in its clear and concise prose - it really gets to the heart of any entry. The entries themselves are easy to look up and find. It is truly a definitive source of reference information and I would recommend it to anyone that is evaluating this path or is interested in history.
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This comprehensive encyclopedia contains hundreds of entries (from Abracadabra to the Zagarramurdi Witches) and over a hundred illustrations. Explaining its nature as a holistic religion that emphasizes the sanctity of life and the unity of all things, it provides a survey of witchcraft from its early pagan roots to the present, including the periods of persecution like the Inquisition and the Salem witch trials. Included are biographical profiles of leading modern witches, many with interviews. Some prominent personalities include Patrcia Crowther, Laurie Cabot and Margaret Adler and there is also an interesting piece on Carl Weschke, the magician and founder of Llewellyn Publications.
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This has to be one of the most impressive books on Witches and Witchcraft I have ever Purchased. One because it is not exclusively about Wicca, but of Witchcraft. ( Let the world understand that not all Witches, are Wiccans. First of all the book is huge, and has entries on Demons, the Devil, "Which really did have a big part in the history of Witchcraft." What impressed me the most of this Huge Book was that it was not just only about European Witchcraft, but also has entries on Witchcraft from around the world.
The Book is one of those books that if you have a question on Witchcraft, just alphabetically look it up and it will be there, both the black and white aspects of witchcraft are included. There are entries on Grimoires, Black Magic, Voodoo, Santeria, Quimbanda, Stregarism, A few entries on popular Wiccan Authors, Curses, Spells, Brujeria, Curanderismo, Salem Witch trials, Sorcery, Evil Spirits, Shamanism,The Orishas, the Loa, Morgan La Fey, Merlin, Voodoo Queens, and the list goes on and on. Yep and it is al in one impresive volume, that should be in every Witches, or Brujos Library. This is a good book to have, but not really meant for the Wiccan Faint of Heart.
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This is a very good book, but not a great one. The sections on Neo-Pagan Witchcraft are outstanding, but the sections on historical Witchcraft are erratic. A host of new evidence about historical Witchcraft has become available since the late '70's. This new data has overturned many of the older theories. And, unfortunately, Guiley drew upon some outdated works, such as Russell Hope Robbins' _Encyclopedia of Witchcraft and Demonology_. Therefore while the modern parts of the book are wonderful, the historical information is occasionally woefully inaccurate. (The stuff on the death toll is particularly bad.)
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Format: Hardcover
Our Museum has a library of over 3000 books on the occult and witchcraft, Guiley's Encyclopædia of Witches and Witchcraft is the book most often used to point researchers in the right direction. The encyclopædia is without question the most useful reference book in our collection and we thoroughly recommend it. In this second edition Guiley has expanded and updated many entries and added new photograhhs. What a pleasure it is to hold a properly produced, weighty, hardback tome such as this. Well done Rosemary !
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Whether you are researching Witchcraft for scholarly or personal purposes, this is THE book to make your own. In it, you will find a who's who of historical and modern Witches, complete information on Sabbats, spells, amulets, persecution, modern Wicca, medieval Devil worship, and more. Everything imaginable that could be associated with Witches is here
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This book is a must have for any level of witch or wiccan, or persons studying witches and witchcraft. I have had a copy of this book since I was 11 and Im now 34. The information contained within is invaluable and is presented in a very professional and easy reading style. I always recommend this book and the other 2 that were later published.
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Awesome encyclopedia, covers any subject (almost) that you could imagine. Written distinctly with accompanying illustrations and pictures, it is a beautiful book and exceeds my expectations. I definitely recommend it for anyone researching the subject.
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