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The oral and written heritage of the world's oldest new religion|
A Pagan Testament
Author: Brendan Myers
Publisher: O Books / John Hunt Publishing Co., England
Category: history, mythology, literature Level: Advanced
Pagans often claim that their spiritual inspiration comes not from a written scripture but from personal experience and original creativity. While this is true, there are also many written works which constitute Paganism's "testament", or its central literary expressions of spiritual identity. Some of them are thousands of years old, such as the Descent of Ishtar, and the Homeric Hymn to Demeter. Others are more recent, such as the Charge of the Goddess. These written works have not been brought together, in the same book, since the movement began.
"A Pagan Testament" collects these original works, along with the poetry and prose that inspired the founders of Paganism when it all began. It also includes material of more recent origin, like the lyrics of ritual chant-songs, and the mottos and teachings of contemporary Pagan leaders. These together form something like the Pagan equivalent of the Biblical books of Psalms and Proverbs. They show that Paganism is continually growing and being contributed to. Finally, there are several chapters of original philosophical commentary and interpretation, and reflections on what the future of Paganism may be.
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Author's Notes: Many of you may remember the "Pagan Chant-Song Project" I undertook a while ago; it was mentioned right here on The Witch's Voice. This book includes the result of that survey: more than 100 wisdom-teachings, and more than 130 circle songs, contributed by almost two thousand people from twelve different countries around the world!
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