Never Again the Burning Times: Paganism Revived

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A fascinating scholarly look at witchcraft in American society! Why do some individuals in American society resort to the magical beliefs and practices of the occult while the majority do not? Contemporary witches say that witchcraft is a revival of a European Pre-Christian religion called Wicca. Practitioners of Wicca believe the world is alive, interconnected, and responsive to attempts to manipulate invisible, occult forces. These efforts constitute their magic, the "craft" of witchcraft. In the United States, Wicca has become the core of a collection of other pagan traditions, religions, and magical systems. This fascinating ethnography by an anthropologist explores contemporary witchcraft from the unusual perspective of self-identified witches and magicians. Readers have the opportunity to learn what kinds of individuals engage in radical thought movements such as this and view the ideas of witchcraft and magic from the vantage point of those who profess to be witches and practice magic. A description of the demographic characteristics of the group combined with an analysis of their complex belief system provides insight into the unusual behaviors shared by participants in this subculture within American society.

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Title of related interest from Waveland Press: Robinson, The Devil Discovered: Salem Witchcraft 1692 (ISBN 9781577661764).

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"Never Again the Burning Times presents a lively mix of first-person accounts, field research, interviews, and background literature. It offers fruitful ways of looking at Neopaganism for readers ranging from those encountering the movement for the first time in this book to those long-time observers." -- Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Vol. 35, No. 3, 1996

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