Vol 13 No. 10 (2011) Issue Number 15, February 2001

Notes from the Underground

Many of those Neopagan writers who promote alternative historical paradigms invoke Post-modernism as an academically credible means of reinterpreting the past and challenging empirical studies of history.

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The experience of the 'green wing' of German fascism is a sobering reminder of the political volatility of ecology.
University of the West of England
Chaos magic, alternatively known as chaoism, is a radical, libertarian form of magick which appears to have the most overt scientific content in terms of cosmological understanding and magickal practice.
University of Ballarat
The Neopagan movement relies extensively on representations of the past for historical, cultural and ideological legitimacy. Of particular importance in these histories is the reclaiming or re-creation of pre-Christian pagan societies, the witchhunting crazes of the early modern period, and the reinterpretation of the rise of modernity and industrialism. The means by which these histories are constructed and the changes in the processes by which historical representations are formed are indicative of broader changes in the configuration of historical legitimacy in western culture.
Reading University
Murray's quaint, 19th Century approach which sees 'survivals' in every custom and uses 'folk memory' to justify tenuous links between past and current practices, characterises the popular image of what folklore is.

Book Reviews

California State University
Department of History California State University—Fullerton
While at first glance this study may not seem germane to modern Hellenic polytheists, those particularly interested in reconstructing this ancient religion should find it of particular interest, as Bremmer notes that the ancient Hellenes viewed both the soul (psyche) and human psychological makeup entirely differently than we, here in the West, do today.