What I hope was the last paper work for Graham Harvey's and my new anthology, Paganism: A Reader
went into the campus mailbag today on its way to Routledge, the publisher. The book is a collection of mostly primary sources, so in that way it's somewhat different from Graham's earlier anthology, Shamanism: A Reader
. The selections in it begin with Classical materials, including "The Hymn to the Moon" (attributed to Homer) and the famous address to Isis from Apuleius' The Golden Ass
, in Robert Graves' translation. What I regret not being able to include (for reasons of space) was Sappho's poem to Aphrodite, which I always find to be heart-wrenchingly good. But the Emperor Julian's "Letter to a Pagan Priest" was included, as well as some translations from Celtic and Norse sources that have been important to the Pagan revival.
We have tried to show just a few of the literary influences on the Pagan revival as well, such as Kipling's Puck of Pook's Hill
, Robert Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land
, and Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Mists of Avalon
, as well as many well-known contemporary Pagan authors (Gardner, Valiente, Adler) and some new writers: Judy Harrow, Michael McNierney, and myself.
Labels: Paganism, scholarship