Is Stregheria Italian Witchcraft?

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Is the Strega tradition founded by Raven Grimassi representative of Italian folk magic, vernacular healing or cunning folks? The influence of Wicca, Charles Leland and Aradia – the Gospel of the Withes – on Italian American reinterpretations.




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Published on February 27, 2022