European Paganism

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Taylor & Francis, Jan 4, 2002 - Religion - 392 pages
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European Paganism provides a comprehensive and accessible overview of ancient pagan religions throughout the European continent.
Before there where Christians, the peoples of Europe were pagans. Were they bloodthirsty savages hanging human offerings from trees? Were they happy ecologists, valuing the unpolluted rivers and mountains? In European Paganism Ken Dowden outlines and analyses the diverse aspects of pagan ritual and culture from human sacrifice to pilgrimage lunar festivals and tree worship. It includes:
* a 'timelines' chart to aid with chronology
* many quotations from ancient and modern sources translated from the original language where necessary, to make them accessible
* a comprehensive bibliography and guide to further reading.

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Ken Dowden is Senior Lecturer in Classics at the University of Birmingham. He has written Death and the Maiden: Girl's Initiation Rites in Greek Mythology and The Uses of Greek Mythology, and researches in the areas of religion and the novel.

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