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A ground breaking book that explores the growing phenomenon of contemporary Pagans who practice alone|
Solitary Pagans: Contemporary Witches, Wiccans, and Others Who Practice Alone
Author: Helen A. Berger
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Category: Paganism Level: All
"Helen Berger has produced a first-rate study of the most important form of modern Paganism.”
— Ronald Hutton, University of Bristol
“This authoritative survey of contemporary Paganism combines sympathetic portrayal with rich new data. It highlights neglected themes like the importance of solitaries and eclectics. It will be the new reference point for anyone interested in this rapidly growing religious milieu.”
— Linda Woodhead, Lancaster University
“Berger’s formidable work provides important insight … Berger gives us the best available description of what is an often-hidden, misunderstood population…Solitary Pagans is an outstanding resource, not only for Pagan scholars, but also for Pagan and interfaith seminarians, chaplains and spiritual care workers.”
— Holli Emore, Cherry Hill Seminary
“Solitary Pagans … reports on Berger’s impeccable and detailed “The Pagan Census Revisited” and her cogent analysis in accessible and beautifully written prose. This book should be owned and read by scholars of religions in America, new religions studies, and contemporary Pagan studies. It needs to be in every university and college library.”
— Catherine Wessinger, Loyola University
“No one has done more than Helen Berger to provide statistical evidence for the most significant trends in twenty-first century Paganism and sensitive portraits of individual Pagans’ lives. Solitary Pagans offers a compelling argument that from voting to recycling, these solitary religious practitioners, instead of being civically disengaged, are more politically active than the average American.”
— Sarah M. Pike, author of Earthly Bodies, Magical Selves: Contemporary Pagans and the Search for Community
Solitary Pagans is the first book to explore the growing phenomenon of contemporary Pagans who practice alone. Berger describes solitary practitioners demographically and explores their spiritual practices, level of social engagement, and political activities. Contrasting the solitary Pagans with those who practice in groups and more generally with other non-Pagan Americans, she also compares contemporary U.S. Pagans with those in the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada. Berger brings to light the new face of contemporary paganism by analyzing those who learn about the religion from books or the Internet and conduct rituals alone in their gardens, the woods, or their homes. Berger posits the implications of her findings to reveal a better understanding of other metaphysical religions and those who shun traditional religious organizations.
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