I've seen that HUGE masterpost with all the witch labels, and although it's impressive that you've been able to pull together all those resources, for my purposes I was hoping to get the info only on the regional specific witchery. I find SUPER informative and DIFFERENT so Id love to be able to reblog that from you BUT I don't want to tamper or edit your original post without permission. Do you have the post separated by chance, or could you? Because I'd love to reblog so you get the credit!! 🙂
Here it is!
Witchery: most were originally
tribal based and feature many similarities, such as Paganism and similar craft
Norse: Norse witches
worship Norse deities. Witchcraft was very important in ancient Viking culture
and a normal part of their everyday life. Warrior shamanism, runes, and
sacrifices to the Gods were just some of their important practices. Heathen
Witch: Heathenry is Norse/Anglo-Saxon/any Germanic Paganism, also called
Asatrú: Ásatrú is a polytheistic faith based on pre-Christian Northern European
Pagan beliefs. Emphasis on historical accuracy and the heroic tales as recorded
in texts and personal honor, truth and integrity are considered to be some of
the highest virtues.
Druid: Druidry means
following a spiritual path rooted in the green Earth and hails from the United
Kingdom. It means participating in Celtic wisdom teachings, but embracing the
contributions of many peoples and times. Druids worship Celtic deities and
practice earth based magic.
Hellenic Witch: Witches
who are Hellenic or Greek Pagans (Hellenists, Hellenes, Hellenism) are
generally polytheists who worship the ancient Greek Olympian gods. Offerings to
the Gods are an extremely important element of ritual practice. Hellenismos
consider hospitality of great important and place great value on the study and
use of classical Greek philosophical texts.
Roman Witch: Roman Pagan
witches practice Religio Romana, the pre-Christian religion of Rome. The
modern religion reconstructs the ancient faith of Rome and its gods, goddesses
and rituals as closely as possible. Every attempt is based on historical
accuracy and archaeological evidence. Like their friends the Hellenic Witches
focus on the original classical texts, writers and language of their ancestors.
Italian Witch: Strega (Stregheria,
La Vecchia Religione, “The Old Religion”), Italian witches
practice a form of Witchcraft that encompasses elements of the pre-Christian
European magical teachings and ancient Etruscan and Tuscan religions. Many
modern Italian Witches today, especially those who still reside in Italy, are
Christians who also practice their Old Religion.
Egyptian Witch: Kemetist
witches practice a modern religion based upon the ancient Egyptian family of
gods/goddesses and ancient Egyptian ritual practice. While many gods and
goddesses are revered or acknowledged, the Kemetic religion is not primarily
polytheistic. In many sects of Kemetism, the concept is better described as one
god representing many distinct personalities and divinities. Rituals and
offerings are often elaborate, and both ancient texts and modern archeological
discoveries are very important to modern Egyptian witches.
African Witch: African
witchcraft varies region to region of the African continent and can be tribally
specific. African witchcraft normally delves in spirit work and shamanism. The
most well known type of African witchcraft is Voodoo (Vodou). Voodoo is an
ancient West African religion based on spirit work. Voodoo is a religion of
spirits. Voodooists believe that the world of humans is shared by the world of
the spirits. When a person dies, his spirit passed to the world of the unseen
but is still able to see the human world. Spirits, it is believed, in some
cases can even impact the world of the living. They also seen as witch doctors
in their communities who can heal, work with divination, and give their
customers charms and amulets to bring them luck, love, harm to others, and so
Native American Witch:
Each region and tribe of Native Americans have its own unique kind of
witchcraft. Each tribe has their own rituals, performed ceremonies, and ritual
outfits. They each have their own tools, carvings, and totem poles. In spite of
all their differences, Native Americans share a sense of oneness with their
land, practice herbology, and hunt, use, and honor animals of Native America. A
common magical practice known to have roots in Native American magic is the
practice of smudging.
