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Modern witchcraft in suburban Australia: how and what witches learn

Curtin University of Technology, Department of Social Sciences
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  • Wiccan
  • Witchcraft
  • Anthropologists
  • Western Australian
  • Ritual Practice
  • Holistic Learning Processes
  • Whole Person Theory
  • Learning
  • Social Interaction
  • Anthropology
  • Linguistics


Existing anthropological research and discussion related to contemporary Wiccan and Witchcraft practice is growing and indeed has been explored by anthropologists and other writers from the northern and southern hemispheres. However, there has been limited discourse on how and what Western Australian Wiccans and Witches learn. This ethnographic research fills that gap by exploring, in two separate sections, how Wiccans and Witches have developed relevant skills in a social learning structure and what ritual practice they have learnt as a result. The thesis proposes that the current theories of learning and ritual fail to adequately describe the social processes and outcomes observed.

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