• Provides an up-to-date, scholarly treatment of an important, but often misunderstood, emerging religious movement
• Not only describes the practices, but also examines the social, cultural, and political issues stimulating the growth of Neopaganism
• Examines such issues as identity formation, imagined communities, indigenous rights, and religious freedom in postmodern society
• Photographs of neo-pagan leaders, practitioners, and rituals, along with maps of areas where various religions are practiced
• Contributions from an international team of scholars provides insight into belief systems and cultural influences
"This volume is highly recommended for scholars of alternative religions, paganism, new religious movements, and contemporary religious developments."-
Thor and Odin, Dievs, Diana, fairies—these old gods find new life in the Neopagan movement. In North America and Europe, people increasingly turn to ancestral religions, not as amusement or matters of passing interest, but in an effort to practice those religions as they were before the advent of Christianity.