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In Cyberhenge , Douglas E. Cowan brings together two fascinating and virually unavoidable phenomena of the postmodern world - the electronic environment of the Internet and the emerging world of contemporary Neopaganism - Wiccans and other witches, Druids, Goddess-worshipers and ceremonial magicians - the Internet provides an environment alive with possibilities for invention, innovation and imagination. In this thoughtful analysis, Cowan examines the variety of ways in which Neopagans are not only using the Net to provide information and as a vehicle to develop and expand the frontiers of their religious experience. From online Sabbath rituals to an algorithmic I Ching for which one pays with electronically banked "Karma Coins", from e-covens and cyber-groves where neophytes can learn everything from the Wiccan Rede to spellworking, to arguments over the validity of online ritual and the authenticity of one's magical lineage, neopaganism on the Internet is an ongoing experiment in the creation and recreation of postmodern religious traditions.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1. The Modern Pagan Internet: From Hyperbole to reality and Back Again 2. The Road to Cyberhenge: Conceptualizing Modern Paganism Online and Off 3. The Mists of Cyberhenge: Mapping the Modern Pagan Internet 4. Online Solataries and Cybercovens: (Re-) Inventing the Modern Pagan Path 5. Among the Stones of Cyberhenge: Modern Pagan Ritual on the World Wide Web 6. Coming Out of the Online Broomcloset: Identity and Authority on the World Wide Web 7. (In)Conclusion: A Web of Dangers, Benefits and Research Directions Bibliography Index

About the Author

Douglas E. Cowan is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Sociology at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. He is author of The Remnant Spirit: Conservative Reform in Mainline Protestantism and Bearing False Witness: An Introduction to the Christian Countercult. He is coeditor, with Lorne L. Dawson, of Religion Online: Finding Faith on the Internet, also published by Routledge.


'There is no question that Douglas Cowan's contribution to the study of modern paganism on the Internet is significant and valuable. He achieved his goal in removing the hype surrounding this form of religious activity, supplying readers with a clear overview of the phenomenon, new theoretical frameworks and heuristic devices for interpreting the activities, and insight into how the World Wide Web is changing the religious landscape of our wired world.' - Christopher Helland, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada 'A much needed book.' - Irving Hexham, University of Calgary, Canada 'This book should become one of the classic texts in the still relatively new area of study.' - J. Gordon Melton, University of California, USA

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