Modern Pagans: An Investigation of Contemporary Pagan Practices
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Modern Pagans: An Investigation of Contemporary Pagan Practices

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This is the most uncensored, comprehensive guide to Pagans around the world today. Dozens of interviews cover a wide range of Pagan practices, from witchcraft, Northern tradition, santeria, shamanism, Druids, Goddess worshippers and more. The book covers important topics such as child raising, living arrangements, sexuality (lots of that), music, and bereavement (death), a...more
Paperback, 212 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Re/Search Publications
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Mar 07, 2008 Eli rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: pagans, especially new ones exploring different paths
I had great hopes for this book. No dogma, no grocery lists of spell components and magical correspondences; just real Pagans talking freely about what they believe and how they practice. I knew going in that I would disagree with a lot of the statements, but at least they would be honest statements. I hadn't considered how far afield interviewer bias can push an interview. These interviewers, especially Vale, were far more interested in talking about how Paganism is opposed to Christianity than...more
Jun 14, 2007 Happydog rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: comparative religion fans
Interesting overview of paganism, circa early 2000's or so. Interviews with everyone, including aggravating posers, complete airheads, and thoughtful scholarly types - and all points in between. In a sense it makes a good companion text to Margot Adler's "Drawing Down the Moon," although both are now a bit outdated. Still, the authors of "Modern Pagans" made a good try and got commentary and insight from many major pagans - some that were at the time and some that became so later. The basic focu...more
Tales of spiritual journeys fascinate me.
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Japanese-American writer and publisher. He also played keyboards for the later famous power trio Blue Cheer.

In 1977 he started to publish the punk fanzine "Search and destroy" In 1980, he began publication of RE/Search, a tabloid format zine focusing on various counterculture and underground topics.

RE/Search later became always a format for books, of which Vale is a regular contributor.
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