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An excellent overview, if slightly blinkered and simplistic,
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This review is from: Complete Book of Witchcraft (Llewellyn's Practical Magick) (Paperback)
Ray Buckland is an enigma. His books vary greatly in depth and 'quality' (in my experience and opinion). This book, however, is excellent in every respect, covering a huge amount of information in a relatively compact single volume. The recommended reading lists at the end of each chapter are especially worthwhile - worth the cost of this book for anyone wanting to investigate divination, history of witchcraft (wiccan tradition/s) etc. **However**, personally, I find the history lesson/s in this and all other wicca books I have read somewhat simplistic and blinkered (I believe that Dr Murray was correct in showing an underground fertility religion could be seen through the church claims during the persecutions - but I do *not* believe that wicca was the only movement-practise that the church was referring to under the title 'witchcraft'. I also doubt the integrity of Dr Gardner's contributions (as clearly does Dr. Buckland - congratulations to him for voicing his doubts in this work!). Likewise, this book's coverage of christian theology borders on the ignorant at points - overly simplistic, and at points quite possibly innacurrate. Those complaints aside, this is an excellent introductory text - but grossly simplistic on the theology (even the wiccan theology is arguably very childlike in its nature). Magical and divinatory information is first class - as are the recommended reading lists. Five stars for overall value, comprehensiveness, and reading lists. The above complaints do not warrant removing any stars from this reviewer's rating. But let the buyer beware!