Witchcraft and Paganism in Australia

Witchcraft and Paganism in Australia

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This book contributes in a most original way to the growing literature on comparative religion and new religious movements. More specifically, it draws attention to a new religious movement. Neo-Paganism, or Paganism, is rapidly growing in membership throughout the Western world, and is gaining increasing interest throughout Australia. Using a multidisciplinary approach, Hume describes the emergence of a controversial worldview that has its roots in some ancient ideas but whose ideology is firmly rooted in the twentieth century. Hume poses some interesting questions- is Paganism a religion? What do its practitioners believe and do? What place does it have in a modern nation like Australia? What are its historical roots? Is it dangerous? Is it legal? How do people learn about it? Why is it adopted as a belief system? What is the emic viewpoint; the view from the believer s perspective? As an anthropological analysis of a social phenomenon, Witchcraft and Paganism in Australia is an intriguing and accessible study.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 139.7 x 215.9 x 12.7mm | 358.34g
  • Melbourne University Press
  • Carlton, Australia
  • English
  • 8pp halftones
  • 052284782X
  • 9780522847826

About Lynne Hume

Lynne Hume is a Queensland academic and writer.show more

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