The origins of Wicca

Wicca Magic

During 16th and 17th century, phenomena, called witch hunt took place in different European countries and America. During this time, a number of people, nearly between 40,000 to 100,000, were ruthlessly killed with an allegation of being witch or evil. These people were executed as they had some strange rituals and religious belief. At that point of time, people of Europe and America could not understand the significance of the witch-cult. Later, the term witch-cult became immensely popular among the Brits and Us people.


First, the Wiccan were alleged to be the worshipper of devils. People suspected that, they were behind all the mischievous activity that was happening into the society. From that point of time, Wicca got black magic and mischief or devil tag. Witches were considered as devils in different European and American books for the child. In reality, witches are not at all devil. There is nothing called witch, but the practice of a special ritual is called as witch-cult. Modern historians agreed on the fact that, witches had nothing to do with any social mishaps. They were just killed, due to some mass hysteria.


However, this is not the only origin of witch-cult. Later, this cult was re-originated or reincarnated by a famous English lady, named as Margaret Murray. It was 20th century, during the year 1970, the witch-cult hypothesis or concept came into existence, and gradually became popular. This is also widely known as Pan European pagan religion.


New Forest Coven

In the year of 1954, a retired civil officer, Gerald Gardner, came with a fresh book, named as ‘Witchcraft Today’. After the advent into the market, the book became very popular. It is a written document on witch-cult. Several interesting facts on the witch-cult can be derived through this piece of book. According to this book, the witch-cult was initiated by a group of people, known as New Forest Coven. Mr. Gardner met those people personally, when he was on his service, and collected a lot of data over them. In his book, he mentioned two person among them. They are: Old Dorothy and Dofo.


Sources for Wicca

The ritual form of Wicca has enough influence of Victorian era occultism. However, the spiritual concept of the religion was derived from the older Pagan faiths. Nevertheless, in Pagan faith, the concept of Hinduism and Buddhism is clearly visible. Thus, it is very inter-connected, and has been practice throughout the world in many forms and formats.


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