Witchcraft and Paganism In Australia

Lynne Hume
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Witchcraft and Paganism In Australia

Published

12 October 1993

ISBN

9780522847826

Weight

318g

Size

215mm x 140mm

Imprint

Melbourne University Press

Witchcraft and Paganism In Australia

Lynne Hume
An absorbing anthropological study that examines paganism as a case study of religious difference and its place in modern society.
This book contributes in a most original way to the growing literature on comparative religion and new religious movements. More specifically, it draws attention to a new religious movement.
Neo-Paganism, or Paganism, is rapidly growing in membership throughout the Western world, and is gaining increasing interest throughout Australia. Using a multidisciplinary approach, Hume describes the emergence of a controversial worldview that has its roots in some ancient ideas but whose ideology is firmly rooted in the twentieth century.
Hume poses some interesting questions: is Paganism a religion? What do its practitioners believe and do? What place does it have in a modern nation like Australia? What are its historical roots? Is it dangerous? Is it legal? How do people learn about it? Why is it adopted as a belief system? What is the emic viewpoint; the view from the believer's perspective?
As an anthropological analysis of a social phenomenon, Witchcraft and Paganism in Australia is an intriguing and accessible study.
This book contributes in a most original way to the growing literature on comparative religion and new religious movements. More specifically, it draws attention to a new religious movement.
Neo-Paganism, or Paganism, is rapidly growing in membership throughout the Western world, and is gaining increasing interest throughout Australia. Using a multidisciplinary approach, Hume describes the emergence of a controversial worldview that has its roots in some ancient ideas but whose ideology is firmly rooted in the twentieth century.
Hume poses some interesting questions: is Paganism a religion? What do its practitioners believe and do? What place does it have in a modern nation like Australia? What are its historical roots? Is it dangerous? Is it legal? How do people learn about it? Why is it adopted as a belief system? What is the emic viewpoint; the view from the believer's perspective?
As an anthropological analysis of a social phenomenon, Witchcraft and Paganism in Australia is an intriguing and accessible study.

About the author

Dr Lynne Hume has a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Queensland and is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Studies in Religion at the University of Queensland. She is the author of Witchcraft and Paganism in Australia (MUP 1997).

About Lynne Hume

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