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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Neo-paganism: Ritual and life forged by the Burning Times
by Spencer, Linda, M.A., University of Missouri - Kansas City, 2012, 136; 1503908
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Jackson, Shannon
Commitee: Breytspraak, Linda, Holsinger, Alex
School: University of Missouri - Kansas City
Department: Sociology
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: MAI 50/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion, Folklore, Sociology
Keywords: Burning times, Paganism, Persecution, Witchcraft
Publication Number: 1503908
ISBN: 978-1-267-11155-5
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