Paganistan - a moniker adapted by the Twin Cities Contemporary Pagan community - is the title of a history and ethnography of a regionally unique, urban, and vibrant community in Minnesota. The story of the community traces the formation of some of the earliest organizations and churches in the US, the influence of publication houses and bookstores, the marketplace, and the local University, on the growth and sustenance of a distinct Pagan community identity, as well as discussions of the patterns of diversifying and cohesion that occur as a result of societal pressure, politics, and generational growth within it. As the first ever study of this long-lived community, this book sets out to document Paganistan as another aspect of the increasing prevalence of Paganism in the US and contributes to the discussion of the formation of new American religious communities. Revealing how canonical theories about community formation in anthropology do not always fit comfortably nor accurately describe how a vibrant Pagan community creates and sustains itself, this book will be of interest to scholars of religion and new religious movements worldwide, and offers a valuable contribution to discussions within both urban anthropology and sociology.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction: welcome to Paganistan; A pilgrim in Paganistan: position and politics; The emergence of Paganistan: history and lore; Fire, ice and wild rice: Paganistan’s innovations and reconstructions; Repelling vampires and pink fluffy bunnies: issues of identity, boundaries and community cohesion in Paganistan; Minnehaha faeries, Mississippi mermaids and meddling elders: cultural transmission and the ritual year in Paganistan; Welcome to Paganistan 2009: emerging events and avenues; Afterword: after exile and return: Paganistan 2013; Bibliography; Index.