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Earthly Bodies, Magical Selves Contemporary Pagans and the Search for Community

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ISBN-10: 0520220862

ISBN-13: 9780520220867

Edition: 2010

Authors: Sarah M. Pike

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Recent decades have seen a revival of paganism, and every summer people gather across the United States to celebrate this increasingly popular religion. Sarah Pike's engrossing ethnography is the outcome of five years attending neo-pagan festivals, interviewing participants, and sometimes taking part in their ceremonies.Earthly Bodies, Magical Selvesincorporates her personal experience and insightful scholarly work concerning ritual, sacred space, self-identity, and narrative. The result is a compelling portrait of this frequently misunderstood religious movement. Neo-paganism began emerging as a new religious movement in the late 1960s. In addition to bringing together followers for…    
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Book details

List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 1/24/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 314
Size: 0.60" wide x 0.90" long x 0.08" tall
Weight: 1.100

Sarah M. Pike is associate professor of religious studies at California State University in Chico.

List of Figures
Introduction: We Cast Our Circles Where the Earth Mother Meets the Sky Father
Driving into Fairie: Place Myths and Neopagan Festivals
Shrines of Flame and Silence: Mapping the Festival Site
The Great Evil That Is in Your Backyard: Festival Neighbors and Satanism Rumors
Blood That Matters: Neopagan Borrowing
Children of the Devil or Gifted in Magic? The Work of Memory in Neopagan Narrative
Serious Playing with the Self: Gender and Eroticism at the Festival Fire
Conclusion: The Circle Is Open but Never Broken