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Pagan Pathways: A Complete Guide to the Ancient Earth Traditions Paperback – 2 Jan 2001

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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Thorsons; New edition edition (2 Jan. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000710698X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007106981
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 798,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am Reader in Religious Studies at the Open University, UK. My publications are based on research (or "hanging out with") Pagans, Jews, indigenous people and ... other people. I'm interested in various ways of understanding what "religion" is, does, means, etc. And right now I'm mostly interested in animism and the future of this little planet. My most recent book, Religions in Focus, brings together a really great team of people to write about religions as people actually live them. Its among the first and best properly Religious Studies books about religions.

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Whether you are a wiccan, a druid, or a shaman, or simply love and respect the planet as a living organism, this collection of essays from leading Pagans offers a fresh, insightful look into the many different paths open to pagans today.

Here is a wonderful celebration of the diversity of this ever-growing tradition, from its ancient roots to the modern eco-magic. A wide range of practising Pagans and academics reveal that there are shared basic principles at the heart of all the different paths, as well as exploring:

Paganism – is it an ancient tradition or a new religion?

The main magical groups – and how can you create a little magic in your life.

How to find harmony within your nature and the outer world through Wicca, Druidry and Shamanism.

Why the Goddess is such an important source of healing for modern women.

Charlotte Hardman and Graham Hervey, the editors of this collection, are both lecturers in religious studies at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

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Charlotte Hardman and Graham Harvey edited this collection. They are both lecturers in religious studies at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Vexen Crabtree on 13 Nov. 2002
Format: Paperback
Featuring prominent organisations and people across the wide spectrum of beliefs existing under the umbrella term of "Paganism" (ie: Wicca, neo Paganism, Druidism, Shamanism, and many more) the editors present a series of inspiring, knowledgable and informative essays on modern Paganism.
The opening essay is a detailed paper on the links between ancient religions and modern practices, it is both critical, hopeful and professional.
Although sometimes jargon-heavy (this book is a professional comparative religion study) it is an ideal introduction for those wanting a general introduction to the multiple aspects of Paganism and the issues it faces.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
We really need more books like this 17 Sept. 2004
By Lynna Landstreet - Published on
Format: Paperback
I can't tell you how refreshing it was to come across this book - there is such a lack of scholarly writing on modern paganism! This anthology grew out of a conference bringing together both academics studying neopaganism and magic, and practitioners, and has an excellent balance of both in-depth scholarly analysis and an insider perspective - or several considering the diversity of the contributors.

I know it will probably draw the ire of those who expect all pagan books to be dumbed down to a remedial-reading level - and it appears it already has, looking at at least one of the reviews already submitted - but for educated and literate pagans, works like this are a godsend, and I hope to see many more of them in the future.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Steven H Propp - Published on
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At the time this book was published in 1996, Graham Harvey and Charlotte Hardman were both lecturers in religious studies at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Graham Harvey has also written Contemporary Paganism: Listening People, Speaking Earth and Animism: Respecting the Living World, and Charlotte Hardman has also written Other Worlds: Notions of Self and Emotion among the Lohorung Rai (Explorations in Anthropology).

Here are some quotations from the book:

"A Pagan religion has three characteristics. It is polytheistic, recognizing a plurality of divine beings... It sees the material world and its laws ... as a theophany, a manifestation of divinity... Finally, Pagan religions recognize the female face of divinity, called by modern Pagans the Goddess." (Pg. 34)
"Some modern Pagans even call their way the path of 'individually experienced religion.'" (Pg. 37)
"...most modern Pagans claim Celtic origins for their tradition..." (Pg. 49)
"Some other Heathen groups have expressed concern (and considerable opposition) to Edred Thorsson (at least partly) because of his status as a leading member of the Temple of Set, a 'Satanist' organization." (Pg. 58)
"The role of women is important in all modern Pagan traditions. Women are usually seen as essential in the priesthood." (Pg. 84)
"Paganism is not so much a set of beliefs as a way of relating to the world." (Pg. 153)
"Pagans tend to associate New Age with the marketing of spirituality but there is undoubtedly a commodification angle to the current pagan Celtic scene." (Pg. 249)
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Things you need to know 1 May 2002
By Sheherazahde - Published on
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The first thing you need to know is that this is a re-release of "Paganism Today", by Charlotte Hardman and Graham Harvey, that was originally released in 1996. (the copyright says 1995 but Graham Harvey refers to it in his Bibliogaphy as 1996) That is what they mean by "new edition". This is the second time I have stumbled across a book that has been re-released with a different title and no revisions. Watch out for this problem with other titles by favorite authors. It may be related to changes in the tax laws for publishers.
The second thing you need to know is that this is a collection of scholarly articles by scholars for scholars. Graham Harvey is Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at King Alfred College, England. In America we would call him a Professor. This book was written at the college level not the 6th grade level of most popular books.
I recommend this book for anyone interested in studying Paganism at the college level.
3 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Oh no! 25 April 2002
By Nicole Yokich - Published on
Format: Paperback
Oh no! Why did I buy this? So miserably written I couldn't manage to get through the second chapter. I put it down forever. I'm so sure there's information in this book, but I couldn't decode the language it was written in. Is this English? Miserable. Wordiness out the wazoo. Do people really talk like this? So incredibly verbose that you swear these people just like to prove they can use "big words" and as a bonus, hear themselves talk. I only gave it 2 stars because there could be information in it that I just couldn't get to.
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