Ancora su The Druids (2007) di Ronald Hutton

(via The Wild Hunt)

Lo scorso 13 maggio il quotidiano britannico The Indipendent, con un articolo di Gary Lachman, ha segnalato l’ultimo volume di Ronald Hutton (di cui avevo già parlato qui):

[…] The Druids, like his earlier work, explores the notion of “invented tradition”; something, he writes, “that relies upon an original foundation myth that has subsequently been disproved but has made itself worthy of respect in its own right.” Both wicca and neo-paganism fall into this camp, their claims to ancient lineage being undermined while their significance as post-modern religions is celebrated in his brilliant Triumph of the Moon.

Predictably, Hutton finds himself defending his position on two fronts. Neo-pagans, clinging to the notion that their beliefs are part of an ancient nature religion, and radical feminists upholding the idea of a primeval matriarchal society (which Hutton finds “rather delightful”), scorn Hutton’s refreshingly cheerful acceptance that there seems little evidence for either of these. And his less unbuttoned colleagues shake their heads at his optimism about Druidry and other “alternative spiritualities” as valid contemporary religions. He has a very pragmatic, creative attitude, recognising that factual error can still produce beneficial results. We may not be able to “get it right”, about the Druids and other people of the past, but “we can look upon the past and how it works for us, and call upon it in order to make the future”.

L’articolo completo è leggibile qui.

In uscita uno studio sociologico sul paganesimo giovanile nel mondo anglofono

Chas S. Clifton (che ha recentemente pubblicato un’interessante storia del paganesimo negli Stati Uniti che sto terminando di leggere: Her Hidden Children. The Rise of Wicca and Paganism in America. Lanham, MD: Altamira Press, 2006; recensione di Sean McCloud su H-Amstdy dello scorso settembre disponibile qui) segnala sul proprio blog la prossima uscita di

Berger, Helen A., & Ezzy, Douglas (2007). Teenage Witches. Magical Youth and the Search for the Self. Rutgers University Press

Gli autori sono Helen A. Berger, professore di sociologia presso la West Chester University di West Chester in Pennsylvania e già autrice, fra l’altro, di A Community of Witches: Contemporary Neo-Paganism and Witchcraft in the United States (University of South Carolina Press, 1998; recensione di Frances Kostarelos su Sociology of Religion, Winter 1999, disponibile qui), e Douglas Ezzy, senior lecturer in sociologia presso l’australiana University of Tasmania.

(Il volume sembra interessante, ed è possibile che me ne procuri una copia)