Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers,And Other Pagans in America Today Paperback – 27 Mar 1997
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Popular demand for this clear-sighted compendium of information about the rebirth of Pagan religion hasn't waned since its initial publication in 1979. Distinguished by the journalism of US National Public Radio columnist Margot Adler, Drawing Down the Moon explains this diverse and burgeoning religion's philosophies and activities while dispelling stereotypes that have long been associated with it. Most people don't realise that "pagan" simply refers to pre-Christian polytheistic nature religions such as the various Native American creeds, Japanese Shinto, Celtic Druidry and Western European Wicca. Originally, the word pagan meant "country dweller" and was a derogatory term in third-century Rome, not unlike calling someone a "hick" today. If you find yourself feeling queasy when you hear the words witch or pagan, a healthy dose of re-education via Drawing Down the Moon could be the cure. --P. Randall Cohan
Explores the current Neopagan movement in the United States through discussions with various groups whose rituals are inspired by ancient deities, visions from science fiction, or witchcraft.
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This book, Drawing Down The Moon, is different. Sure, it is boring, and sure, the author does sound like she's pagan herself, but she plays the role of an anthropologist, a folklorist, a historian. Adler will giver you a survey of paganism in America, and it will do so in secular, scholar manner. This is not a book about believing in paganism, it is a book about what pagans believe. If one is really serious about pagan studies, the book is really the start of it. Then you can move on to the more commercialized works, and make your own judgements on different author's version of paganism.