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by Candace Savage

eBook Witch: The Wild Ride From Wicked to Wicca ePub
Author: Candace Savage
Language: English
ISBN: 1550548018
ISBN13: 978-1550548013
Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre; First Edition edition (December 31, 2000)
Pages: 144
Category: New Age & Spirituality
Subcategory: Religios
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 222
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ePub file: 1465 kb
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 119-124) and index. Counter Witches have always been figures electric with possibility, feared as menacing hags, but also standing as towering images of female rebellion.

Includes bibliographical references (p. Trace their wild ride across the centuries, flying on brooms, turning into animals, making spirit journeys, visiting the dead, casting spells, and causing or healing illnesses. Every age has fashioned this legendary shapeshifter to fulfill its dreams and nightmares, and she has transformed from Renaissance devil worshipper to fairy-tale character to New Age priestess.

Candace Savage's succinct history of witches, Witch: The Wild Ride from Wicked to. .

Candace Savage's succinct history of witches, Witch: The Wild Ride from Wicked to Wicca shows a real enthusiasm for her subject. It is also a fine history of how curiously people have behaved when confronting the supposed supernatural, and how fashions can change our view of history. Savage shows in this profusely illustrated book that whether we need a scapegoat on whom to blame barrenness, a negative role model with which to warn our children, or a high priestess of cultural renewal, the image of the witch will always be there to scare or inspire, reinforcing the regrettable idea that there is something anomalous, something otherworldly, something not quite human

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Witch: The Wild Ride from Wicked to Wicca (2000). Prairie: A Natural History (2004). Candace Savage plays detective about disgraceful era in Canadian history in new book". Curious by Nature (2005). Crows: Encounters with the Wise Guys of the Avian World (2005). Bees: Nature's little wonders (2008). A Geography of Blood: Unearthing Memory from a Prairie Landscape (2012). Strangers in the House: a Prairie Story of Bigotry and Belonging (2019). Retrieved December 5, 2019. Candace Sherk Savage at Library of Congress Authorities, with 24 catalogue records.

Witch : The Wild Ride from Wicked to Wicca. Fascinating, unsettling and unexpectedly hopeful, Witch: The Wild Ride from Wicked to Wicca conjures up a horde of intransigent and unforgettable women, who against all odds have worked their marvels of resistance and survival. By (author) Candace Savage. Format Paperback 144 pages. Dimensions 178 x 216 x 13mm 463g. Publication date 30 Jan 2003. Publisher Greystone Books. Illustrations note Illustrations, unspecified.

Candace Savage Source for information on Savage, Candace: Authors and Artists for Young Adults dictionary

Candace Savage Source for information on Savage, Candace: Authors and Artists for Young Adults dictionary.

Candace Sherk Savage (born 1949) is a Canadian non-fiction writer. Witch: The Wild Ride from Wicked to Wicca (2000).

Candace Sherk Savage (born 1949) is a Canadian non-fiction writer Candace Sherk was born in the Peace River Country of Alberta, Canada, and attended the University of Alberta. She is a frequent contributor to numerous periodicals including Canadian Geographic. A selection of her magazine articles was collected in Curious by Nature (2005). Savage lives in Saskatchewan. YouTube Encyclopedic.

Witches have always been figures electric with possibility .

Witches have always been figures electric with possibility, feared as menacing hags but also standing as towering images of female rebellion. A brilliant study going far beyond the witch-hunts of the 1600s.

Candice Savage's new book WITCH: The Wild Ride From Wicked . From black cats to the modern day practice of Wicca, it's all here. Candace Savage brings to light a history that has been shrouded in mystery for way too long.

Candice Savage's new book WITCH: The Wild Ride From Wicked to Wicca takes us on a wild and wicked ride through time. This informative history of witches and witchcraft takes us back to the 16th and 17th centuries through to modern times. Containing everything from flying broomsticks to magical spells, this book offers plenty of history with an artistic twist. Witch: The Wild Ride From Wicked to Wicca by Candace Savage. Publication Date: October 1, 2000.

