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Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies

Editor
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

 

Call for Papers: The Occult Imagination in Britain

Christine Ferguson and Andrew Radford, both of the University of Glasgow, seek contributors for an edited collection, The Occult Imagination in Britain, 1875-1947. We seek proposals for an essay collection entitled The Occult Imagination in Britain, 1875-1947, to be proposed to Ashgate’s new Among the Victorians and the Modernists series. Focusing on the development, popular […]
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This is Not a Film for Your Wicca 101 Class

On 4 December 1969 a press party was held for a documentary film on Witchcraft, Legend of the Witches, directed by Malcolm Leigh. Among the media types attending was a magazine writer on assignment, a fifty-something man named Stewart Farrar, but that is another story. Legend of the Witches offers a very Margaret Murray-style reading […]
Posted: 2015-05-14More...
 

Is the Internet Killing Paganism?

I have not been keeping up with my blog-reading, so I just encountered this provocative piece by Sannion at House of Vines: “There’s a reason why Zeus is king of the gods and Hermes isn’t.” He speaks of Hellenismos mainly, but what he says — as the commenters note — is broadly applicable. Briefly, his […]
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An Alfred Kinsey-Aleister Crowley Connection?

Liam Neeson starred in the 2004 movie Kinsey. A casual mention of sex researcher Alfred Kinsey’s interest in the sex magic diaries of Aleister Crowley sent me down an Internet rabbit hole. Kinsey (1894–1956) was studied biology, particularly entomology, but while teaching at Indiana University in the 1930s turned to the study of human sexuality, […]
Posted: 2015-05-09More...
 

We Might as well Wear Lineages on our Chests

Academic bloggers Megan Kate Nelson and Elizabeth Covart are re-thinking the way that we wear badges at conventions—and other forms of labeling. What might work better than NAME and INSTITUTION (or for the non-affiliated, CITY)? In Nelson’s post, I like “Academic lineage, a la Game of Thrones. Everyone always asks anyway (which I find bizarre […]
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The Slut, the Priestess, and/or the Poet

A recent article in The New Yorker, “How Gay was Sappho?” re-examines two questions about the famous poet of antiquity: 1. Was her poetry really “personal,” as opposed to something like the Iliad, which clearly was created for public performance? 2. Although she lived on the island of Lesbos, was she really a small-l lesbian? […]
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Ancient Precedents for a Norwegian’s Pro-Psychedelic Campaign

A campaign to legalize LSD, MDMA, and other psychedelics in Norway reaches for ancient precedents. Didn’t the Sami (Lapp) shamans maybe use entheogens? What about those Viking who allegedly chewed on Amanita muscaria? (Via law-blogger Ann Althouse)
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Strange Doings in Hagley Woods

This “cold” English murder case caught my attention because of the involvement of Professor Margaret “Grandmother of Wicca” Murray, who apparently injected herself into it, somewhat after the fact, with tales of witches. (Never mind that “wych elm” does not mean “witch elm.”) Some British writers have attempted to cast the geographically close murder of […]
Posted: 2015-05-03More...
 

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