Introduction To Pagan Studies

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Description : A text on the academic study of contemporary wicca and paganism throughout the world.


Paganism 101

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Description : Paganism 101 is an introduction to Paganism written by 101 Pagans. Grouped into three main sections, Who we are, What we believe and What we do, twenty topics fundamental to the understanding of the main Pagan traditions are each introduced by essay and then elaborated upon by other followers and practitioners, giving the reader a greater flavor of the variety and diversity that Paganism offers. With introductory essays from leading writers such as Emma Restall Orr, Mark Townsend, Brendan Myers, Jane Meredith, Alaric Albertsson and Rachel Patterson and with supporting vignettes from those at the heart of the Pagan community, Paganism 101 offers a truly unique insight.


Wicca

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Description : The past century has born witness to a growing interest in the belief systems of ancient Europe, with an array of contemporary Pagan groups claiming to revive these old ways for the needs of the modern world. By far the largest and best known of these Paganisms has been Wicca, a new religious movement that can now count hundreds of thousands of adherents worldwide. Emerging from the occult milieu of mid twentieth-century Britain, Wicca was first presented as the survival of an ancient pre-Christian Witch-Cult, whose participants assembled in covens to venerate their Horned God and Mother Goddess, to celebrate seasonal festivities, and to cast spells by the light of the full moon. Spreading to North America, where it diversified under the impact of environmentalism, feminism, and the 1960s counter-culture, Wicca came to be presented as a Goddess-centred nature religion, in which form it was popularised by a number of best-selling authors and fictional television shows. Today, Wicca is a maturing religious movement replete with its own distinct world-view, unique culture, and internal divisions. This book represents the first published academic introduction to be exclusively devoted to this fascinating faith, exploring how this Witches’ Craft developed, what its participants believe and practice, and what the Wiccan community actually looks like. In doing so it sweeps away widely-held misconceptions and offers a comprehensive overview of this religion in all of its varied forms. Drawing upon the work of historians, anthropologists, sociologists, and scholars of religious studies, as well as the writings of Wiccans themselves, it provides an original synthesis that will be invaluable for anyone seeking to learn about the blossoming religion of modern Pagan Witchcraft.


Teaching The Introductory Course In Religious Studies

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Description : Collection of introductory articles on teaching religious studies; extended references to major texts and basic ideas; article by J.H. Martin on Aboriginal religion annotated separately.


Contemporary Paganism

Author by : Graham Harvey
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Description : The Pagan tradition celebrates the physical nature of life on earth, blending science with spiritual folklore. Considering the everyday world of food, health, sex, work, and leisure to be sacred, Pagans oppose that which threatens life such as deforestation, overdevelopment, and nuclear power and invoke ancient deities in this struggle for the well-being of the earth and its inhabitants. Contemporary Paganism presents a broad-based introduction to the main trends of contemporary Paganism, revealing the origins and practical aspects of Druidry, Witchcraft, Goddess Spirituality and Magic, Shamanism, and Geomancy, among others. Making use of both traditional history and the movement’s more imaginative sources, Harvey reveals how Paganism and its central focus on individual and social lives is evolving and how this “new religion” perceives and relates to more traditional ones. This updated and expanded new edition addresses recent developments among Pagans and includes a new chapter assessing continuing scholarly research about the religion.


