What religion was founded by Gerald Gardner? GERALD GARDNER
Gardner, considered the founder of Wicca, was born in 1884, north of Liverpool in England. A world traveler with an interest in the occult, Gardner first heard the word “Wica” used in the 1930s when he became involved with a coven in Highcliffe, England. He was initiated into the group in 1939.
When was Wicca invented? Wicca originated in the early twentieth century, when it developed amongst secretive covens in England who were basing their religious beliefs and practices upon what they read of the historical Witch-Cult in the works of such writers as Margaret Murray.
Where did the word Wicca originate? Although pronounced differently, the term Wicca is a modern derivation of the Old English word ƿiċċa, which referred to sorcerers in Anglo-Saxon England and has yielded the modern English word witch.
Who was the first witch? The first witch, killed during the Salem Witch Trials was Bridget Bishop, who was hanged from the gallows on June 10. In total, around 200 people were accused and 18 were killed.