Listening People, Speaking Earth

Contemporary Paganism

April 1997 9781850652724 261pp
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This work introduces the main movements and trends in paganism. Individual chapters focus on druidry, witchcraft, heathenism, goddess spirituality and magic. These are followed by discussions of shamanism and geomancy. Sources of inspiration are treated next: from real history to more imaginative or poetic phenomena. The book concludes with an exploration of the ecological activities, theologies and rites of passage of pagans.



‘Graham Harvey has written the best book yet published upon an important complex of contemporary religions, of which most people know only through hearsay and sensational journalism. His account is exciting, revealing, objective and just; the whole kaleidoscope of Paganism is here in all its vivid colours: witches, Druids, Odinists, eco-mystics and many others.’ — Ronald Hutton University of Bristol

‘As much as is humanly possible to do so, Harvey has managed to fit Paganism between two covers. . . . This exquisitely detailed book takes an in-depth look at many branches of modern Paganism, related customs and issues, beliefs, and history. It rivals classics like Drawing Down the Moon for coverage and clarity.’ — Hypatia’s Hoard


Graham Harvey is Professor of Religious Studies at the Open University and author of Listening People, Speaking Earth: Contemporary Paganism.

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