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History of Pagan Europe
     

History of Pagan Europe

by Prudence Jones, Nigel Pennick
 

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The authors divide Europe into five broad cultural areas and trace the expression and development of Pagan religion in each of them from earliest times to present day.

therefore a volume anyone probing into Europe's religious past will enjoy reading (History of Religions)

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The authors divide Europe into five broad cultural areas and trace the expression and development of Pagan religion in each of them from earliest times to present day.

therefore a volume anyone probing into Europe's religious past will enjoy reading (History of Religions)

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Library Journal
This ambitious work endeavors to demonstrate how the indigenous spiritual traditions of Europe were not wiped out by various invaders but in fact constitute a kind of hidden history of Europe. Jones (Voices of the Circle: The Heritage of Western Paganism, Aquarian Bks., 1990) and Pennick (The Celtic Oracle, Aquarian Bks., 1992) wish to show how the various invaders of Europe adapted aspects of the pagan religions already in existence to fit within the framework of their own. All over Europe are found sacred groves and shrines to deities that were not a part of current religion before its arrival in the area. The authors assert that the original pagan religions of Europe were polytheistic and had goddess and nature elements (without the Fall) that were often incompatible with the invading group's belief system. A ubiquitous and fascinating theme is the role of the goddess and women in each religion. The authors are occasionally guilty of generalizations when trying to cover too long a period. Nevertheless, this work will satisfy those interested in a background for New Age spirituality. The bibliography is extensive, but the notes are sparse. Recommended for public and academic libraries.-Clay Williams, Bluefield State Coll. Lib., W. Va.

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ISBN-13:
9780760712108
Publisher:
Sterling Publishing
Publication date:
03/08/1999
Pages:
262

Meet the Author

Prudence Jones is a former president of the Pagan Federation and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She is the co-editor of Voices from the Circle: the Heritage of Western Paganism (1990) and the author of Creative Astrology (2000). Nigel Pennick is a writer, illustrator and lecturer on ancient and modern mysteries. His publications include The Pagan Source Book (1992) and Sacred Geometry (1994)

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