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On the Pagan Parallax: A Sociocultural Exploration of the Tension between Eclecticism and Traditionalism as Observed among Dutch Wiccans

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1. Title Title of document On the Pagan Parallax: A Sociocultural Exploration of the Tension between Eclecticism and Traditionalism as Observed among Dutch Wiccans -
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Léon van Gulik; Radboud University Nijmegen; Netherlands
3. Subject Discipline(s) Cultural Psychology; Psychology of Religion
4. Subject Keyword(s) Contemporary Paganism; Invention of Tradition; Individualism; Motivation; Beliefs
5. Subject Subject classification BF; BL
6. Description Abstract Post-modern nature religions face the challenge of justifying their practices and theology since there is no unbroken line between the classic and contemporary Paganisms of the Western world. Against the background of progressing historical knowledge, these religions constantly have to reinvent or reconstruct their traditions. At the same time, the present context is entirely different to that of when the classic Paganisms emerged. By discussing their roots in romanticism and expressivism, both the relevancy of the revived nature religions and the challenges they face, are explained. These issues are illustrated by drawing on initial results of content analyses of on-line discussions between Dutch Pagans, yielding imaginative narratives of self-justification and self-identification amidst a continuous tension between traditionalism and eclecticism. Contemporary Paganism as a movement is argued to counterbalance sociohistorical developments by its changing acts of sanctioning, its aim to remain the maverick, and its constant strive for experiential receptivity.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd.
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 11-Jan-2011
10. Type Status & genre "Peer-reviewed Article"
11. Type Type Content analysis
12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/pome.v12i1.49
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies; Vol 12, No 1 (2010)
16. Language English=en en
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18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) the Netherlands,
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