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By Alex Mar

ISBN-10: 0374291373

ISBN-13: 9780374291372

"Witches are gathering."

When most folks pay attention the observe "witches," they suspect of horror motion pictures and Halloween, yet to the approximately a million americans who perform Paganism at the present time, witchcraft is a nature-worshipping, polytheistic, and extremely genuine faith. So Alex Mar discovers whilst she units out to movie a documentary and reveals herself drawn deep into the area of present-day magic.

Witches of the United States follows Mar on her immersive five-year journey into the occult, charting smooth Paganism from its roots in Nineteen Fifties England to its present American mecca within the San Francisco Bay region; from a meeting of greater than one thousand witches within the Illinois woods to the hot Orleans department of 1 of the world's so much influential magical societies. alongside the best way she takes half in dozens of rituals and turns into concerned with a wild array of characters: a central authority worker who founds a California priesthood devoted to a Celtic goddess of warfare; American disciples of Aleister Crowley, whose complicated ceremonies flip the Catholic mass on its head; second-wave feminist Wiccans who perform an intensive separatist witchcraft; a transforming into "mystery cult" whose initiates hint their rites again to a blind shaman in rural Oregon. This sprawling magical neighborhood compels Mar to confront what she believes is possible-or hopes may well be.

With willing intelligence and wit, Mar illuminates the realm of witchcraft whereas grappling in clean and unforeseen methods with the query underlying each religion: Why will we decide to think in whatever in any respect? even if evangelical Christian, Pagan priestess, or atheist, each one people craves a procedure of desiring to supply constitution to our lives. occasionally we simply locate it in unforeseen areas.

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