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Witches and Pagans:
Women in European Folk Religion
by Max Dashu

Swa wiccan taeca∂° ::: "€œas the witches teach"€ ... So an Old English scribe let us know that witches counseled the people to "bring their offerings to earth-fast stone, and also to trees and to wellsprings."

In this compelling exploration of language, archaeology, medieval literature and art, Max Dashu pulls the covers off of heritages known to few but scholarly specialists. She shows that old ethnic names for “witch” signify wise-woman, prophetess, diviner, healer, and dreamer.

völur ("staff-women") held oracular ceremonies with incantations, and "sitting-out" on the land for wisdom. Archaeology shows that their ritual staffs symbolize the distaff, a spinning tool that connects with broad cultural themes of goddesses, fates, witches, and female power.

This book plunges into the megalithic taproot of the elder kindreds, and traditions of the Cailleach. Drawing on Frankish and German ecclesiastical sources, it lays out the founding witch-legend of the Women Who Go by Night with the Goddess, "the witch Holda,"€ also known as Holle, Swanfoot Berthe and Fraw Percht. Other chapters look at Wyrd, weaver of destiny, "mystery-singers," ancestor veneration, herb-chanters -- €”and sexual politics, including early medieval witch burnings.

Witches and Pagans gathers strands to reweave the ripped webs of European women's culture.

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Max Dashu speaks at book release event

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Online course starts Jan. 2017

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The Webs of Wyrd


Names of the Witch



Cailleachan, Dísir, Hags

Witch Holda & her retinue

Early Burnings





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More about the book:

Selected Excerpts
from chapters in
Witches and Pagans

Outline of entire series: Secret History
of the Witches

What they're saying
about Witches and Pagans


Online Glossary for Witches and Pagans

Online Commentaries [in progress]

Online Index [in progress]

Mother Earth with serpent and herbs at the margins
of a carved ivory psalter cover. Frankish, circa 835 CE

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