Intimate Portrait: Witches VHS
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(Jun 01, 1999)
From the Brothers Grimm to The Wizard of Oz, witches feature prominently in the lore of Western culture; the hag with the black hat and hooked, warty nose helped shape our early conception of evil and taught us never, ever to accept advances from strangers. This Lifetime documentary examines the various representations of witches through time and across cultures, looking, too, at the waves of paranoia inspired by their mysterious craft. The film's dramatizations of the Salem witch trials aren't nearly as interesting as its interviews with modern-day followers of Wicca, who gather around the world to celebrate the marriage of natural and supernatural forces. A haunting score and a plethora of images make Intimate Portrait: Witches an interesting introduction to the legend (and reality) of the Great Coven. --Claire Campbell
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With all the hype and not much circumstances you may get the feeling that this is not a "how to" program. However the essence is not rigid rituals but the philosophy and religion behind Wicca.
This is not a "be all. End all" program but a portrait.
I obtained this video because I wanted to see the interviews of farrar, budapest, cabot. This 45minutes begins in Salem; and gives a brief visual document of witches in the past and modern America.
As I said earlier; quick research is unaccurate research. They use the word 'wicca', 'athame' a.o. without saying one word of the creator of these words: Gerald Gardner!
He is the first person who used these words in this combination and associated to witches. It is like Gardner, Sanders, V. Crowley don't exist. Americans found their own way, but not without watching the European "wicca"first. In the interview with Budapest; the word feminist wicca doesn't appear.
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