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Thread #4716   Message #120914
Posted By: katlaughing
05-Oct-99 - 10:32 AM
Thread Name: Pagan/Folk/Earth Music Research Project
Subject: RE: Pagan/Folk/Earth Music Reasearch Project
As an "Earth" religion, Native Americans have many old songs available, nowadays at least by recording, which are beautiful and meaningful. I am surprised nobody mentioned them.

I also think there has been a great deal of generalisation concerning the Old Religion etc. In the early days of Christianity, long before the 1940's as mentioned above, covens of the Old Religion were called Wicca or Wicce from an Anglo-Saxon root word meaning "to bend or shape", i.e. they were seen as the ones who could shape the unseen to their will.

Skeat's Eymological Dictionary derived "witch" from medieval English wicche formerly Anglo-Saxon wicca masculine, or wicce, feminine: a corruption of witga, short form of witega, a seer or diviner; from Anglo Saxon witan, to see, to know. Similarly, Icelandic vitki, a witch, came from vita, to know; or vizkr, clever or knowing one. Wizard came from Norman French wischard, Old French guiscart, sagacious one. The surname Whitaker came from Witakarlege, a wizard or witch. The words "wit and "wisdom" came from the same roots. Quote from Women's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets by Barbara G. Walker, Harper & Row, 1983.

Interesting thread, Ted, thanks for reviving it.