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About Pagan Studies
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Popular Resources for Pagan Studies
The study of Paganism is relatively new in the academic world. We try to keep abreast of new scholarly publications and other resources, but in many ways some of the best resources for studying modern Paganism are places where modern Paganism is actively developing as a collection of lived religions, like blogs and other websites. The materials in the following links are usually not peer-reviewed, although they are often written by practitioners with advanced or terminal degrees in ministry, religion, psychology, history, literature, anthropology, and many other fields.
Several of the tabs above also contain links to websites and organizations that serve more specific populations in the Pagan community.
The Wild Hunt
A daily news blog/journal that focuses on the concerns of modern Pagans. It covers topics in politics, culture, literature, history, and scholarship.
Patheos Pagan Channel
Patheos is a platform that hosts blogs and other content for a wide range of religious and spiritual practices. The Pagan channel is home to some of the major bloggers and activists of the Neo-Pagan movement, such as John Beckett, Morgan Daimler, and Peter Dybing.
Modern Paganism is highly decentralized. However, there are a few organizations and institutions that are widely recognized by Pagans of many paths.
Pagan Studies: Recommended Introductory Books
Modern Paganism in World Cultures by
Call Number: BP605.N46 M63 2005
Publication Date: 2005-12-12
Compares a variety of Pagan identies: Italian American Stregheria and Wicca; Druidry in contemporary Ireland; Asatru in Iceland and America; Heathenry in Britain; The revival of Ukrainian native faith; Romuva in Lithuania and America; and Paganism in the U.S. military.
Contemporary Paganism by
Call Number: BP605.N46 H37 2011
Publication Date: 2011-02-07
Presents a broad-based introduction to the main trends of contemporary Paganism, revealing the origins and practical aspects of Druidry, Witchcraft, Goddess Spirituality and Magic, Shamanism, and Geomancy, among others.
Introduction to Pagan Studies by
Call Number: BP605.N46 D38 2007
Publication Date: 2006-10-27
A text on the academic study of contemporary Wicca and Paganism throughout the world. Includes: beliefs, social organization, individual and family practices, group practices, myths and historical origins, literary origins and influences, social and charismatic influences, denominations, ethics and politics, current issues, and research in pagan studies.
A Pagan Testament by
Call Number: BP605.N46 M94 2008
Publication Date: 2008-12-15
A collection of texts influential on the development of the Pagan community. These texts are used and or valued for spiritual significance by many Pagan groups.
Important Scholarly Articles
Pagan Studies: Subject Headings for Further Research on General Paganism