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A Community of Witches: Contemporary Neo-Paganism and Witchcraft in the United States (Comparative Studies in Religion and Society) by Helen A. Berger

A Community of Witches: Contemporary Neo-Paganism and Witchcraft in the United States (Comparative Studies in Religion and Society) by Helen A. Berger

Author:Helen A. Berger
Language: eng
Format: mobi
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Published: 1999-01-28T05:00:00+00:00


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Chapter 5

The Next Generation

The main ritual at Rites of Spring was as usual delayed by the need to create intricate props and coordinate the efforts of an amateur crew. The organizers had put up makeshift dividers to block off the main field as they prepared the area for the ritual. Accustomed to operating on "Pagan Standard Time," people wandered into the woods, went for a walk to the lake, or milled around chatting until we were invited into the circle. A bell was rung and drumming begun to call everyone who wished to participate into the field. About two hundred people formed into an uneven, amoeba-like circle around a lilac-covered mound constructed to mimic the shape of a pregnant woman's swollen abdomen. It was a warm sunny day at the end of May and the aroma of the lilacs filled the air.



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