The Paganism Reader / Edition 1

The Paganism Reader / Edition 1

by Chas Clifton
     
 

Paganism is one of the world's fastest-growing religions, practised in a huge variety of ways. The Paganism Reader provides a definitive collection of key sources in Paganism, ranging from its ancient origins to its twentieth-century reconstruction and revival. Chronologically organized sections include extracts from ancient Greek, Norse and Celtic

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Paganism is one of the world's fastest-growing religions, practised in a huge variety of ways. The Paganism Reader provides a definitive collection of key sources in Paganism, ranging from its ancient origins to its twentieth-century reconstruction and revival. Chronologically organized sections include extracts from ancient Greek, Norse and Celtic literature, inspirational texts from the early twentieth-century, writings by leaders of the Pagan revival, and newer perspectives showing the diversity of Paganism today. Witchcraft, nature religion, shamanism and goddess worship are considered, as is the influence of environmental and feminist movements. Fully introduced, with editors' prefaces to all extracts and suggestions for further reading, this comprehensive book is an invaluable guide to Paganism and critical issues in its study.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415303521
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/01/2004
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction1
1Cakes for the Queen of Heaven9
2The Hymn to the Mother of the Gods and The Hymn to the Moon11
3Isis' speech15
4Mistletoe19
5Fragment of a letter to a priest21
6The Thunder: Perfect Mind33
7Sayings of the High One40
8The Seeress45
9Math son of Mathonwy48
10Over nine waves53
11The tower, the pool and the dragons57
12How Diana gave birth to Aradia (Herodias)61
13The Book of the Law67
14A tree song80
15The Piper at the Gates of Dawn83
16Witchcraft90
17The Old Gods95
18The triple muse128
19Living witchcraft153
20Thou art God163
21Preliminary preparations170
22Isis and Ishtar: the comeback of ancient cults186
23As it was: as it will be209
24Working with Gerald, and Robert Cochrane, Magister215
25The nature of the rites239
26A magic childhood254
27The Stoic way of nature: a Pagan spiritual path260
28The solo witch273
29Initiation by ordeal281
30Pagan musings300
31The Goddess movement in Britain today305
32Initiations326
33Drawing Down the Moon, and Candlemas Ritual Cake330
34Nature religion for real335
35What happened to Western shamanism?342
36Finding your way in the woods: the art of conversation with the Genius Lock354
37Entertaining faeries365
Further reading373
Index380

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