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Saturday, 11 October 2008

Asian Traditions Of Witchcraft

Asian Traditions Of Witchcraft Cover Asian Traditions: In Japan, the Shinto religion is itself a shamanistic religion and thus the Japanese do not attach negative connotations to witchcraft. The word "witch" is actually used with positive connotation in the Japanese language as a female with high skills or fame. Asian witchcraft generally centers on the Relationship between the witch and the animal spirits or familiars and in Japanese witchcraft, witches are commonly separated into two categories: those who employ snakes as familiars and those who employ foxes; the Fox Witch being the most commonly seen witch in Japan. In China, witches employs books, staffs, and other implements, similar to the western traditions of witchcraft and the witches are often accompanied by familiars in the form of rabbits, which are universally associated with the Moon, with fertility and with the Goddess. The witches of China are notable for their extensive knowledge of the occult properties of plants and herbs, as well as for Clairvoyance and the study of astrology.

Books in PDF format to read:

Swain Wodening - Anglo Saxon Witchcraft
Michael Bailey - Historical Dictionary Of Witchcraft
Howard Williams - The Superstitions Of Witchcraft
Bylaws - Unicorn Tradition Of Wicca
Alexander Roberts - A Treatise Of Witchcraft