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The Neo-Paganism Performance Current

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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History book series (PSTPH)

Abstract

Some historians credit Gardner with the inauguration of a new and performance-rich current of esoteric spirituality that began to bloom and diversify in the 1960s. This twentieth-century current of esotericism bore many connections to ideas and practices that thrived during the Occult Revival of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, but it also moved in new directions and exhibited even more diversity of religious form and content than had the other movements of the Occult Revival. After Wicca appeared, there emerged many new groups of ceremonial magicians and esoteric philosophers, such as witches, Druids, neo-shamans, and goddess-worshippers.1 By the 1970s, many of these new esoteric groups and movements were being categorized under the now-familiar label of “neo-paganism.”

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Religious Diversity Spiritual Practice Indigenous Culture Ritual Practice Spiritual Leader 
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