Reblog – “25 Most Influential People in the Birth of Modern Paganism” – from Raise the Horns blog

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Patheos.com  which is a huge site showcasing blogs on All religious persuasions (see their blog list) has posted a link to 3 articles on 25 Most Influential People in the Birth of Modern Paganism written by Jason Mankey of the Raise the Horns blog. To quote from his blog:

“Paganism has been influenced by countless people over the past 200 years, but only twenty-five of them made my list. This installment looks at ten Europeans who made invaluable contributions to Modern Paganism. Part two of this series look at eleven Americans who also played a large role in Paganism’s rebirth. The third and final installment is a “Top 5″ list and contains all the people you thought would be in this post.”

“Only numbers five through one are listed in sequence, the other European and American pioneers are all listed by continent of origin and in alphabetical order. The very brief “Why they are on this list” part is not meant to be exhaustive, it’s just a brief thumbnail listing a few accomplishments and reasons for inclusion. Opinions are strictly my own, though you are certainly welcome to share some. This list has a very Wiccan slant, but since Wicca is the largest Pagan denomination that’s probably to be expected.”……..

“I’ve had a few people question my methodology so I thought I would explain how I made my selections. The most important question posed to myself while putting together this list was “Out of the 75 or so candidates, which of them affect how Pagans think and practice on a day to day and moment to moment basis?”

The three parts are -

25 Most Influential People in the Birth of Modern Paganism (European Wing)

25 Most Influential People in the Birth of Modern Paganism (American Wing)

25 Most Influential People in the Birth of Modern Paganism (Top 5)

And take the time to read various readers comments after these posts. He had to know these were coming, lol.

I agree with most of what he has written, and he has taken into account both sides of the pond covering 200 years and tried to narrow it down, so he did good. Remember, this is not about who are the best witch/pagans of late but rather who had the most influence on modern witchcraft and paganism, and mostly they overlap anyway. Its good to see good Ole Uncle Al on the list, and my lineage grandmother Sybil Leek. Enjoy, and Blessed Be!

(Hey – this is my blog post # 666 LOL!)

7 thoughts on “Reblog – “25 Most Influential People in the Birth of Modern Paganism” – from Raise the Horns blog

    • Yes and feel bad for all those comments you had to answer about “what about so-and-so” etc when you were only on the first part. I am in a lineage coven but when people like to brag about their lineages i like to see “we are all the bastards of Gardner and Valiente”.

    • Thanks for those links dear. I did not realize The Red Church was on google books. I know Chris and correspond at time. Only problem is his entire chapter on Fred and Fredna aka Dr Santee and Lady Phoebe, plus her picture, is an almost exact copy/paste of a document i wrote that he never asked me permission to use, and i took that picture of her. But that google book only goes up to page 147 of 545 and that is on around page 351. But despite that it is still a very good book on the subject that gives away secrets that pissed off a lot of local powwows.

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