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This Month: Contemporary Pagans and the Search for Community

Earthly Bodies, Magical Selves Sarah Pike’s engrossing ethnography is the outcome of five years attending neo-pagan festivals, interviewing participants, and sometimes taking part in their ceremonies. Earthly Bodies, Magical Selves incorporates her personal experience and insightful scholarly work concerning ritual, sacred space, self-identity, and narrative. The result is a compelling portrait of this frequently misunderstood religious movement.

Earthly Bodies, Magical Selves explores larger issues in the United States regarding the postmodern self, utopian communities, cultural improvisation, and contemporary spirituality. Pike’s accessible writing style and her nonsensationalistic approach do much to demystify neo-paganism and its followers.

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