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About Reconstructionist Traditions
Reconstructionist Traditions are any group of Pagans who are attempting to practice a pre-Christian tradition in a like manner to ancient people. Many of these practitioners are conscious of the gap in time and worldview between themselves and ancient practitioners, and therefore serious research is involved in being a Reconstructionist Pagan. There are Reconstructionist movements for pre-Christian cultures all over the globe, but this guide highlights the most common varieties.
Recommended Introductory Books
Old Stones, New Temples by
Call Number: BP605.N46 C35 2000
Publication Date: 2000-09-01
An example of a comprehensive introduction to Hellenic Reconstructionist Paganism, with emphasis on scholarly sources. Includes annual rituals, life cycle events, polytheology, and ethics
American Heathens by
Publication Date: 2015-01-01
A social-scientific introduction to American Heathenism and Norse Reconstructionism.
Recommended Subject Headings for Further Research
Mythology and Folklore
Gods and Myths of Northern Europe by
Call Number: BL860 D36
Publication Date: 1965-01-30
An academic compilation of information regarding the deities and myths involved in ancient practice.
Magic in Ancient Egypt by
Call Number: BF1591 .P56 2009
Publication Date: 2010-03-01
This book examines the magical techniques, practitioners, surviving magical texts, and objects used in magic in ancient Egypt.
Organizations and Websites
The Kemetic Orthodox Religion
A website devoted to Egyptian Reconstructionism.
This Icelandic organization has recently made headlines by building and consecrating Iceland's first functioning temple to the Nordic gods in a millennium. (Page is in Icelandic)
This website, dedicated to Roman Reconstructionism, also contains information about Greek sources.
An organization for Greek Reconstructionism. Maintains a calendar of observances based on the Classical Attic calendar.