1. Introduction 2. The Greeks and the Easterm Mediterranean 3. Rome and the Western Mediterranean 4. The Roman Empire 5. The Celtic World 6. The Later Celts 7. The Germanic Peoples 8. Late Germanic Religion 9. The Baltic Lands 10. Russia and the Balkans 11. Paganism Reaffirmed. Bibliography
Prudence Jones is a former president of the Pagan Federation and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She is the co-editor of Voices from the Circle: the Heritage of Western Paganism (1990) and the author of Creative Astrology (2000). Nigel Pennick is a writer, illustrator and lecturer on ancient and modern mysteries. His publications include The Pagan Source Book (1992) and Sacred Geometry (1994)
This ambitious work endeavors to demonstrate how the indigenous spiritual traditions of Europe were not wiped out by various invaders but in fact constitute a kind of hidden history of Europe. Jones (Voices of the Circle: The Heritage of Western Paganism, Aquarian Bks., 1990) and Pennick (The Celtic Oracle, Aquarian Bks., 1992) wish to show how the various invaders of Europe adapted aspects of the pagan religions already in existence to fit within the framework of their own. All over Europe are found sacred groves and shrines to deities that were not a part of current religion before its arrival in the area. The authors assert that the original pagan religions of Europe were polytheistic and had goddess and nature elements (without the Fall) that were often incompatible with the invading group's belief system. A ubiquitous and fascinating theme is the role of the goddess and women in each religion. The authors are occasionally guilty of generalizations when trying to cover too long a period. Nevertheless, this work will satisfy those interested in a background for New Age spirituality. The bibliography is extensive, but the notes are sparse. Recommended for public and academic libraries.‘Clay Williams, Bluefield State Coll. Lib., W. Va.
"The scholarship is solid, the presentation is clear for the
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-"Fortean Times, 12/95
"It gives the general reader a...reliable picture of the history of the pagan cults and the complex development of the Christianization process. It offers an interesting synthesis of the vicissitudes of the uprooting of heathen thought and its success or failure; it is therefore a volume anyone probing into Europe's religious past will enjoy reading."
-"History of Religions