By Prudence Jones
The 1st entire examine of its variety, this absolutely illustrated publication establishes Paganism as a power strength in eu background with a profound effect on sleek thinking.
From the serpent goddesses of historic Crete to trendy nature-worship and the recovery of the indigenous religions of jap Europe, this wide-ranging publication bargains a profitable new standpoint of ecu history.
In this definitive examine, Prudence Jones and Nigel Pennick draw jointly the fragmented resources of Europe's local religions and identify the coherence and continuity of the Pagan global imaginative and prescient. Exploring Paganism because it constructed from the traditional international throughout the Celtic and Germanic sessions, the authors eventually appraise smooth Paganism and its obvious factors in addition to addressing feminist spirituality, the background circulation, nature-worship and `deep' ecology
This cutting edge and complete heritage of eu Paganism will offer a stimulating, trustworthy consultant to this renowned size of spiritual tradition for the tutorial and the final reader alike.
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