Pagan Religions: A Handbook for Diversity Training

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Revised and expanded, this comprehensive manual clearly interprets neo-Pagan religious beliefs and practices for non-Pagans, such as professionals in law enforcement, education, social services, and the media. Educating the general public by providing a strong introduction to these alternative spiritual traditions, this updated reference explains the festivals, symbols, tools, and history of Wicca, presents new chapters on the practices of Druidism and Ásatrú, and demonstrates how oppressive religious ...

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Overview

Revised and expanded, this comprehensive manual clearly interprets neo-Pagan religious beliefs and practices for non-Pagans, such as professionals in law enforcement, education, social services, and the media. Educating the general public by providing a strong introduction to these alternative spiritual traditions, this updated reference explains the festivals, symbols, tools, and history of Wicca, presents new chapters on the practices of Druidism and Ásatrú, and demonstrates how oppressive religious doctrine has maligned modern Pagans. Written in an accessible style, this overview is tailored for believers as well as skeptics, scholars, and the idly curious. A glossary of neo-Pagan terms and an extensive bibliography are also included.

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"This new handbook can serve as a solid intellectual vaccination against misinformation about Pagans. . . . An instant classic and should be required reading for anyone training to work in the police and emergency services." —Online Pagans Magazine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780971005068
  • Publisher: Acorn Guild Press
  • Publication date: 8/23/2011
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 180
  • Sales rank: 1,376,873
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Kerr Cuhulain is a former police detective who was involved in antidefamation activism and hate crimes investigation for the Pagan community for nearly 20 years. He is the author of Full Contact Magick, Magickal Self Defense, Walking a Spiritual Path in a Sometimes Hostile World, Wiccan Warrior, and Witch Hunts. He lives in Surrey, British Columbia.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Fourth Edition xi

Chapter 1 Paganism and the Occult 1

Part 1 Celtic Neo-Paganism 7

Chapter 2 Wicca 9

Chapter 3 The Magick Circle 21

Chapter 4 What Wicca is Not 32

Chapter 5 Wiccan Symbols 42

Chapter 6 Druidism 54

Chapter 7 Wiccan and Druid Deities 68

Chapter 8 Wiccan and Druid Festivals 75

Chapter 9 Samhain iVIisinformation 79

Chapter 10 The Real Samhain 93

Chapter 11 Other Festivals and IVIisinformation 98

Part 2 Norse/Germanic Paganism 115

Chapter 12 Ásatrú 118

Chapter 13 The Ásatrú Calendar 133

Appendix A Resources 139

Appendix B A Glossary of Neo-Pagan Terms 143

Bibliography 155

Suggested Reading 158

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