By Nikki Bado
This publication deals an ethnographic research of the initiation ritual practiced through one coven of Witches situated in Ohio. The members are individuals of the spiritual neighborhood that describes itself as Wicca, the outdated faith, or the Craft. inside this group, initiation is noticeable either because the rite wherein someone turns into a member of the neighborhood and as a relevant transformative non secular event, expressed via functionality and physically praxis. as well as contributing to our wisdom of this secretive non secular circulate, Nikki Bado-Fralick's research of the Wiccan initiation rite deals an immense problem to the widely accredited anthropological version of "rites of passage." As a excessive Priestess in the coven in addition to a student of faith, Bado-Fralick is in a special place to give a contribution to our knowing of this rite and the culture to which it belongs. Arguing the worth of her twin function as scholar/participant, she additionally deals a considerate and perceptive self-analysis of the dilemmas this position consists of.
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All I remember is that he wore an earring in one ear (pretty tame by today’s standards), had a cool British- 29 sounding accent, and was well dressed. The forty dollars I had with me quickly burned a hole in my pocket, as I decided which books, herbs, incenses, and other souvenirs to take back home with me. We also spent a lot of time together in more low-key activities. I fondly remember many evenings sitting around Sam’s house eating popcorn or ordering pizza, watching old black and white horror movies, and laughing uproariously.
We also spent a lot of time together in more low-key activities. I fondly remember many evenings sitting around Sam’s house eating popcorn or ordering pizza, watching old black and white horror movies, and laughing uproariously. Why is it that the hero always waits until dark to go into the haunted house with the dying ﬂashlight? You’d think he’d try noon, maybe. Italian vampire movies were very popular on a local station at that time and became some of our favorite ﬁlms. We especially enjoyed the mandatory chase through the woods at midnight by lesbian vampires wearing diaphanous gowns.
He was a very good speaker and would always get a few folks who were interested in learning more. In this way, I had a chance to meet others who were interested in becoming initiates. We started studying with Sam in small groups as well as individually. Studying with Sam didn’t just mean reading books, although there was plenty of reading. We also learned how to identify and properly collect herbs to make healing teas. While they didn’t taste any better than my father’s herb teas, we found them fairly effective for minor aches and pains and colds.
Coming to the Edge of the Circle: A Wiccan Initiation Ritual by Nikki Bado