Academic Studies Of Ritual And Magic

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Description : Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 51. Chapters: Anglo-Saxon Amulets and Curing Stones, Anglo-Saxon Deviant Burial Customs, Aspects of Anglo-Saxon Magic, A Community of Witches, Beyond the Witch Trials, Dreamtime (Duerr book), Europe's Inner Demons, Heathen Gods in Old English Literature, Her Hidden Children, Introduction to Pagan Studies, Magic, Witchcraft and the Otherworld, Rites of the Gods, Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy, Shamans (Hutton book), Signals of Belief in Early England, The Archaeology of Hindu Ritual, The Archaeology of Ritual and Magic, The Archaeology of Shamanism, The Darkened Room, The Mind in the Cave, The Pagan Middle Ages, The Pagan Religions of the Ancient British Isles, The Rise of Magic in Early Medieval Europe, The Tribe of Witches, The Triumph of the Moon, The Viking Way (Price book), Witchcraft and Paganism in Australia. Excerpt: A Community of Witches: Contemporary Neo-Paganism and Witchcraft in the United States is a sociological study of the Wiccan and wider Pagan community in the Northeastern United States. It was written by American sociologist Helen A. Berger of the West Chester University of Pennsylvania and first published in 1999 by the University of South Carolina Press. It was released as a part of a series of academic books entitled Studies in Comparative Religion, edited by Frederick M. Denny, a religious studies scholar at the University of Chicago. Berger became interested in studying the Wiccan and Pagan movement in 1986, when she presented a lecture on the subject at the Boston Public Library. Subsequently becoming acquainted with members of the New England Pagan community, she undertook fieldwork in both a local Wiccan coven, the Circle of Light, and a wider Pagan organisation, the EarthSpirit Community (ESC). In total, Berger underwent 11 years of fieldwork among the Pagan community. Along with ESC...


Pagan Theology

Author by : Michael York
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Description : In Pagan Theology, Michael York provides an introduction to, and expansion of, the concept of Paganism and provides an overview of its theological perspective and practice. He demonstrates it to be a viable and distinguishable spiritual perspective found today in such forms as Chinese folk religion, Shinto, tribal religions, and neo-Paganism in the West. While adherents of many of these traditions do not use the word "pagan" to describe their beliefs or practices, York contends that there is an identifiable position possessing characteristics and understandings in common for which the label "pagan" is appropriate. He outlines these characteristics and also explores paganism as a general form of religious behavior which may be found in other religions which are not themselves pagan. In the course of examining such behavior, York provides descriptions of religions in action, including Buddhism and Hinduism.


Paganism For Kiddos

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Description : What is it about Nature that pulls us deep into the mysteries of her forests, waterfalls, and sacred lands? Why are the Sun and Moon a main focus in Nature-based religion? This delightful introduction to Paganism and earth-centered practice is the perfect start for those who wish to learn about the ways of our ancestors. Written for children, the simple language throughout each page makes this book suitable for all ages and is a stepping stone for further detailed reading in dark green religions and The Craft. Kids will love to read this little book, just right for their little hands, and will deepen their understanding of their parents' Pagan path. Parents will strengthen the bond with their children as they teach them the many ways to connect with Nature and Spirit. This is a must read for those moved by the Sun, the Moon, the seasons, and the cosmic energy contained in all.


Cyberhenge

Author by : Douglas E. Cowan
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Description : In Cyberhenge, Douglas E. Cowan brings together two fascinating and virtually unavoidable phenomena of contemporary life--the Internet and the new religious movement of Neopaganism. For growing numbers of Neopagans-Wiccans, Druids, Goddess-worshippers, and others--the Internet provides an environment alive with possibilities for invention, innovation, and imagination. Fr om angel channeling, biorhythms, and numerology to e-covens and cybergroves where neophytes can learn everything from the Wiccan Rede to spellworking, Cowan illuminates how and why Neopaganism is using Internet technology in fascinating new ways as a platform for invention of new religious traditions and the imaginative performance of ritual. This book is essential reading for students and scholars of new religious movements, and for anyone interested in the intersections of technology and faith.


Eros And Touch From A Pagan Perspective

Author by : Christine Hoff Kraemer
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Description : Within the past twenty years, contemporary Pagan leaders, progressive Christian and Goddess theologians, advocates for queer and BDSM communities, and therapeutic bodyworkers have all begun to speak forcefully about the sacredness of the body and of touch. Many assert that the erotic is a divinely transformative force, both for personal development and for social change. Although "the erotic" includes sexuality, it is not limited to it; access to connected nonsexual touch is as profound a need as that for sexual freedom and health. In this book, Christine Hoff Kraemer brings together an academic background in religious studies and theology with lived experience as a professional bodyworker and contemporary Pagan practitioner. Arguing that the erotic is a powerful moral force that can ground a system of ethics, Kraemer integrates approaches from queer theology, therapeutic bodywork, and sexual minority advocacy into a contemporary Pagan religious framework. Addressing itself to liberal religious people of many faiths, Eros and Touch from a Pagan Perspective approaches the right to pleasure as a social justice issue and proposes a sacramental practice of mindful, consensual touch.


