Handbook of Contemporary Paganism

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Murphy Pizza, James R. Lewis
BRILL, 2009 - Religion - 649 pages
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Contemporary Paganism is a movement that is still young and establishing its identity and place on the global religious landscape. The members of the movement are simultaneously growing, unifying, and maintaining its characteristic diversity of traditions, identities, and rituals. The modern Pagan movement has had a restless formation period but has also been the catalyst for some of the most innovative religious expressions, praxis, theologies, and communities. As Contemporary Paganism continues to grow and mature, new angles of inquiry about it have emerged and are explored in this collection. This examination and study of contemporary Paganism contributes new ways to observe and examine other religions, where innovations, paradoxes, and inconsistencies can be more accurately documented and explained.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
HISTORICAL APPROACHES
11
The Modern Magical Revival Nevill Drury
13
The Influence of Aleister Crowley on Gerald Gardner and the Early Witchcraft Movement Henrik Bogdan
81
American Paganisms Appropriation of Nature Religion Chas S Clifton
109
SOCIOLOGICAL APPROACHES
119
A Weberian Analysis of Wiccan Charisma Robert Puckett
121
Contemporary Paganism by the Numbers Helen A Berger
153
VARIETIES OF PAGANISM
391
Animist Paganism Graham Harvey
393
Heathenry Jenny Blain and Robert J Wallis
413
NeoShamans and NeoShamanism Dawne Sanson
433
Australian Paganisms Douglas Ezzy
463
Celts Druids and the Invention of Tradition James R Lewis
479
FAMILY YOUTH AND POPULAR CULTURE
495
Paradoxical Patterns in Contemporary Pagan Cultural Transmission Murphy Pizza
497

Individuals Identity and Community in Contemporary Paganism Sn Reid
171
MAGIC AND RITUAL
193
A Mythological Language of Magic Susan Greenwood
195
Reclamation Appropriation and the Ecstatic Imagination in Modern Pagan Ritual Sabina Magliocco
223
Fire Circle Culture and the Pagan Festival J Lawton Winslade
241
PAGAN THEOLOGY AND THE GODDESS
281
Pagan Theology Michael York
283
The Ancient Female Deities of Modern Paganism Marguerite Johnson
311
Mythology Witchcraft and Feminist Spirituality Carole M Cusack
335
Witches InitiationA Feminist Cultural Therapeutic? Jone Salomonsen
363
The Dynamics of Teenage Witchcraft and Teen Witch Literature Hannah E Johnston
509
NeoPaganisms Evolving Relationship with Popular Media Peg Aloi
539
RACIALETHNIC ISSUES
575
Weaving a Tangled Web? Pagan Ethics and Issues of History Race and Ethnicity in Pagan Identity AnnMarie Gallagher
577
Pagan Engagements with Archaeology in Britain Robert J Wallis and Jenny Blain
591
Wolf Age Pagans Mattias Gardell
611
Contributors
627
Index
633
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About the author (2009)

Murphy Pizza is a Ph.D Candidate in Cultural Anthropology and Comparative Religions at the University of Wisconsin. James R. Lewis, Ph.D. (2003) in Religious Studies, University of Wales Lampeter, is Lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of Wisconsin. He has published extensively on New Religions, including (with Daren Kemp) Handbook of New Age (Brill 2007).

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