‘The Witches Ways in the Welsh Borders’ is the culmination of 14 years of research by Monmouthshire based academic anthropologist and writer, Tamzin Powell.
Originally inspired by the little known Edwardian folklorist, Margaret Eyre, who lived in St Briavels on the edge of the Forest of Dean, the book explores witchcraft through customs, rituals and rites; and includes contemporary ethnographic data of practitioners within the area. Tamzin Powell has produced a work of national historic importance within her field. Having fully immersed herself within her research exploring the cunning folk ways as the basis of an anthropological field study, she has found herself on a journey of enlightenment from pioneer to practitioner; discovering new evidence suggesting a distinct difference between Wicca (practised by ‘most’ contemporary witches) and Wica (with one ‘C’) which has a deeper, ancient continuity.
This book explores this often controversial subject and comes to some rather surprising conclusions; in many ways, redefining the origins of witchcraft as we know it. Tamzin will be sharing a few of her experiences at the book’s launch, to be held on Saturday 28th October 2017 at The Castle Inn, Chepstow, Monmouthshire – from 4pm until 8pm.
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