Paganism

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Description : Contemporary Paganism emerged in Britain in the 1940s and 1950s as a new religious movement, although practitioners understood themselves to be participating in a witchcraft tradition extending back into medieval--if not prehistoric--times. In recent decades, Pagan Studies has emerged through a plethora of sophisticated anthropological, sociological, and historical studies, and this new three-volume collection from Routledge's Critical Concepts in Religious Studies series brings together the best foundational and cutting-edge scholarship in one 'mini library'. Volume I addresses the emergence of Paganism as a religion. It collects scholarly analyses of the historical evolution of Paganism, and is organized under topics including debates of historical accuracy, influences on the development of Paganism, and the process of routinization in the religion. The second volume addresses the importance of environmentalism in contemporary Paganism, including work on how Pagans think about the natural world, environmental ethics, and related political activism. The final volume addresses the importance of gender issues and feminism in contemporary Paganism, and collects the best research on topics including immanence, embodiment, self-image, and sexuality. Paganism is fully indexed and has a comprehensive introduction, newly written by the editor, which places the collected material in its historical and intellectual context. It is an essential work of reference and is destined to be valued by scholars and students as a vital one-stop research and pedagogic resource.


Has God Many Names

Author by : Dewi Arwel Hughes
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Arc

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After World Religions

Author by : Christopher R Cotter
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Description : The World Religions Paradigm has been the subject of critique and controversy in Religious Studies for many years. After World Religions provides a rationale for overhauling the World Religions curriculum, as well as a roadmap for doing so. The volume offers concise and practical introductions to cutting-edge Religious Studies method and theory, introducing a wide range of pedagogical situations and innovative solutions. An international team of scholars addresses the challenges presented in their different departmental, institutional, and geographical contexts. Instructors developing syllabi will find supplementary reading lists and specific suggestions to help guide their teaching. Students at all levels will find the book an invaluable entry point into an area of ongoing scholarly debate.


Research Guide To Religious Studies

Author by : John Frederick Wilson
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Practically Pagan An Introduction To Alternative Guides To Living

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Description : Practically Pagan is a series of books designed to help facilitate the continuing journey of Pagan ideas into the mainstream, to help develop our new understanding and to spread the message that Pagan ways of thought are not only good but necessary. The Practically Pagan series doesn’t include books about theology or philosophy, they are books about life, yours and mine and the everyday things with which they are filled, cooking, gardening, staying healthy and living magical yet environmentally responsible lives. They are written by Pagans for everyone and they offer different ways to do familiar things. Try one of our recipes, preferably including some ingredients harvested from your garden... but make sure you’re dancing in the kitchen while you cook it! Look after yourself and administer some self care... but extend that compassion to the planet as well. And in the end, well, who knew... you’re practically Pagan!


Magic Ritual And Witchcraft

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Daughters Of The Goddess

Author by : Wendy Griffin
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Description : A volume ideal for classes in women's studies, religious studies and the sociology of religion, Daughters of the Goddess also serves as an invaluable guide for anyone wishing to gain a thorough introduction to this rapidly growing religious and cultural movement."--BOOK JACKET.


Introduction To Librarianship

Author by : Jean Key Gates
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Description : This concise volume covers the fundamental elements of librarianship. Part 1 gives a thorough historical overview, from the invention of writing to our present-day state and nation-wide systems. Part 2 focuses on the issues of librarianship as a profession and the place of libraries in society. Part 3 explores requirements of various types of libraries, current trends, developments, and opportunities. This work includes details reference and bibliographical sources for in-depth discussion of specific topics.


