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« Reply #8: December 04, 2007, 09:13:57 am »

Margot Adler, author of Drawing Down the Moon, has quite a few historical fallacies. For instance, she says Wicca has been a religion that can be dated back to neolithic times, back to witch cults of Medieval Europe, when Wicca as we know it came about directly from Gerald Gardner, drawing on other pagan religions. Otherwise, she's not too bad.
I'm just reading it. My first book about Paganism (apart from Tarot books and 101 animal guides). I didn't have the impression that she said that exactly. She tells about Gardner and the Golden Dawn. She might say a lot that some aspects of Wicca like Goddess worship have relations to neolithic times, but I don't find it simplifying. She also informs that Graves 'White Goddess' wasn't meant as a history book. So if she's historically incorrect, I'm not getting where.  Huh
Or are we talking of different editions? There's an updated one from 2006 (Penguin books).

What may be a bit simplifying is when she says things like most Pagans were more open minded and creative than the average culture because monotheism hasn't restricted their minds to only one level of understanding or way to see things.
I'm not saying she's completly wrong, but it's a point you could argue.

I really like the book, it's well written and it has a spark from her personal involvement into Paganism and the eco-movement.
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