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Night of the Witches: Folklore, Traditions & Recipes for Celebrating Walpurgis Night
 
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Night of the Witches: Folklore, Traditions & Recipes for Celebrating Walpurgis Night [Format Kindle]

Linda Raedisch

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"Spring has come to the northern forest. The evening wind blows cold as the breath of the frost giants. Just overhead, there is a sound like the rushing of crows' wings. Can it be a coven of witches has flown over these woods?

"On any other night, you would probably swear that there was no such thing as a witch—at least, not the kind that streaks through the sky on a broomstick with guttering taper and billowing cloak. But this is no ordinary night; it is the thirtieth of April, the eve of May. Tonight is Walpurgis Night."

The roots of Walpurgis Night reach deep into the Pagan past, and modern Europeans celebrate it with as much abandon as their ancestors. Learn about the sacred rites of spring and the "lost" holiday has changed from a lusty fertility festival to a children’s night of fun and treats. Learn about brooms and how to make one, and meet a collection of old-time witches, from Ash Wives to Wolf Crones. This charming, impeccably researched book features a wealth of folklore and herb lore, plus original and traditional recipes, crafts, and activities.


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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 240 pages
  • Editeur : Llewellyn Publications (8 février 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B004I1KN2C
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An entertaining introduction to Walpurgis Night - with delicious recipes! 28 février 2011
Par Anne deFuria - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Book Review: Night of the Witches, folklore, traditions & recipes for celebrating Walpurgis Night by Linda Raedisch. Woodbury, MN: Llewllyn 2011

In Germany and other Northern European countries, Walpurgis Night is celebrated on the evening of April 30th with bonfires, mischief, noisemaking, dancing and of course, drinking. In Night of the Witches, author Linda Raedisch explains that this traditional witches' meeting on the highest mountain in Northern Germany is comparable to the American Halloween, although it shares May 1st eve with the Celtic celebration of Beltane. In a charming storytelling voice, Raedisch takes readers through the history of this ancient festival, weaving art, music, literature, linguistics and stories from around the world into her narrative. In keeping with her vast knowledge of folklore, the author connects the dots from the Walpurgis Night scenes in Goethe's Faust, to references in Grimm's fairy tales, Fraser's Golden Bough and Mendelssohn's music. But this is no dry academic tome. Night of the Witches presents the history and ancient lore of Walpurgisnacht with sly humor and provides recipes and crafts for readers who would like to celebrate the beginning of spring in their own households.

With the current interest in witches reflected in the bestseller list by Deborah Harkness' A Discovery of Witches, perhaps the vampire craze of Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series is giving way to another form of supernatural beings. If you want to know how these beliefs began and persisted through the ages, Night of the Witches will entertain and enlighten you. Do you know why loud noises are commonly favored at many celebrations? "Noisemaking remains a time-honored method of driving out evil at important turning points of the year, such as New Year's Eve..." (6) Raedisch tells us.
What's up with bonfires? "Our ancestors understood, perhaps better than we do today, that there is no such thing as a free lunch. If they wanted their crops and livestock to flourish, they had to offer something in return to the source of the abundance." (7) The bonfires were used for live sacrifices, later straw substitutes. In chapter 5, A Field Guide to Witches, Raedisch describes thirteen kinds of witches, from hags to Valkyries to weathermakers, ending the chapter with a recipe for Poor Hags (similar to French toast), an origami kitchen witch, and a paper crone's mask - one of which hangs in the library staff room where I work. Full disclosure: why does the library have a crone's mask? No, we are not a coven of witches, at least I don't think we are. Author Linda Raedisch is a colleague, a friend, and the only person I know who has not only an encyclopedic knowledge of folklore, a knack for languages, a talent for arts, crafts and cooking, all wrapped up in a wry sense of humor.

This book is recommended for anyone interested in folklore, fairytales, German traditions, German food, cultural studies, and of course, witches. Teenagers who enjoy fantasy books like Harry Potter and the Twilight series should read this non-fiction exploration of the subject. College students of linguistics and anthropology would also find this title fascinating.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Fun lore and great ideas for celebrations 1 mai 2012
Par Emily Carlin - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I've been interested in Walpurgis Nacht for a long time and had never seen a whole book dedicated to it, so I was delighted to find this book. It has a lot of interesting history and lore surrounding the holiday. It also has a ton of crafting ideas and recipes for celebrating this holiday. I would have preferred a few more genuinely magickal ideas for ritual and spellwork appropriate to May Eve, but it's similar enough to Samhain that it isn't a critical omission.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Fantastic Exploration of Walpurgis Night 5 octobre 2011
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I've read just every book on wiccan traditions that I can lay my hands on, which means I've read works by a ton of authors. Some book I've struggled through, the writing style is either too dry or the subject too familiar, Linda Raedisch's book however is a breath of fresh air!

Her writing style is informative yet fun, the recipes and crafts are great. I've found that well written and interesting books focusing on a specific holiday are few an far between, which is unfortunate as they're my favorite.
If you're curious about or interested in traditional holidays and the folklore behind them, this book is one you absolutely must read. I can only hope that she writes more in the future (I'm holding out for a good book on Yule).
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Amazing Attention to Detail, And Fun! 19 septembre 2013
Par Andrew Snyder - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
This is a can't-stop-reading wealth of interesting facts and information, all of which the author painstakingly researched and impeccably annotated. Ms. Raedisch shares so many deep and thought-provoking facts, all the while remaining lusory and engaging. Her knowledge and passion for this topic will surely cast a spell on all readers! Her second book will be out next month - can't wait!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Good book! 28 octobre 2012
Par Mona Romans - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
This book focuses on Walpurgis night which is a topic I am uninformed. I found this book easy to read and full of very helpful and fascinating information.
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