Religion Online

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Description : Religion Online provides an accessible and comprehensive introduction to this burgeoning new religious reality, from cyberpilgrimages to neo-pagan chatroom communities. A substantial introduction by the editors presenting the main themes and issues is followed by sixteen chapters addressing core issues of concern such as youth, religion and the internet, new religious movements and recruitment, propaganda and the countercult, and religious tradition and innovation.


An Introduction To Islam

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Description : This wide-ranging account of the history and theology of one of the world's most dynamic religions tells the story of Islamic beliefs and practices as they developed from the earliest times down to the present day. For this revised and updated second edition, David Waines has added a long section tackling head-on the issues arising from Islam's place in the changing world order at the turn of the new millennium. The wars in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Israel, and the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, have raised global awareness of Islam at a superficial level - but little has been written which considers Islamic political and military extremism in relation to mainstream Muslim history and theology. Coming at the end of a book which has explored the ideas and traditions of Islam in depth, this new section offers thought-provoking reflections on the place of religion in the current conflicts.


Wicca

Author by : Scott Cunningham
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Description : Provides an overview of the earth-oriented religion, featuring solitary rituals for the Esbats and Sabbats, exercises to help develop magical proficiency, spells, and recipes.


Introduction To New And Alternative Religions In America African Diaspora Traditions And Other American Innovations

Author by : Eugene V. Gallagher
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Description : Annotation. Most new or alternative religious are gravely misunderstood by members of the religious mainstream. Labeled cults or sects, groups and their members are often ridiculed or otherwise disregarded as weird and potentially dangerous by the populace at large. Despite their efforts at educating the general public, the various anti- and counter-cult activists have in fact promoted much more mis-understanding than accurate understanding of the religious lives of some of their fellow citizens. Consequently, they have helped to create a very hostile environment for anyone whose religious practices do not fit within a so-called mainstream. This set rectifies the situation by presenting accurate, comprehensive, authoritative and accessible accounts of various new and alternative religious movements that have been and are active in American society, and it addresses ways of understanding new and alternative religions within a broader context. Determining what actually constitutes a new or alternative religion is a subject of constant debate. Questions arise as to a new faith's legitimacy, beliefs, methods of conversion, and other facets of a religious movement's viability and place in a given culture. How a religion gains recognition by the mainstream, which often labels such new movements as cults, is fraught with difficulty, tension, and fear. Here, experts delineate the boundaries and examine the various groups, beliefs, movements, and other issues related to new faiths and alternative beliefs. Readers will come away with a fuller understanding of the religious landscape in America today. Volume 1: History and Controversies discusses the foundations of new and alternative religions in the United States and addresses the controversies that surround them. This volume helps readers better understand what makes a new or alternative belief system a religion and the issues involved. Volume 2: Jewish and Christian Traditions explores the various new religions that have grown out of these two Abrahamic faiths. Groups such as the Shakers, the People's Temple, the Branch Davidians, Jehovah's Witnesses and others are examined. Volume 3: Metaphysical, New Age, and Neopagan Movements looks at Shamanism, Spiritualism, Wicca, and Paganism, among other movements, as they have developed and grown in the U.S. These faiths have found new and devoted followers yet are often misunderstood. Volume 4: Asian Traditions focuses on those new and alternative religions that have been inspired by Asian religious traditions. From Baha'i to Soka Gakkai, from Adidam to the Vedanta Society, contributors look at a full range of groups practicing and worshiping in the U.S. today. Volume 5: African Diaspora Traditions and Other American Innovations examines the various traditions linked to the African diaspora such as Rastafarianism, Santeria, and the Nation of Islam, alongside traditions that are truly American incarnations like Scientology, UFO religions, and Heaven's Gate. Some of the new and alternative religions covered in these pages include: ; Shamanism ; Wicca ; Black Israelites ; Santeria ; Scientology ; Elan Vital ; Hare Krishna ; Soka Gakkai ; and many more


Myth And Mystery

Author by : Jack Finegan
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Description : Clever insights are a distinguishing mark of this excellent, concise overview of ancient religions that existed during the formative years of Judaism and Christianity.


New Religious Movements

Author by : Eileen Barker
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Description : New Religious Movements


Crossroads

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