Haitian Vodou: A sect of
African Voodoo, they believe in a supreme creator, Bondye, and worship the
spirits subservient to him, the Loa. Every Loa is responsible for a particular
aspect of life and they cultivate a relationship and worship them much like
Pagans worship their Gods and Goddesses. Haitian religious culture is derived
from the Kongolese tradition of kanga, the practice of tying one’s soul to
something tangible, which is evident in Haitian Vodou. Fearing an uprising in
opposition to the US occupation of Haiti, political and religious elites, along
with Hollywood and the film industry, sought to trivialize the practice of
Vodou. After the Haitian Revolution, many Haitians fled as refugees to New
Orleans. Free and enslaved Haitians who moved to New Orleans brought their
religious beliefs with them and reinvigorated the Voodoo practices that were
already present in the city. Eventually, Voodoo in New Orleans became hidden
and the magical components were left present in the public sphere. This created
what is called hoodoo in the southern part of the United States.
Louisiana Voodoo: A sect
of African Voodoo, knowledge of herbs, poisons, the ritual creation of
charms and amulets, and the intension to protect oneself or harm others are key
elements of Louisiana Voodoo. Voodoo queens have great power in their communities,
are ritual leaders, and draw crowds to buy their magical products, such
as “gris gris” amulets and spells that will grant the customers desire.
There also Voodoo kings, their male equivalent.
American Hoodoo: A sect of
Louisiana Voodoo that is ever evolving. Hoodoo practitioners use gris-gris
items, such as amulets and charms, to cure their customers ailments, bring them
luck and love, and whatever they desire. Some work closely with the Bible, and
have said to see Moses as magical figure.
Witches who practice witchcraft, brujeria, who are descended from, or live in
Spanish speaking South America.
Brazilian Shamanism: Like
other tribal or local shaman, they work with the spirit world, work with
divination, and are seen as healers. Shamanism is often hereditary in Brazil
and they work with a specific animals spirit to derive power from, such as the
jaguar. Umbanda: The incorporation of catholic saints with the beliefs of the
Kahunas of Hawaii: Like
other shamans, they invoke spiritual help, conduct rituals, and have Pagan
local gods who are given offerings. They also have various crafts of Kahunas,
such as a high priest, dream interpreter, and reader of the skies. To the
Kahunas, and many witches today and in the past, the subconscious is your
greatest ally or greatest foe for achieving health, wealth, and happiness.
Slavic Witches: Today, old
techniques of divination, magic, soul travel and healing is known from their
ancestors and their native faith Rodnovery. These families, the volkhvy,
who have “witchblood” have ancestors from ancient Rodnover priesthood. They are
considered masters of a much larger tradition in Russia called koldovstvo,
or chaklynstvo. One does not have to possess the lineage of the volkhvy
to practice koldovstvo. The Russian volkhvy are thought to be descended from
shamans who could shape-shift into bears and wolves, while in Macedonia and
Bulgaria they are considered to be descended from dragons. Slavic witches also
revere Baba Yaga, one of the most important witch lore figures in Slavic
culture, who commonly appears as an old crone who flies within a mortar and
holds a pestle. She has many faces, like the Wiccan triple Goddess, such as an
Earth Goddess or a symbol of Death.
Japanese Witch: The Pagan
Japanese religion of Shinto is shamanistic. Witch is a very positive term in
Japan. Japanese witchcraft is commonly separate into two types: those who
familiar snakes and those who familiar foxes.
Korean Shamans( Muism or
Sinism): Sinism is Pagan shamanism pre-dating Buddhism and Confucianism. The Mu,
also known as magician, medicine man, mystic or poet, have the ability to will
people into a trance state and astral project. The Mu provides physical,
psychological, and spiritual healing. These shamans emphasize holistic living.
There are different types of Mu and they are link to the mother goddess
associated with a mountain. Each region has a different mountain
association, thus a different goddess associated with that region. They make
sacrifices to the gods, worship ancestors, sing songs, and meditate.
Chinese Wuism: Chinese
shamanism, also called Wuism, was first recorded in the Shang dynasty. These
men and women are seen to meditate with the powers to generate things, worship
ancestors, and can communicate with the spirits. Gods of nature are prominent
Filipino Witch: Kulam is a
form of folk magic from the Phiippines. It emphasizes personal power and the
secret knowledge of Magica Baja. Like other witches they practice candle
magic, scrying, spell work, and a mangkukulam, a version of the Voodoo
doll. They also are witch doctors like other folk magic practitioners who uses
divination to diagnose a victim and try to cure them.
I will be updating the entire master post soon! )O( H Lavenderwhisp