Witches have always been figures electric with possibility, feared as menacing hags, but also standing as towering images of female rebellion. Trace their wild ride across the centuries, flying on brooms, turning into animals, making spirit journeys, visiting the dead, casting spells, and causing or healing illnesses. Every age has fashioned this legendary shapeshifter to fulfill its dreams and nightmares, and she has transformed from Renaissance devil worshipper to fairy-tale character to New Age priestess. A brilliant study going far beyond the witchhunts of the 1600s.
MOQ
A quick read on an interesting subject by a scientific commentator. Lots of excellent illustrations and a brief, pithy analysis of the idea of "Witch" from ancient to modern times. If you are involved in Wicca or other forms of Goddess religion, however, this book won't particularly please or inspire. It's pretty much "just the facts, Ma'am," here, an analysis drawn from political and social commentaries. I found it a good, scholarly take on the way the poor and the "second class" citizens of the human race--women--have been (literally) demonized and "Kept in their place."
Haal
Very basic, although I do appreciate the feminist perspective.
I love Mercedes
Excellent
Super P
The cover of WITCH by Candace Savage depicts a motly assortment of characters terrorizing a frightened youth. The scene is a reproduction of "The Spell" by Goya, who painted it in 1797 at the height of the witch craze. The picture shows a conjurer in a yellow robe bending over a youth in white. A group of old hags in the background (presumeably witches) are dressed in black. Icons in the painting include the traditional witch imagery of owl-light, bat-wing, and mangled bablies.
WITCH is an extremely well-written and concise account of the "witch" story in the west. To label the book as a "feminist" tract is misleading, and a not so subtle manner of saying it is second-rate. WITCH provides the lay person with a solidly written and historically researched account. Many longer and more scholarly accounts by male historians tell the same tale in much more detail. WITCH is not propaganda, nor is it biased by a political agenda. The book is written for the layperson who does not wish to wade through the thousands of tomes written on this subject. Savage provides a nice bibliography if you wish to know more. She has sourced and cited her study from beginning to end. One drawback is that her work is based on secondary research, so if a primary source has an error she repeats it--but she cites the source so you can go to the original if you have a question.
WITCH is an art book filled with beautiful drawings, paintings and depictions of witches and their trials and tribulations over the past 500 years. A picture is worth a thousand words.
Other societies had/have witches, but the witch in the West is a direct out-growth of an amalgam of beliefs associated with the Bible. One of the most important points Savage makes is that the "witch craze" did not take place in the Middle Ages as most believe. The persecution of witches by the Roman Catholic Church was incidental. The Church was after heretics--such as the Cathars and Waldensians. Think of it as bringing in Al Capone for tax evasion. Witchcraft was a means to an end. The fact that the accused eschewed orthodoxy was the real issue.
Savage says, "The Reformation began as a movement to cleanse the church of "pagan" superstition. Christianity had been corrupted by Satan, the Protestants said, and they found his mark even on the Mass..." Savage reiterates what many historians point out...the worst persecutions of "witches" took place after the Protestant Reformation, and in predominantly Protestant countries. One-half of all the people executed for witchcraft died in Protestant Germany. Scotland, Sweden, and Switzerland were dangerous places for old ladies with no friends. The night Shakespeare's play "MacBeth" opened in England, and three witches stirred their cauldron on stage, people were being burned and hung for witchcraft all over Europe.
When the average person pictures a witch s/he visualizes a woman with a pale skin wearing a tall hat and flowing black cape--the typical dress of the 16th Century Puritan. In his painting "The Fight Between Carnival versus Lent" painted at the height of the Reformation, Brueghel depicts a "mock" battle in the foreground with colorfully arrayed miscreants ready for sin while the forces of repression dressed in black flood into the background.
Savage covers the story of witches into the 19th and 20th centuries, where behaviour once categorized as evil became "sick" or demented. Freud and his friends soon determined that much of the "hysteria" of the witch craze was a form of projection.
By the 20th Century, new targets of victimizaton were at hand in the form of Communists and others deemed "evil" by the established forces and folks lost interest in witches. Savage does not explore these other "witch hunts" but rather continues her tale with an overview of modern Wicca. This book is short and to the point and a good synopsis for anyone who wants a brief overview and a lovely work of art.
Jozrone
When I picked up this book I was expecting a history of witchcraft from an occult prospective. I was not expecting an examination of the Archetypal female witch through history from a feminist point of view. Despite my wrong expectations, I found this book to be extremely fascinating. The author follows the evolution of society's perception of the witch and how these perceptions helped to shape the roles of women. The material is presented is well written and insightful. The author's conversational style of writing draws the reader in, as she guides us through this sometimes-gruesome sometimes-funny history. While it is too short to a "definitive work," it does present all the information someone with a casual interest would want. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this work and recommend it.
wanderpool
(It should be noted that this book is almost entirely about historical/anthropological witchcraft; it contains very little information relating to modern Neo-Pagan religious Witchcraft and/or Wicca.)

'Witch: The Wild Ride from Wicked to Wicca' is an engrossing, entertaining, and lavishly-illustrated essay which aims to trace the figure of the witch from the middle ages to modernity. Although it is in large part scholarly and well-researched (it is published by the British Museum Press after all), it is still highly accessible as a leisurely read.

