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Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies

Chas Clifton, Colorado State University-Pueblo

Letters and Review Editor
Christopher Chase
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402 Catt Hall
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa 50011-1302

Editor Emeritus
Fritz Muntean, Vancouver

The Pomegranate is the first International, peer-reviewed journal of Pagan studies. It provides a forum for papers, essays and symposia on both ancient and contemporary Pagan religious practices. The Pomegranate also publishes timely reviews of scholarly books in this growing field. The editors seek both new interpretations and re-examinations of those traditions marked both by an emphasis on nature as a source of sacred value (e.g., Wicca, modern Goddess religions) as well as those emphasizing continuity with a polytheistic past (e.g., Ásatrú and other forms of 'reconstructionist' Paganism). The editors also seek papers on the interplay between Pagan religious traditions, popular culture, literature, psychology and the arts.

Indexing and Abstracting
Scopus Abstract and Citation Database
Religious & Theological Abstracts
ISI Web of Knowledge
EBSCO's Academic Search Premier & Religion and Philosophy Collection
European Reference Index for the Humanities (ERIH Plus)
The American Theological Library Association (ATLA)

Publication and Frequency: May and November
ISSN 1528-0268 (print)
ISSN 1743-1735 (online)

Send Books for Review to
Christopher Chase
402 Catt Hall
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa 50011-1302

Editor's Blog


Pagan Superheroes Cut Down Forest, Regret It Later

A newly discovered piece of the epic of Gilgamesh includes a sort of ecological theme. It’s in a museum in Kurdish territory—another reason why they need their own country. The Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the oldest narratives in the world, got a surprise update last month when the Sulaymaniyah Museum in the Kurdistan region […]
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In Which I Go on Vacation

Yes, an actual vacation, nine time zones away — and no laptop computer. Giving up the MacBook was like giving up alcohol and caffeine. It meant that I could not work on writing or editing; therefore, I was truly on vacation. What was left was the tried and true —notebooks for writing a travel journal […]
Posted: 2015-10-02More...

Someday, Pagans Will Have Harlem’s Problem Too

I have been hearing of this for a while — “spiritual tourism” in Harlem. Although gospel music is part of the heritage and spirit of the neighbourhood, some have suggested that scenes in local churches are starting to resemble a Hollywood movie. Tourists visiting have become an issue of contention, to the extent that some […]
Posted: 2015-09-09More...

New Issue of The Pomegranate Published

The newest issue of The Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies, has been published online and is at the printer. Book reviews may be downloaded free. There is a charge for longer articles — or request them (after an interval) from your library’s interlibrary loan service. Table of Contents: Essay “Pagan Studies: In Defense […]
Posted: 2015-09-05More...

New Paintings Found in Petra

Some exceptional paintings from the Hellenistic era have been found at the ancient city of Petra. Virtually no Hellenistic paintings survive today, and fragments only hint at antiquity’s lost masterpieces, while revealing little about their colours and composition, so the revelation of these wall paintings in Jordan is all the more significant. They were created […]
Posted: 2015-09-02More...

Responding to Attacks on Pagan Shrines

On the 20th of August, I posted about “Khalid al-Asaad and the War on Pagan Idolatry.” He was the Syrian archaeologist beheaded by the Muslim fanatics of the Islamic State, their reward for his devoting his professional life to preserving and studying the ancient (and Pagan) city of Palmyra. On the first of September, the […]
Posted: 2015-09-02More...

“Trace What It Means To Be Celtic”

In their book Pop Pagans: Paganism and Popular Music, Donna Weston and Andy Bennett use the term “cardiac Celts . . . people who feel in their heart that they are Celtic.” They are not the only ones who use it — but I wonder if this new British Museum exhibit will name-check Marion Bowman, […]
Posted: 2015-09-01More...

“I will never look at a tarot card . . . again”

A New York Times piece about commercial psychics. Specifically, these are psychics who went to prison for fraud (or worse) and are trying to look good in front of the Parole Board. She worked out of shops on Ninth Avenue in the Hell’s Kitchen section of Manhattan. In 2009, Ms. Mitchell told a client that […]
Posted: 2015-08-28More...


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