Modern Paganism in World Cultures: Comparative Perspectives

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Michael Strmiska
ABC-CLIO, 2005 - Religion - 382 pages

Modern Paganism in World Cultures collects the work of specialists in religion, folklore, and related fields to provide a comprehensive treatment of the movement to reestablish pre-Christian religions. Detailed accounts of the belief systems and rituals of each religion, along with analysis of the cultural, social, and political factors fueling the return to ancestral religious practice, make this a rich, singular resource.

Scandinavian Asatru, Latvian Dievturi, American Wicca--long-dormant religions are taking on new life as people seek connection with their heritage and look for more satisfying approaches to the pressures of postmodernism. The Neopagan movement is a small but growing influence in Western culture. This book provides a map to these resurgent religions and an examination of the origins of the Neopagan movement.

 

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Page 5 - CCSL, 23 (Turnhout, 1962), pp. 420-21. That idols should be removed from private estates. Some days ago I admonished your charity, brethren, that, as religious and holy men, you should remove all pollution of idols from your properties and cast out the whole error of paganism from your fields. For it is not right that you, who have Christ in your hearts, should have Antichrist in your houses; that your men should honor the devil in his shrines while you pray to God in church. And let no one think...
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About the author (2005)

Michael F. Strmiska, Ph.D., is assistant professor of world history at Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT. He has published articles on Scandinavian mythology, the Asatru Pagan revival movement in Iceland, and the Romuva Pagan movement in Lithuania.

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