August 12th, 2004
|09:20 am - Epiphany. . .|
I think we made a mistake allowing Triumph of the Moon onto the Dedicant reading list, but I'm not completely certain yet.
I suspect that once I finish it, my recommendation is going to be to remove it as soon as we find something better.
I'm so not using the word "moon" in the title of any book I write on Paganism.
Current Mood: thoughtful
After reading the first two paragraphs of the introduction, I felt we'd done a serious disservice to our Dedicants. In there he says, basically, that Triumph is specifically about British Witchcraft, and that it generally ignores the rest of the Neo-Pagan movement. It also completely ignores America, "and only considers other nations or regions where they have made a significant subsequent impact upon its further development in that homeland."
The point of the books in that section is to give a broad description of Neo-Paganism, where it came from, where it's going, who the major players are/were, and hopefully to mention Neo-Pagan Druidism. This book, in the first two paragraphs, has stated that the scope of the book does not include the things we wished a book in that category to include.
I think it's going to be far too limited to have the same benefit a book like DDM has.
Hm. I hadn't thought about it that way, but you're right.
Actually, Hutton doesn't completely ignore America. Rather, he is only concerned with those aspects of American Witchcraft that have found their way back to England to influence the progress of British Witchcraft (e.g., the role played by the American feminist and environmental movements).
Interesting. This is why I want to read the entire book before I finally make a case for or against it to romandruid
. I don't want to make the same mistake twice and make assumptions off the introduction :)
His mention of Geertz has me a bit concerned, though. I expect that this study is going to be very Geertzian.