The Modern Pagan: How to live a natural lifestyle in the 21st Century

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Random House, May 31, 2011 - Religion - 432 pages
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Paganism means living in harmony with nature and respecting all that nature has to offer. It is a sustainable way of life that has existed in the British Isles for thousands of years and that has survived secretly among scattered households throughout the UK. Although it is not a religious path (true pagans do not worship deities), paganism will appeal to anyone who cares about the environment, who is interested in maintaining an organic lifestyle or who believes in respecting their roots whilst catering for the future. Paganism may be thousands of years old, but it is particularly suited to meeting our twenty-first century concerns.

In The Modern Pagan, Brian Day explains how to live in a way that honours the land and its inhabitants. There is advice on celebrating seasonal festivals, on cultivating a true pagan garden, on creating delicious food and drink from hedgerow fare, on herbal medicine, on the importance of pagan parenting and family values, on living in harmony without prejudice and discrimination and much more. The core principles of Modern Paganism will make sense to anyone who is tired of the hustle and bustle of our polluted lifestyles, and who is looking for a way to live that is in balance with our fellow human beings and the natural world.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
THE ROOTS OF TRADITIONAL PAGANISM
15
THE LEGACY OF PAGANISM PAST
28
HOW PAGANISM ASA FOLKCULTURE WAS NEARLY LOST
70
PARI
105
GARDEN FARMAND COUNTRYSIDE
133
FOOD DIET AND HEALTH
193
PAGAN HEALTHYSELF
249
THE EXTENDED FAMLY
301
UPBRINGING AND EDUCATION
345
FOLKWAYS IN A TECHNOLOGICAL AGE
381
IN CONCLUSION
397
index
413

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Brian Day was brought up near Nottingham and acquired, from his family, an early interest in folk traditions, herbalism, music and linguistics, which led to a lifetime of study of the folk culture of the British Isles. With degrees in chemistry, biochemistry and computing, Brian has enjoyed a career as an international educational consultant, university lecturer and computer analyst. He has written and lectured extensively on folk culture and is a keen singer of folk, operatic and choral music, having discovered and transcribed several 'lost' English traditional carols. He is the author of The Celtic Calendar.

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