Saturday, January 2, 2010

Book Review: Modern Paganism in World Cultures

Here looks to be an interesting if not somewhat expensive book coming out. The title is Modern Paganism in World Cultures: Comparative Perspectives, and it is a compilation of essays edited by Michael Strmiska.  The price of the book lists on Amazon at just over $62.00 - hardcover.  One of the contributors is Professor Sabina Magliocco who I believe is a COG member.  Here is what the reviewer has to say over at Blogtrotter:

"A topic widely misunderstood, here explained mostly by insiders who are scholars, this collects essays on European-American revivals, reinventions, and reimaginings of ethnically based, traditionally rooted, and nature-based polytheistic practices. Although aimed at the scholarly audience-- for all eight chapters come heavily documented and occasionally sound more like lectures than articles-- it's an accessible collection. The subject's a new one; before the 1960s counterculture, few had known of seekers who shared ambivalence to the dominant "Abrahamic" faiths and who, common with neo-pagans, found their inner dissatisfaction with common religions shared by a few dissenters and visionaries. The past couple of decades, despite the "satanic panic" of the late 80s & early 90s, a growing number have come out of what the U.S. military contributor, Stephanie Urquhart, calls "the broom closet." ...(Cont)...