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Night of the Witches: Folklore, Traditions & Recipes for Celebrating Walpurgis Night

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Witches, goblins, and ghosts in the warm springtime: what could be more fun? The roots of Walpurgis Night reach deep into the Pagan past, and modern Europeans celebrate it with as much abandon as their ancestors did. Walpurgis Night, in Germanic tradition, is a dark night at the end of April when witches are out celebrating and causing mischief. This charming book explores ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Llewellyn Publications
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Sarah
Feb 24, 2011 Sarah rated it it was ok
Meh. I enjoyed some of the recipes and jeopardy type knowledge, but that was about it.
Anne
Mar 07, 2011 Anne rated it it was amazing
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Book Review: Night of the Witches, folklore, traditions & recipes for celebrating Walpurgis Night by Linda Raedisch. Woodbury, MN: Llewllyn 2011

In Germany and other Northern European countries, Walpurgis Night is celebrated on the evening of April 30th with bonfires, mischief, noisemaking, dancing and of course, drinking. In Night of the Witches, author Linda Raedisch explains that this traditional witches’ meeting on the highest mountain in Northern Germany is comparable to the American Hal
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Alazzar
Mar 10, 2015 Alazzar rated it liked it
A few months ago, my knowledge of Walpurgisnacht was limited to the fact that that's the day of the year Merle Corey would always have to deal with an assassin's attempt on his life in Roger Zelazny's Amber series. But then a friend and I were talking about it, wondering exactly what the holiday was, and decided we needed to learn more about the subject (especially since we liked the idea of essentially celebrating Halloween twice in one year).

Unfortunately, there's not a lot of great Walpurgi
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Mariah
I have long been curious about Walpurgisnacht, the eve of May Day (Maitag in German) but there is little information available about it. It is much like Halloween if it was celebrated in spring. I was impressed, this book was surprisingly well researched for a New Age press book. The first portion gives us the history and origins of Walpurgisnacht, discusses witches in German folklore and holiday customs.
The second part of the book has recipes, crafts and activities for the occasion. Many of th
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