There is definitely a woman-centered focus to the work, but while the lens through which the author approaches the material is often palpable, it is understandable and even justifiable by the nature of the historical information itself. The branders of witches and witch-hunters themselves specifically targeted women, and they promoted a worldview which demeaned women as spiritually weak and morally inferior to men, viewing females as agents used to taint the more righteous gender. The primary resources of that era makes those ideas quite clear. The quintessential witch is always envisioned as female. And, of course, the proportion of women arrested, tortured, and/or killed under pretense of witchcraft verses that of men is undeniable. Thankfully though, the author does not go so far as to paint the witch persecutions as the "women's holocaust" and she rightfully identifies the figure of nine million individuals killed during the infamous "Burning Times" to be inaccurate. Overall, I found it to be a highly enjoyable, informative book, however, it definitely has its faults.

The author asserts that medieval intellectuals and theologians essentially invented the witch as a diabolical threat to the order of the Christian universe in order to deliberately accomplish certain social and political goals: "For a start, this scholarship suggests that the idea of the female witch was largely the work of spin doctors. Rather than emerging authentically from medieval folk culture, the witch was the brain child of theologians, lawyers, and other intellectuals who (with the deepest sincerity) conjured her up to satisfy their own political and cultural needs."(9) While the author certainly presents ample evidence that those intellectuals did give the specter of the witch greater definition as an individual who had made a pact with Satan to obtain supernatural powers, fully outlining her role, her habits, her demeanor as well as how to deal with her upon capture (even artificially projecting their definition onto the distant past), they could not have invented the witch whole cloth. I found it odd that there was no mention of etymology whatsoever, even when the modern religious incarnations of Witchcraft as a constellation of Neo-Pagan belief systems are briefly touched-upon. The word "Wicca" is simply thrown into the mix in the last chapter without any sort of background information as to the origin of the word and its original meaning as the Old English word for witch (specifically a male witch as a female witch was referred to as a wicce). No real effort is made to discern what "witch" implied before said paranoid, misogynist intellectuals took hold of it in the dark ages to mark a peculiar sort of heretic. They did not invent a word to label her from thin air, so there must have been some raw materials, however nebulous, to work with in the first place. Unfortunately, Savage does not even attempt to investigate that material; she only accompanies the witch from the middle ages onward, and the middle ages, understandably so, occupy the majority of her attention.

Another significant disappointment arises in the last chapter where the author hopes to address contemporary Neo-Pagan religious Witchcraft. While the previous chapters show signs of rigorous research on the author's part (evidenced by the bibliography and quotations from primary source material), the last chapter seems to have fallen by the wayside. Her overview of the modern Witchcraft movement is regrettably simplistic and one-sided, and in this particular case her chosen feminist lens proved to be extremely exclusionary of fundamental information which did not tie in nicely with the woman-centered thread of her book. For instance, she defines Wicca as "feminist witchcraft" and considers it only as a dimension of the "feminist spirituality movement." Her quoted primary source material on religious modern Witchcraft stems from only two books, The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Goddess: 20th Anniversary Edition and Dreaming the Dark : Magic, Sex, and Politics, which are by the very same author no less. While there is most certainly a very strong feminist current to some modern forms of Neo-Pagan Witchcraft, including some strands of Dianic Wicce which are explicitly women-only groups and Starhawk's own ecofeminist Reclaiming Tradition, it is inaccurate and short-sighted to label the entirely of Witchcraft as simply a permutation of "feminist spirituality." One gets the impression from her writing that Witchcraft in the modern religious sense only arose in the late 1960's and early 1970's, a suggestion that is at least a decade too late. She completely ignores the true roots of Neo-Pagan Witchcraft in what is referred to these days as British Traditional Wicca, and absolutely no mention is made of important (male) individuals including Gerald Gardner, Alex Sanders, Robert Cochrane, Raymond Buckland, etc. The omission of Gardner is especially grave since she devotes an entire chapter to Margaret Murray's thesis; I would have imagined that Savage would have turned up some information on him if only because Murray wrote the foreword to Gardner's seminal book Witchcraft Today. One might also think that since Savage was familiar with Ronald Hutton's books Stations of the Sun and The Pagan Religions of the Ancient British Isles: Their Nature and Legacy, both of which she cites under the heading "Witches and (Neo)Pagans," that she would also be aware of his highly relevant The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft, but apparently not . I was also puzzled by the fact that significant works of literature relating to witchcraft including Leland's ARADIA: Gospel of the Witches and Michelet's 'La Sorcière' were only mentioned in very brief captions and not within the bulk of the text itself.

Despite these drawbacks though, 'Witch' is still a worthwhile, concise overview of the witch in history. It is especially valuable for the information it provides on the medieval and renaissance witch persecutions.
Nalmergas
Witch explores the female figure, the witch, from ancient times to modern day Wicca. Savage connects the ideology of the witch to the negative connotations of the female psyche in a patriarchal dominated society. This book is a must read for those interested in female studies.
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