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A community of witches : contemporary neo-paganism and witchcraft in the United States

Author: Helen A Berger
Publisher: Columbia, SC : University of South Carolina Press, ©1999.
Series: Studies in comparative religion (Columbia, S.C.)
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A Community of Witches explores the beliefs and practices of Neo-Paganism and Witchcraft - generally known to scholars and practitioners as Wicca. While the words "magic," "witchcraft," and "paganism" evoke images of the distant past and remote cultures, this book shows that Wicca has emerged as part of a new religious movement that reflects the era in which it developed. Imported to the United States in the late  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Helen A Berger
ISBN: 1570032467 9781570032462 9781611173154 1611173159
OCLC Number: 38936720
Description: xviii, 148 pages, [4] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: List of illustrations --
Editor's preface --
Preface --
Prologue to the tribe let there be children born --
Background --
The magical self --
The coven: perfect love, perfect trust --
A circle within a circle: the neo-pagan community --
The next generation --
The routinization of creativity --
Conclusion --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Series Title: Studies in comparative religion (Columbia, S.C.)
Responsibility: Helen A. Berger.

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Explores the beliefs and practices of Neo-Paganism and Witchcraft-generally known to scholars and practitioners as Wicca. While the words "magic", "witchcraft" and "paganism" evoke images of the  Read more...

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"Her account challenges those who view Wicca as ephemeral and unorganized. The book is an invaluable theoretical and descriptive account of Wicca."--Sociology of Religion "Berger's in-depth study Read more...

 
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