The Witch-Cult in Western Europe: a Study in Anthropology
By Margaret Alice Murray
- Release Date: 2011-04-01
- Genre: Spirituality
The Witch-Cult in Western Europe: a Study in Anthropology Margaret Alice Murray Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
History of witchcraft in Europe, first published in 1921. According to Wikipedia: "Margaret Alice Murray (13 July 1863 - 13 November 1963) was a prominent British Egyptologist and anthropologist. Primarily known for her work in Egyptology, which was "the core of her academic career," she is also known for her propagation of the Witch-cult hypothesis, the theory that the witch trials in the Early Modern period of Christianized Europe and North America were an attempt to extinguish a surviving pre-Christian, pagan religion devoted to a Horned God. Whilst this theory is today widely disputed and discredited by historians like Norman Cohn, Keith Thomas and Ronald Hutton, it has had a significant effect in the origins of Neopagan religions, primarily Wicca, a faith she supported."
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