Earthly Bodies, Magical Selves: Contemporary Pagans and the Search for Community (review)

Earthly Bodies, Magical Selves: Contemporary Pagans and the Search for Community (review) Book Reviews discussions of the growing awareness of the international character of the genre. All readers interested in the field will certainly appreciate Brunvand's mastery of the topic, the cross-referenced entries, and the inclusion of directions for finding some of the contemporary legend materials available on the Internet. Although the Encyclopedia of Urban Legends is intended primarily as a reference work, its liveliness might make a useful undergraduate course textbook. Earthly Bodies, Magical Selves: Contemporary Pagans and the Search for Community. By Sarah M. Pike. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001. Pp. xxvi + 288, bibliography, index.) Samantha A. Meigs University of Indianapolis Earthly Bodies, Magical Selves is a fascinating study of the Neopagan movement in America, with particular reference to how contemporary pagans fashion their self-identity and form a sense of community through festivals, ritual observances, and shared symbols and history. Sarah M. Pike situates her ethnographic study within the analytical frameworks of several different disciplines, including folkloristics, religious studies, literary criticism, and gender analysis. The result is an impressive, far-ranging book that should be of interest to scholars in all of these areas. As folklorists have long recognized, festivals occupy an important role in the development http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of American Folklore American Folklore Society

Earthly Bodies, Magical Selves: Contemporary Pagans and the Search for Community (review)

Journal of American Folklore, Volume 116 (462) – Jul 11, 2003

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Book Reviews discussions of the growing awareness of the international character of the genre. All readers interested in the field will certainly appreciate Brunvand's mastery of the topic, the cross-referenced entries, and the inclusion of directions for finding some of the contemporary legend materials available on the Internet. Although the Encyclopedia of Urban Legends is intended primarily as a reference work, its liveliness might make a useful undergraduate course textbook. Earthly Bodies, Magical Selves: Contemporary Pagans and the Search for Community. By Sarah M. Pike. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001. Pp. xxvi + 288, bibliography, index.) Samantha A. Meigs University of Indianapolis Earthly Bodies, Magical Selves is a fascinating study of the Neopagan movement in America, with particular reference to how contemporary pagans fashion their self-identity and form a sense of community through festivals, ritual observances, and shared symbols and history. Sarah M. Pike situates her ethnographic study within the analytical frameworks of several different disciplines, including folkloristics, religious studies, literary criticism, and gender analysis. The result is an impressive, far-ranging book that should be of interest to scholars in all of these areas. As folklorists have long recognized, festivals occupy an important role in the development

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