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Feminitate si ocultism/ Femininity and Occultism

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Author(s): Mihaela Frunza

Journal: Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies
ISSN 1583-0039

Volume: 2;
Issue: 5;
Start page: 127;
Date: 2003;
Original page

Keywords: witchcraft | religious movement | syncretism | ecofeminism | neopaganism | New Age

ABSTRACT
This paper attempts to critically discuss and situate the phenomena of contemporary witchcraft (both the Wicca tradition and the feminist one). Contemporary Anglo-Saxon witchcraft is one of the compo- nents of “mystic-esoteric nebulousness”. It has a particular status both among contemporary prac- tices of witchcraft and among women-dominated religions. Among recent philosophical trends, it has affinities with ecofeminism and neopaganism. Along this line, its roots seem to indicate a connec- tion with the ancient beliefs that characterized the matriarchal civilization of Old Europe. Finally, contemporary witchcraft finds itself well integrated in the framework of the New Age movement.
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