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Coming to the Edge of the Circle: A Wiccan Initiation Ritual

Nikki Bado-Fralick


This book offers an ethnographic study of the initiation ritual practiced by one coven of Witches located in Ohio. As a High Priestess within the coven as well as a scholar of religion, the author of this book is in a unique position to contribute to our understanding of this ceremony and the tradition to which it belongs. The book's analysis of this coven's initiation ceremony offers an important challenge to the commonly accepted model of “rites of passage.” Rather than a single linear event, initiation is deeply embedded within a total process of becoming a Witch in practice and in communit ... More

Keywords: ritual, coven, Ohio, rites of passage, initiation, Wicca, Witchcraft, the Old Religion, the Craft

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195166453
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2005 DOI:10.1093/0195166450.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nikki Bado-Fralick, author
Iowa State University
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