Wicca

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A twentieth-century representation of the Old English wiċċa, from Proto-Germanic *wikkô(sorceror). The modern use of the term was introduced first as Wica,[1] mentioned briefly in chapter 10 of Gerald Gardner's book Witchcraft Today (1954), as a collective noun ("the Wica"), allegedly used as a self-designation by practitioners of witchcraft. The spelling Wicca, again as a collective noun, was introduced and popularized by Gerald Gardner's later book, The Meaning of Witchcraft (1959).

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Wicca

  1. A neopagan religion that was first popularized by books written in 1949, 1954, and 1959 by Englishman Gerald Gardner, involving the worship of a horned male god and a moon goddess, the observance of eight Sabbats, and the performance of various rituals.

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  1. ^ Gardner, Gerald (1954) Witchcraft Today, New York, New York: Magickal Childe, ISBN 978-0806500027, page 102