A Community of Witches Paperback
Contemporary Neo-Paganism and Witchcraft in the United States
by Helen A Berger;
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A Community of Witches
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Helen A. Berger's ten-year participant observation study of Neo-Pagans and Witches on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States and her collaboration on a national survey of Neo-Pagans form the basis for exploring the practices, structures, and transformation of this nascent religion. Responding to scholars who suggest that Neo-Paganism is merely a pseudo religion or a cultural movement because it lacks central authority and clear boundaries, Berger contends that Neo-Paganism has many of the characteristics that one would expect of a religion born in late modernity: the appropriation of rituals from other cultures, a view of the universe as a cosmic whole, an emphasis on creating and re-creating the self, an intertwining of the personal and the political, and a certain playfulness.
Aided by the Internet, self-published journals, and festivals and other gatherings, today's Neo-Pagans communicate with one another about social issues as well as ritual practices and magical rites. This community of interest--along with the aging of the original participants and the growing number of children born to Neo-Pagan families--is resulting in Neo-Paganism developing some of the marks of a mature and established religion.
A Community of Witches by Helen A Berger was published by University of South Carolina Press in July 2013. The ISBN for A Community of Witches is 9781611173154.
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Details for A Community of Witches
|Page last updated||24th May 2017|
|Author / Artist||Helen A Berger|
|Book Format||Paperback / softback|
|Publisher||University of South Carolina Press (July 2013)|
|Number of Pages||168|