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The Encyclopedia of Modern Witchcraft and Neo-paganism [Hardcover]

Shelley Rabinovitch , James Lewis
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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Citadel Press; 1st Edition edition (4 Jan 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806524065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806524061
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 19.2 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,255,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Here is an indispensable tool for anyone wanting to learn about the history, rituals and major figures both past and present of non-traditional religions. Organised alphabetically and designed to be both clear and comprehensive, this book provides definitions and detailed entries on a wide range of subjects, including Witchcraft, Shamanism, Gaia Theory, Wiccan holidays, and much more besides. Also included are a number of essays, written by contemporary authorities, on the increase of cultural interest in magic, which has been manifested most recently in the phenomenon of "Potter-mania". Vast in scope, this authoritative and well-researched volume will become and invaluable resource not only to Wiccan and Pagan practitioners, but to anyone with an interest in history, religion or the occult.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Encyclopedic Diversity 19 Jan 2003
Format:Hardcover
The encyclopedic format for collecting information on Paganism has become popular as of late by authors in the genre and each one has a different flavor and reflects another segment of the Pagan population.
This encyclopedia focuses on Modern Witchcraft and Neo- Paganism and presents the information in "essay" format by some well known contributors. When you read the names John Belham-Payne, Chas Clifton, Judy Harrow, Starhawk and M. Macha Nightmare, to mention a few, you expect a diverse and well rounded source of information. And that is exactly what Ms. Rabinovitch and Mr. Lewis has given us.
History, both ancient and modern, is presented along with well known persons within the community and various groups and associations from both England and America. Tools, holidays, traditions, and other topics about paganism and witchcraft are well researched, professionally presented and a pleasure to read.
My only regret was that this book is not indexed. While there is a wonderfully detailed bibliography and contributors list, there is no way to pick just one topic and look it up other than by leafing through the book. Maybe in reprint they will index this book and make it a better tool for reference. Illustrations are kept to a minimum, so the value in this book is the commentaries and the knowledge base of the writers and contributors.
The diversity of viewpoints from well known movers and shakers within our community makes this book interesting and a basis for many good conversations. Well written, clean presentation and professional in its content while being a delight to read make this a keeper on your library shelf.
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