Listening People, Speaking Earth: Contemporary Paganism

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Hurst, 1997 - Earth - 250 pages
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The Pagan tradition celebrates the physical nature of life on earth, blending science with spiritual folklore. Seasonal festivals are combined with the rediscovery of shamanic techniques and an emphasis on grounded empiricism. Considering the everyday world of food, health, sex, work, and leisure to be sacred, Pagans oppose threats to 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. In Listening People, Speaking Earth, Graham Harvey presents a broad-based introduction to the main trends of contemporary Paganism, revealing the origins and practical aspects of Druidry, Witchcraft. Heathenism, Goddess Spirituality and Magic, Shamanism, and Geomancy among others. Making use of both traditional history and the movement's more imaginative sources, the book reveals how Paganism and its central focus on individual and social life is evolving and how this new religion perceives and relates to more traditional ones.

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GRAHAM HARVEY is Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at King Alfred's College, Winchester, England.

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