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Walking the Old Ways in a New World. Contemporary Paganism as Lived Religion

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The aim of the book is to present contemporary Paganism as a lived religion and to show how people engaged in re-creating or re-inventing ancient religious traditions, which were connected strongly with venerating Nature, live their lives in a technicized, modern society.

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Redaktor A. Anczyk, J. Malita-Król
Autor A. Anczyk, M. Banaś, C. M. Cusack, C. Filho, M. Harrington, U. R. Kleinhempel, G. Maiello, J. Malita-Król, Y. Schattevoet, R. Shizhenskiy, D. Wilson
Język angielski
Rok 2017
Oprawa miękka
Format 140x205mm
Strony 294
ISBN 978-83-938791-8-2

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The aim of the book is to present contemporary Paganism as a lived religion and to show how people engaged in re-creating or re-inventing ancient religious traditions, which were connected strongly with venerating Nature, live their lives in a technicized, modern society.  It consists of eleven chapters authored by researches in the field of Pagan studies from Poland, Australia, Brazil, Germany, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Russia. Australian Pagan festivals, Piaga Paganism of Brazil, Viking weddings, Pagan places of power in Franconia, Dutch Pagans and their relations with spirits, Pagan food in Russia, Pagan ritual fashion and funeral rites, contemporary witches’ accessories, and the reasons of becoming a male witch – are to be found amongst topics raised in this volume.

From the Introduction:

The concept of studying lived religion is an attempt of encompassing many various modes of being and ways of perceiving reality in a research perspective. In this approach there is an important shift in the perspective, from theoretical, sociological or philosophical reflection on the everyday and ways of being, to empirical studies and examining the life just-as-it-is – which remains to be the core of lived religion. It can be a study started from emic data, fieldwork, observation, interviews, and furtherly including the etic perspective, investigating which religious beliefs are maintained, reconstructed, reinvented or newly born. With this book we invite our Readers into the New World of research possibilities, which we will hopefully reach, by walking, alongside our Pagan respondents, on the Old Ways.