Margaret Murray and the Rise of Wicca


  • Juliette Wood Reading University



Neo-paganism, Margaret Murray, Wicca, folklore


Murray's quaint, 19th Century approach which sees 'survivals' in every custom and uses 'folk memory' to justify tenuous links between past and current practices, characterises the popular image of what folklore is.


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How to Cite

Wood, J. (2020). Margaret Murray and the Rise of Wicca. Pomegranate, 45–52.