Scholarship is badly needed in paganism. There are too many people who do things “because it feels right”, mispronounce deity names or just don’t know the first thing about what they are doing, for example thinking that the ancient Irish ate potatoes because a fluffy book says so.

I avoid books under the “Mind, Body and Spirit” section of bookshops. They’re likely to be fluffy claptrap which isn’t worth the price of a book. Instead I look under “Myths and Legends”, “Archaeology” and other sections which are likely to reveal real information. There is also the Sacred Texts website with books which are out of copyright.

On the other hand, there are people who delve into the minutae of scholarship without thinking “can we use this in our paths?” I’m not a scholar, and therefore not interested in information that I can’t use in my path.


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