To return to the:NURELWEB SITE
Lynne Hume. 1997. Witchcraft and Paganism in Australia. Melbourne:
Melbourne University Press, 1997, pp.272.
This book takes a phenomenological and multidisciplinary approach to
the subject Dr. Hume is an anthropologist who spent six years
investigating the material she presents. During that time she took
part in many of the activities and rituals of some of the groups
she discusses. Hume's aim in writing this book is to convey an
accurate picture of Paganism as it is practised in Australia,
including the anomalies of southern hemisphere adaptations.
An introduction to Paganism and the methodology used.
Historical background to modern Paganism, with an account of its
emergence and progression in Australia
Worldviews and various Pagan sub-groups. Rejection of
Christianity and dogma. Controversies regarding the meaning of being
a Pagan. Nudity and sex.
Chapter 4 Organization and Structure, networking, establishment and
financing of groups, factionalism, Paganism's attraction.. Turning
points and 'conversion'.
Ritual, casting the circle, arguments regarding adaptations for the
southern hemisphere, initiation rites, the Great Rite, symbols.
Magic, power of the mind, visualizaion, energies, spells, psychic
Chapter 7 The experiential and emotional, out of body
experiences, sensing and seeing spirits, understanding other-worldly
Morals, ethics and law. Accusations of child abuse, brainwashing and
immoral sexual practices. Satanism. Australian law.
THIS BOOK CAN BE PURCHASED THROUGH MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY PRESS,
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Lynne Hume
Studies in Religion
The University of Queensland
tel: 3365 3338