Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Pagan Family ValuesChildhood and the Religious Imagination in Contemporary American Paganism$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

S. Zohreh Kermani

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814769744

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814769744.001.0001

Show Summary Details

Crafting History

Crafting History

Chapter:
(p.25) 1 Crafting History
Source:
Pagan Family Values
Author(s):

S. Zohreh Kermani

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814769744.003.0002

This chapter explores the manifold and conflicting histories of contemporary Paganism and how these varied understandings both reflect and influence Pagans' understandings of their religion, along with the differing ways of approaching and understanding Pagan religion, parenting, childhood, and daily life. Three primary groups of Pagan families are central to this narrative: the families of Silverling Circle in New Hampshire, the families of Dragon Moon/Spiral Winds Coven in Texas, and the First Church of Wicca in Massachusetts. The chapter also presents four perspectives on the issue of Pagan identity in the United States: Paganism as a prehistoric indigenous religion, as an earth-based nature religion, as the heir to the esoteric and Mind Cure movements of the nineteenth century, and as an eclectic integration of beliefs and practices from globally non-Christian traditions.

Keywords:   contemporary Paganism, Pagan families, Silverling Circle, Dragon Moon/Spiral Winds Coven, First Church of Wicca, indigenous religion, nature religion, Mind Cure movements, non-Christian traditions

NYU Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.