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« Reply #45: December 16, 2007, 04:25:07 pm »

...like never use glass dishes in ritual cause they're too modern?


Err...like, more modern than Wicca?
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« Reply #46: December 16, 2007, 04:53:42 pm »

Err...like, more modern than Wicca?

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« Reply #47: December 16, 2007, 04:55:21 pm »

Err...like, more modern than Wicca?

LMAO!! Grin
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« Reply #48: December 16, 2007, 07:24:43 pm »

At least she admitted it was a bit of bad research.

true. too many won't do that.
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« Reply #49: December 28, 2007, 04:03:56 pm »

true. too many won't do that.
The first book I bought on the topic of Wicca was by Scott Cunningham. I really enjoy his book.  I used to like Silver Raven Wolf and bought some her first two books but now I avoid her like the plague.
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« Reply #50: December 29, 2007, 11:56:26 pm »


And for every newbie too, who else should we avoid pertaining to books/online resources/stores?


If anyone is doing their Egyptian/Kemet research, stay away from anything translated by E.A. Wallis Budge--a lot of his translations are WAY off. Some of his research is cool, but he didn't really have a grasp of what he was actually reading.  Ellis is a better choice for the Book of Faring Forth By Day, even though she draws from Budge.

Daily Life of the Egyptian Gods by Dimitri Meeks and Christine Favard-Meeks is excellent, though.
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« Reply #51: December 30, 2007, 01:01:09 am »

Hey Thanks to everyone! I will take note.  Grin

Thanks again. If ya'll think of anyone else, just post.  Tongue
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« Reply #52: December 30, 2007, 01:17:03 am »

If anyone is doing their Egyptian/Kemet research, stay away from anything translated by E.A. Wallis Budge--a lot of his translations are WAY off. Some of his research is cool, but he didn't really have a grasp of what he was actually reading.  Ellis is a better choice for the Book of Faring Forth By Day, even though she draws from Budge.

Daily Life of the Egyptian Gods by Dimitri Meeks and Christine Favard-Meeks is excellent, though.

And I have to add my undying love for Henri Frankfort's Ancient Egyptian Religion: An Interpretation. The first I read that treated ancient beliefs as legitimate rather than simply a quaint collection of gods and goddesses.
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« Reply #53: January 26, 2008, 08:34:14 pm »

Err...like, more modern than Wicca?

Smiley  Nice one.
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I don't think anyone's mentioned him, but I'm wondering if Graham Harvey is any good?  I'm going to read his book, 'Listening People, Speaking Earth: Contemporary Paganism' in the interests of a complete overview.

I enjoyed 'Wicca' by Vivienne Crowley, which is the book I selected to learn about Wicca.  Next I picked up Cunningham's 'Solitary Practitioner' and I will agree with the poster from a few pages ago - I felt some of it was definate 'fluff'.  It bored me too and I stopped reading before the end.  I don't like doing that so it is proof that it really wasn't my cup of tea.  Perhaps I'll read something else by him though, as so many have sung his praises here.
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« Reply #54: January 26, 2008, 09:11:26 pm »

And I have to add my undying love for Henri Frankfort's Ancient Egyptian Religion: An Interpretation. The first I read that treated ancient beliefs as legitimate rather than simply a quaint collection of gods and goddesses.

Egyptian Religion by Seigfried Morenz does that as well. 

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« Reply #55: January 31, 2008, 04:15:29 pm »

Any good books etc, etc, etc? About any subject of Paganism?

I hate to just repeat what others have said, but I highly recommend Scott Cunningham's books. They are easy to read and down-to-earth. He explains things in a way that is completely un-condescending and easy to comprehend.
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« Reply #56: February 01, 2008, 07:03:22 am »


I don't think anyone's mentioned him, but I'm wondering if Graham Harvey is any good?  I'm going to read his book, 'Listening People, Speaking Earth: Contemporary Paganism' in the interests of a complete overview.


I think it is an okay book, giving a nice overview of many traditions. However, he interprets all the religions he examines in light of the nature religion paradigm, which clashes with the self-understanding that I have encountered among Asatruar and other Recons here. In light of that I would also recommend you read Margot Adler's Drawing Down the Moon (her older editions were Wicca-focused and Asatru-critical, but the newest is better in that regard, I think) and Ellen Evert Hopman's Being a Pagan (a collection of interviews with Neopagans of various stripes).

For a more academic view I also recommend Sarah Pike's Earthly Bodies, Magical Selves , though that is also Wiccish in focus. In fact, I am not aware of any books that focus solely on or even give precedence to Recon religions. I also wonder whether there can be such a thing as a complete overview for Pagan religions...

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« Reply #57: February 01, 2008, 06:13:52 pm »

I also wonder whether there can be such a thing as a complete overview for Pagan religions...
Not in the sense of "nothing left out", because, even if the research is so through and exhaustive that every new and tiny development is covered, somewhere in between when the book was researched and its publication date (which can be a year or two, what with writing and proofreading and printing and all) somebody is sure to have come up with some new idea, or new take on an older idea.  But that's not what "overview" means, anyway.

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« Reply #58: February 01, 2008, 07:01:34 pm »

In fact, I am not aware of any books that focus solely on or even give precedence to Recon religions.


Modern Paganism in World Cultures:  Comparative Perspectives (ed. Strmiska) is an excellent collection of essays -- by leading scholars of Neopagan religions such as Magliocco, Blain, and Strmiska himself -- on various Recon movements.  Wicca is also covered, by way of contrast.    The introduction is a *fantastic* layout of various theories and perspectives on  Neopagan religions.

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« Reply #59: February 01, 2008, 07:05:46 pm »

Modern Paganism in World Cultures:  Comparative Perspectives (ed. Strmiska) is an excellent collection of essays --

I've just added this o the list of books we need to request via Interlibrary loan.
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