The myth of the burning times and the politics of resistance in contemporary American Wicca
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Shuck, Glenn W.
Many contemporary Wiccans organize their narratives of oppression around the historical model of the Burning Times - the early-modern persecution of witches, i.e. women and marginalized persons, providing them a powerful set of symbols to organize their concerns. These narratives seek to transcend questions of victimization and provide Wiccans with a means of resisting totalizing pressures and also help create novel formations of the self and community. This remains a tenuous process, exacerbated by conflicting responses within Wicca to the needs of a growing religion. The creative aspects of the Burning Times mythology, however, do present an idealistic set of possibilities.
Shuck, Glenn W. (2000), The myth of the burning times and the politics of resistance in contemporary American Wicca. Journal of Religion & Society, 2.
Rabbi Myer and Dorothy Kripke Center, Creighton University
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