What Witches Do: A Modern Coven Revealed Paperback – Mar 1984
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'At last, a really intelligent well-written and informative book on present-day witchcraft.' The Australian 'An engrossing portrayal of the modern coven at work.' Yorkshire Morning Telegraph 'An excellent book about a subject which is too often distorted by sensationalism.' The Book Exchange
About the Author
Stewart Farrar was one of the world's best-known writers on the subject of Wicca. His books (written with his wife, Janet) which include Eight Sabbats for Witches and The Witches' Way, published by Robert Hale, became standard works. Stewart was also a successful writer of occult novels and of television and radio plays. He lived with his wife in Co. Meath, Ireland, until his death in 2000.
Top Customer Reviews
_What Witches Do_ is written predominantly in the first person plural -- "Here is how we do it... Here is what we believe" -- rather than in the second person; it's obviously a self-description rather than a how-to. It's a fairly in-depth presentation of the beliefs and practices of the Alexandrian tradition, and it's presented as information, not instruction.
However, many of the beliefs and practices here are specific to British traditionalist Wicca, which is very, very different from the eclectic and feminist traditions that have evolved in the years since this book was first published. It's almost as though a book on the theology and liturgy of the Russian Orthodox Church were published under the title _What Christians Do_.
That being said, I'd recommend this to folks who are curious about British traditions or about the portrayal of the Wiccan faith in the 70s -- and I'd recommend it to folks who are looking for the broadest possible picture of the Pagan community.
Farrar's book provides a good introduction to the British Traditional Craft. It presents an overview without assuming that the reader already knows anything about Wicca. A great book to give to somebody open-minded who wants to understand the traditional craft. If reading this book leaves you salivating for more, Stewart & his wife Janet have written THE WITCHES WAY and EIGHT SABBATS FOR WITCHES. These contain more than enough information to satisfy those interested in more details.
Most recent customer reviews
I really enjoyed this book. It was originally recommended to my by my mentor as a look back to the roots of my coven. Read morePublished on May 24 2003 by T. Bailey
This is the most comprehensive, detailed, and informative book I have ever read and will probably ever read about the British Tradional Wiccan traditons of Wicca. Read morePublished on April 8 2002
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