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Neo-paganism: ritual forged by the Burning Times

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Title: Neo-paganism: ritual forged by the Burning Times
Author: Spencer, Linda
Date: 2012-01-10
Publisher: University of Missouri--Kansas City
Abstract: The Burning Times has been of interest to both scholars and practitioners alike over the past few decades. The interest typically focuses on those that died and the discrepancy of the number of those who perished. While the historical and sociological aspects of the Burning Times are fascinating, when the analytical lens is shifted to examine how the Burning Times affect present-day practitioners, it proves to be just as fascinating and much more subtle. Paganism's practitioners greet the Burning Times with a sense of ambivalence. The Burning Times balances between being meaningful and meaningless. The Burning Times can be understood through legitimacy, myth, and space and time through two means. First, it can be seen, through Ritual practice within Pagan covens. Second, the Burning Times can be seen when Pagans make the decision whether to be “out” or closeted. Throughout both of these areas of study, the element of ambivalence can be seen.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10355/12443

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