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Yes! I am still alive and posting after all! haha

I wanted to ask if anyone could recommend any reading material for someone relatively new to paganism?

 

Thanks in advance!

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oooh blimey... You're as likely to get recommendations for a "not-reading-list"... there is a lot of guff out there... :-) and Paganism is a broad church

 

I'll start with Animism: Respecting the Living World by Graham Harvey... it isn't about a specific pagan path as such but about something that has underpinned many paganisms since time immemorial... it can get a bit dry (I have a feeling he dumped his master's thesis into the book :) ) but worth the read

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If you use the search function you'll find several threads answering more or less the same question, but one which crops up in just about every thread is:

 

Pagan paths : Pete Jennings

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I'd recommend "Pagan Paths" too! If you want something more specific for a path, use the "Search" facility at the top right hand corner of the page and see what comes up in the existing threads!

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I'd second 'Animism' by Harvey as well as 'Listening People Speaking Earth'. To the list I'd also add 'Introduction to Pagan Studies' by Barbara Jane Davy,'The Paganism reader' eds. Clifton and Harvey, 'The Other Side of Virtue' by Brendan Myers and Ronald Hutton in general.

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