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In this issue:
its growth and influence
NEOPAGANISM - new books profile
VON DANIKEN, ERICH - still searching for ancient alien connections
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NEOPAGANISM Modern Pagan and Native Faith Movements in Central and Eastern Europe, edited by Kaarina Aitamurto and Scott Simpson1 — according to Daniel Harms (State University of New York College at Cortland) this collection of essays “examines the various ways in which pagan and native faiths (described with various terms in different settings) have been revived in Central and Eastern Europe. Although contributors mention movements such as Wicca, Druidism, and Asatru, the chief focus here is on the autochthonous philosophies and groups that have arisen since the fall of communist regimes in the regions. Russian and Polish faiths occupy multiple articles, but others include movements in Lithuania, Latvia, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, and Armenia. Having evolved in isolation from one another, these faiths are usually small-scale and define themselves as deliberately outside the mainstream of their cultures, whether secular or Christian. [M]ost of the contributions describe particular figures, organizations, and ritual practices. Nonetheless, the book covers a fascinating religious phenomenon that is little known in the English-speaking world.” Choice, Jan ‘14.5 Another recent book provides insight into the growth of neopaganism by way of popular music. J. B. Wolford (University of Missouri, St. Louis) reviews Pop Pagans: Paganism and Popular Music, edited by Donna Weston and Andy Bennett:2 “The general public wildly misunderstands Paganism as Satanism, which it is not. Among Pagans and/or scholars, a wide range of approaches and philosophies define various Pagan groups. The principle unifying Paganism may be its reverence toward humans’ sacred integration with the natural world. While Pagan popular music is an emerging subfield, the 14 Australian, UK, and US contributors to this volume cover the multiplicities of Paganism admirably. The editors divide the book into four sections, ‘Histories,’ ‘Genres,’ ‘Performance,’ and ‘Community,’ all equally strong. Each contributor, implicitly or overtly, show-
cases how Paganism and popular music in whatever form share traits of individualism, community, and transcendence. This work successfully serves as a broad overview of the relationship between popular music and Paganism, but can serve equally well as a general introduction to the core ideas and foci unifying diverse Pagan groups. For some, it may likewise serve to demystify and to humanize (oddly nonironic terms, given Paganism’s spiritual focus) what is an essentialist approach to any person’s relationship between self and place, and between the physical world and the transcendent.” Choice, Jan ‘14.5 VON DANIKEN, ERICH Jason Henninger reviews von Daniken’s latest: Remnants of the Gods: A Visual Tour of Alien Influence in Egypt, Spain, France, Turkey, and Italy.3 “Even casual readers of books about aliens and UFOs will have heard the name Erich von Daniken. Since 1968′s Chariots of the Gods,4 he’s been recognized as the authoritative voice on theories about prehistoric alien influence. He’s written several overlapping books on the subject.... “Von Daniken examines a side of history and human development he considers blatantly and purposefully ignored by mainstream science. He says there are, in various tombs, caves, and other structures, numerous examples of geometric precision and planning well beyond the scientific knowledge of the time. These structures left over from antiquity, from Stonehenge to the pyramids, he says, show evidence of superhuman extraterrestrial visitors. “Von Daniken is a persuasive writer, engaging throughout, and his research is shown in a reasonable and orderly manner. He points out intriguing contradictions in what we know of prehistory. The inflammatory, illogical, and downright paranoid rhetoric of many UFO theorists is all but absent in his writing. Aside from occasionally preachy pronouncements, railing against what he sees as the cowardice of mainstream science, Von Daniken’s voice is
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ow.’ Why.ly/uoXKL> You can read a classic debunking of Von Daniken’s work at <www.choicereviews.ly/uoXxD> 4 .Remnants of the Gods: A Visual Tour of Alien Influence in Egypt. which do not fit into any conception of history or archeology textbook. And as far as Von Daniken is concerned. he or she will find curiosities enough to remain interested.’ “The book’s numerous illustrations are a useful addition to the text. 2013. ERICH (continued) that of a curious and imaginative archeology student. it’s an intriguing study overall. go to: http://apologia.ow. <www.ly/unHQs> 2 . which includes many other examples of seemingly coincidental organization on a scale he finds too grand and precise to have been accomplished by the sciences of the time. paperback.tinyurl. mention of gods equals aliens.Pop Pagans: Paganism and Popular Music. by Erich von Daniken (Berkley. Turkey. “Does either the line of towns or the architecture of pyramids instantly imply aliens? No. for example. an Egyptian counterpart for Hermes.com/archive-apologia Follow Us on Facebook: www. 224 pages) <www. 2013. As he puts it.ly/uutzT>. Subscribe now to this valuable resource! To subscribe online. the pyramids were built by Saurid. edited by Donna Weston and Andy Bennett (Acumen.ow. <www. though Von Daniken.” Foreword Reviews.ly/uoUis> 3 . SOURCES: Monographs V O L U M E 1 9 : 7 ( 1.’ if not necessarily in answering ‘how. paperback. hardcover.com/ApologiaReport . Another question: who really built the pyramids? Modern understanding is that Cheops commissioned them. ow. running down to southern Italy. paperback.Choice. Still. asserts that no records contemporaneous with the pyramids themselves can back this assertion.facebook. though sometimes the layout of photos in relation to the text feels clumped and haphazard.ly/ uoXHY> SOURCES: Periodicals 1 . 2013. Alet. edited by Kaarina Aitamurto and Scott Simpson (Acumen. But they fit as a part of his larger view. Whether the reader is a believer in aliens or not. is there a line beginning in northern France. so to speak. by Erich von Daniken (New Page. quite persuasively. He offers instead that according to some ancient historians. 256 pages) <www. 352 pages) 5 . 1999. France. “Von Daniken is an expert in asking ‘why’ and ‘who. ‘incomprehensible facts APOLOGIAreport lie below everyone’s feet. along which numerous towns — Calais.Modern Pagan and Native Faith Movements in Central and Eastern Europe. Spain.org/htm/subscribe. Alix. among others — have very similar names? It is indeed a strange occurrence. Alaise. and Italy.Chariots of the Gods: Unsolved Mysteries of the Past. 2 0 1 4 <www. Spr ‘14.ow. 224 pages) <www. ow.htm Search back issues at: www.org> Apologia Report is available free of charge and sent to you once a week via email.1 9 0 ) / March 1 2 .VON DANIKEN.
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