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Earthly Bodies, Magical Selves: Contemporary Pagans and the Search for Community 0th Edition
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Her assessment of pagan culture is fairly balanced. She notes both the positive and negatives aspects of the culture and does so in a positive manner, avoiding any hint of cennsure or judgement. She's simply presenting the facts. Granted this doesn't mean there isn't some subjectivity on her part. Obviously she chose the pagan community because there was a gap in research there and she wants to get tenure, but even with that bias she does a credible job of presenting the pagan community and specifically the festival environment.
I actually picked this book up at Borders while I was perusing the "New Age/Pagan" book section for new titles and noticed that a picture of a friend of mine was in it! So I bought it.. later I found some good information regarding transformational festivals that some friends of mine organize (Lumensgate).
The author respectifully presented the material and provided pretty good insight into the current Pagan movement in all of its diversity.
She wrote in the Preface to this book, "This is a study of a new religious movement defining and creating itself in the second half of the twentieth century. It is about the festivals that Neopagans hold to celebrate their communities and to experiment with personal religious identities... In this work I explore the ways in which festival space both expresses and shapes the religious yearnings of participants who are searching for spiritual intensity and utopian community."
Here are some additional quotations from the book:
"Some Pagans also claim Spiritualism as part of their ritual lineage to legitimate their own medium-like practices." (Pg. 15)
"'Pagan Standard Time' takes over at festivals, indicating that events will take place eventually, but often not at the hour when they are scheduled." (Pg. 26)
"For most Neopagans, death is not the end of life but the beginning of another life in the cycle of reincarnation." (Pg. 60-62)
"Around the campfire others agreed that their festival friends are more of a family than the blood relatives with whom they cannot share their Neo-pagan identities." (Pg. 83)
"Neopagans ... are often polytheists. The Neopagan world is inclusive of many spirits, ancestors, and gods and goddesses who live side by side." (Pg.Read more ›
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Had to buy this for a class text. What a load of hooey. Not everything is worthy of study--including this book.Published on August 6, 2012 by Amazon Customer
A very look at how the modern Pagan festival movement is creating personal identity in the Neopagan movement. Read morePublished on September 7, 2002 by Ian C
Sarah Pike does a great job of revealing the secret inside world of the neopagan community. While I was interested in Neopaganism before reading this, I find myself even more... Read morePublished on July 14, 2002