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Chapter 7: Social and Charismatic Influences

February 5, 2013

From:  Introduction to Pagan Studies by Barbara Jane Davy

This is an abbreviated listing, with some biographical detail, of Who is Who in Paganism.  It really underlines that Pagans, in some respects, are no different from Christians in their “holier than thou” approach to doing things.

People who are discussed with some level detail:

  • Gerald Gardner
  • Doreen Valiente
  • Alex Sanders
  • Janet and Stewart Farrar
  • Raymond Buckland
  • Zsuzsanna (Z) Budapest
  • Starhawk
  • Isaac Bonewits
  • Scott Cunningham (the first book on Paganism that I read was by him)
  • Diana Paxson
2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 5, 2013 3:15 PM

    One thing I noticed with this list is that there is only one person who practices Norse Seidth. All the rest of these people are either CMs, Wiccans or other varieties of modern so-called “pagan” practices. Piscinus in the Religio Romana is very well versed in the public and private practices of the Roman religio. Robert Clark and others are also very knowledgeable about Hellenic/Hellenistic religion. I know they are ignoring the Egyptians; but, Detroit, Michigan, is a center of Kemetic devotion. I still think that there can be too much syncretism.


  2. February 5, 2013 3:47 PM

    Unfortunately, my my understanding of the numbers game, the number of “Wiccans” way out numbers any of the other “hearths” or the reconstructionist faiths. So studies tend to concentrate on them and footnote the rest of us. I did roll my eyes quite a lot during this chapter. I do not have a problem with syncretism but with Wicca being the definition of Pagan.


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