Embracing the Witch and the Goddess: Feminist Ritual-Makers in New Zealand by Kathryn RountreeEmbracing the Witch and the Goddess: Feminist Ritual-Makers in New Zealand by Kathryn Rountree

Embracing the Witch and the Goddess: Feminist Ritual-Makers in New Zealand

byKathryn RountreeEditorKathryn Rountree

Hardcover | November 6, 2003

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Embracing the Witch and the Goddessis a detailed survey of present-day feminist witches in New Zealand. It examines the attraction of witchcraft for its practitioners, and explores witches' rituals, views and beliefs about how magic works. The book provides a detailed portrait of an undocumented section of the growing neo-pagan movement, and compares the special character of New Zealand witchcraft with its counterparts in the United States, Great Britain, and Australia.
Kathryn Rountree traces the emergence and history of feminist witchcraft, and links witchcraft with the contemporary Goddess movement. She reviews scholarly approaches on the study of witchcraft and deals with the key debates which have engaged the movement's adherents and their critics, and ultimately presents what Mary Daly declared was missing from most historical and anthropological research on witchcraft: a 'Hag-identified vision'.
Based on fieldwork amongst witch practitioners,Embracing the Witch and the Goddessis an important contribution to the emerging profile of present-day witchcraft and paganism.
Kathryn Rountree is a senior lecturer in Social Anthropology at Massey University. As well as publishing widely in academic journals on aspects of feminist witchcraft and Goddess spirituality, she has written texts on academic writing and a series of educational books on New Zealand prehistory.
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Title:Embracing the Witch and the Goddess: Feminist Ritual-Makers in New ZealandFormat:HardcoverPublished:November 6, 2003Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0415303583

ISBN - 13:9780415303583

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""Embracing the Witch and the Goddess is to be commended for combining sensitivity with balanced questioning and for resisting the impulse to treat female subjects as "others" whose spirituality must be "explained" or "explained away" by theory."
-"Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Fall 2005