Margaret Murray

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Margaret Murray AKA Margaret Alice Murray

India / England 1863 – 1963


Comments: Anthropologist; Egyptology; Witch-cult hypothesis, the theory that the witch trials in the Early Modern period of Christianized Europe and North America were an attempt to extinguish a surviving pre-Christian, pagan religion devoted to a Horned God; Mother Goddess Cult in Europe; feminist; Suffragette ; inspired Wicca and Neopaganism; investigated the murder of Charles Walton on Meon Hill; The God of the Wizards" ;


Teachers: Sir William Flinders Petrie; Allan Gomme; Sir James Frazer; Jeanne Hervillier, witch;

Students: H. P. Lovecraft; Dennis Wheatley;Robert Graves; Simone de Beauvoir; Betty Friedan; Ursula K. Le Guin ; Rita Mae Brown; Shalamith (Shuli) Firestone; Fran Luck of WBAI; Kathie Sarachild; Kate Millett; Aileen Hernandez; Letty Cottin Pogrebin; Ann Snitow; Robin Morgan; Marilyn Webb; Ellen Willis; Anne Koedt; Jo Freeman; Kathie Sarachild; Anne Forer; Carol Giardina; Anselma Dell'Olio; Ti-Grace Atkinson; Susan Brownmiller; Meredith Tax; Elaine Showalter; Phyllis Chesler; Ellen Frankfort; Elizabeth Fisher; J.B. Hare;


Friends:

Enemies: Norman Cohn; Keith Thomas; Jacqueline Simpson; Carlo Ginzburg; Eva Pocs; Emma Wilby ; W.B. Halliday; Elliot Rose; Ronald Hutton;

Organizations: Folklore Society,;

Author: The Witch-Cult in Western Europe, 1921; The God of the Witches, 1933; autobiography entitled My First Hundred Years (1963); Egyptian Temples, 1931; Petra, the Rock City of Edom, 1939; The Splendour That Was Egypt, 1949; The Genesis of Religion, 1963; Ancient Egyptian Legends, 1920;


Comparing Dante's Satan with John Milton's Lucifer, the Catholic Devil to the Protestant, will be developed in a separate essay, along with the initiated version of the Old Testament story of Job, the Wicca theories of Margaret Murray; The transition from Horned God to Evil Power to Nature Freed; The influence on "Bad Boys" of the 17 and 18 th centuries (looking at you, William Blake and Aleister Crowley); Modern interpretations such as the Ann Randian Selfishness of Anton LaVey to dangerous Cthulhuoid invocations culled from the fiction of H. P. Lovecraft.


Resources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Murray; http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/20411 ; read her here - http://darkbooks.org/collection/Margaret-Alice-Murray.html ;http://www.sacred-texts.com/egy/ael/index.htm ; and an essay on her here - http://www.sacred-texts.com/pag/murray.htm ;