Author: D. J. Conway
Trade Paperback, 259 pages
Publication date: September 1996
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This review is not an easy one to write.
D.J. Conway doesn't have a very good rep amongst the serious
Pagan scholars. Too many of her books either skim over things or
seem like she does a global search and replace for the religion
flavor of the month. So I went into reading this book with a
suspicious state of mind.
I was still feeling suspicious when I finished. I found the
stories and selections interesting. I liked having the footnotes
at the end of each chapter that gives me the sources, allowing me
the option of digging deeper into the subject. I thought her
so-called ritual chapter was laughable, but that is not a major
I didn't find any problems with the book. But it was a Conway
book. Talk about conflicts.
Personally, I think it is a good 'put on the shelf and pull out
when needed' book. I would never put it on a primary list of
books for my students since I would rather that they read some of
the source material, nevertheless, it is nice to have for
reference. If you have the money and no other book catches your
fancy, then this one can be useful.
Reviewed by Elspeth
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