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Her Hidden Children: The Rise of Wicca and Paganism in America

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The history of any religious movement can get murky. But the history of American Paganism with so many invented lineages, so many solitary practitioners, so much resistance to staid definition, so much hiddenness is especially hard to decipher. But here in Her Hidden Children Chas Clifton tells many never-before-told stories of the origins of Paganism and Wicca in the Unit ...more
Paperback, 191 pages
Published June 8th 2006 by Altamira Press
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As I read through this book, I have been unable to put it down as it recounts the history of modern Neo-Paganism in America. Clifton does a wonderful job at cutting through the camouflage that has long surrounded the Pagan community. Between false histories, poor scholarship, and an engaging mythic history, the Pagan community has grown and evolved. The "older" traditions that are lineage based often have only some semblance to the modern revival that has been immensely successful at meeting the ...more
I picked this book up because, quite frankly, I don't read enough Pagan scholarship. I'm still looking for that perfect book that can describe my beliefs and not make me sound like a nutcase to my scientifically minded friends, but alas, in this, Prof. Clifton cannot provide me.

However, there is a lot worth considering here, especially in relation to American Paganism. I don't think I had ever truly considered that Atlantic divide prior to this book. Divide is probably a strong word, but at any
I learned so much from this book. I used it for a summer class, but I'm glad my teacher selected it, because it covers many of the categories of Paganism, and it is very detailed on history. A interesting, informative read.
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