Contemporary Paganism: Listening People, Speaking Earth

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NYU Press, 2000 - Religion - 272 pages

The Pagan tradition celebrates the physical nature of life on earth, blending science with spiritual folklore. Seasonal festivals are combined with the rediscovery of shamanic techniques and an emphasis on grounded empiricism. Considering the everyday world of food, health, sex, work, and leisure to be sacred, Pagans oppose that which threatens life such as deforestation, overdevelopment, nuclear power and invoke ancient deities in this struggle for the well-being of the earth and its inhabitants.

Contemporary Paganism presents a broad-based introduction to the main trends of contemporary Paganism, revealing the origins and practical aspects of Druidry, Witchcraft, Heathenism, Goddess Spirituality and Magic, Shamanism, and Geomancy among others. Making use of both traditional history and the movement's more imaginative sources, Harvey reveals how Paganism and its central focus on individual and social life is evolving and how this new religion perceives and relates to more traditional ones.

 

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Contents

Chapters
1
Druidry
17
The Craft of Witches
35
Heathens
53
Goddess Spirituality
69
Magic
87
Shamanism
107
Ecology
126
Earth Mysteries
143
Gods and Hedgehogs in the Greenwood
160
History Sources and Influences
177
Rites of Passage
194
Paganism and other Religions
211
Bibliography
229
Index
243
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Oliver Mller, Albert-Ludwigs-Universitt Freiburg.

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