Older books on Paganism?

Question by Mel: Older books on Paganism?
I know there are a million and one questions about “books about Paganism”- but does anybody know offhand of any good books that are “old”? I’m not exactly sure what I even mean by old, just… I guess it would be cool to read something that wasn’t written before the boom in the 50s, and again in the 80s and 90s, you know? I’m looking for respected literature that’s a little more timeless.

Thanks in advance!

Best answer:

Answer by taliswoman
All I can say is that Gerald Gardner was the founder of modern wicca, and you really can’t get any older than that. Don’t forget tho, with the old comes the different. They had different ideas back then, and different views on women and men. If you want a fictional book, try mists of avalon by M Z Bradley. I though it was a very good account.

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  1. You might check out “The Golden Bough” by Frazer, or some of the books by Joseph Campbell, if you’re looking for information. Paganism as it is now, didn’t really exist before people like Gardner, and Crowley. Pagan mainly means “country folk” and was a word for anyone who wasn’t Christian. It encompassed the Norse, Grecian, Roman gods, even Buddhist, and other religions. Now the so-called Neopagan movement which seems to have begun in the 50’s and 60’s is somewhat different. One of the first books I read in this field is “Drawing down the Moon” by Margot Adler which is a good informative source of many of the facts of today’s paganism.

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