This is absolutely not an introduction to modern Paganism, and it really needed some additional editorial work It s a bit of a sandbox, a veritable jungle gym of anecdotal, philosophical, historical, and experiential essays laid open for a reader s exploration and play Unfortunately, the quality of the equipment in this playground varies wildly there are creaking, loose jointed articles in here than strong ones, there are probably swings than a single park needs, and my metaphor is getting out of hand now, so I ll move on to some substance This text really, really needed an introduction by the editor I needed a signpost, an indication of the overall goal or purpose of this text Is this an introductory text, or as Moon Books puts it, an essential primer to modern Paganism I would argue that if this is the goal of the text, this goal has not been achieved This collection also would have been vastly improved by a brief introductory paragraph to each article by the editor, outlining who this contributor is, what they call their practice, and the purpose or source of the article Without these introductions, this text is incredibly inaccessible, particularly to readers not already familiar with the material and contributors Even within each Section, I have not found the articles to be very cohesive in tone, style, coverage, purpose, or focus I wish there had been some collaboration between the contributors, or at least some communication as to who would be contributing what to the collection to ensure broad coverage of topics and prevent overlap for example, instead of multiple refrains of druidic history is murky because of oral histories and Roman propaganda, etc , the Druid section contributors could have gotten together to agree on only one or two contributors who would focus on agreed upon historical sources of the descriptions of druids instead of a smattering of citations in multiple articles to the exact same passages in Julius Caesar s The Conquest of Gaul That could allow other contributors to discuss less redundant topics, broadening the scope a bit Instead, we have a collection of articles that do not feel like pieces of a single polished collection, and that instead seem to have been self selected by their contributors, each of whom had a slightly different understanding of what the collection would be.For most of this text, I was forced to wonder if a call had gone out to all of the most prominent pagan bloggers, asking Send me your pieces that address modern paganism in the context of modern technology, and each blogger did term searches of their work for words like modern or internet The references to technology vary wildly while one article discussed technology in terms of its effect on the uniquely druidic practice of seeking mastery of certain traditional skills i.e., that modern druidry is necessarily informed by changing technology and increased ease of scholarly research , the only modern theme in another article about the legitimacy of Geoffrey of Monmouth s The History of the Kings of Britain as a historical mythical text is a reference to a heated argument about this text between online historians on an internet forum I hate to nit pick, but as an editor, it was also hard for me to overlook the relatively poor proofreading at least for the e book that reinforced an impression that I was basically clicking my way through the online pagan community There were certainly some spectacular stand out articles, but they were only helpful in isolation, and not as part of a cohesive collection I did not read every article in this book, and I would not recommend it as any form of introductory text However, since it is so cheap as an e book, I would not discourage anyone from picking it up to peruse For the cost of 0.99 and a little skimming time, you might find something of value for you. Excellent review of the state of the art in paganism but I m biased because I wrote something for it. Interesting scope, mixed quality contributionsThis is a collection of short essays, both original or relating to some of the authors work published elsewhere It s a reasonable way to get a feel for a cross section of approaches or experiences with a few main types of pagan spirituality, from shamanism to druidery to goddess focused beliefs While most chapters are well written and argued, this is not the case for all In particular, a chapter on reforestation makes the argument that all deserts are man made throughout history This is a gross misrepresentation of the loss of historic forest in some regions over Millenia due to shifts in climate, directly related to shifts in latitude The chapter focuses initially on Australian loss of vegetation in the red centre and blames it on indigenous fire based land practices This fails to recognise the mosaic of approaches used by indigenous Australians through time, but worse, aligns correlated events of settlement and non linked geographic changes that resulted in lower rainfall and chooses to blame anthropogenic effects only It s very very poor science, and I would genuinely hope druids make an effort to have a better understanding of broad scale ecological factors.While I agree that there is scope to work on our understanding and feelings regarding actions of our ancestors and their impacts on the ecosystem as part of our spirituality, this approach is an overstep and overstatement To be clear Antarctica also was once covered in rainforest It no longer is This is unrelated to human exploration in the last century, given that it s been under ice for a bit longer than that Some screening into the accuracy and quality of verifiable statements should have been made. Have to agree with some of the other reviewers Rather than an introduction primer, it s a collection of disjointed excerpts and articles which vary in quality I m sure it d be of some use to those who might be quote mining, but I didn t enjoy it much. Very good insight into a pagan lifestyleAs somebody new to paganism I was looking for a book that showed many views to help shape my views and it certainly done that. An informative anthology of essays, with a breadth of topics. With Fifty Nine Contributions From Over Forty Authors, IPagan Is An Anthology That Covers Druidry, Shamanism, Witchcraft, Goddess Spirituality And A Range Of Contemporary Issues That Affect Pagans Across The Globe The Book Is An Ideal Introduction To The Writing Of Each Of The Authors As Well As An Essential Primer For Anyone Interested In Modern Paganism And For Those Wishing To Engage In Current Pagan Thinking
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- 04 October 2018 Trevor Greenfield