Contemporary Paganism in America : the role of heterosexual and homosexual males in a female oriented religion

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dc.contributor.advisor Stephan, Scott, 1969- en_US Smith, Rachael D. en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-us--- en_US 2011-06-03T19:40:54Z 2011-06-03T19:40:54Z 2006 en_US 2006
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 2006 .S65 en_US
dc.description.abstract This study explores the origins and development of one of America's largest alternative religions, contemporary Paganism, while placing emphasis on the roles of homosexual and heterosexual males within a movement that is dominated by women and focused on a Goddess, rather than a God. This gendered examination demonstrates contemporary Paganism's roots in the counterculture movement of the 1960s, and investigates how rituals have changed for boys within the movement, as well as ritual modification among homosexual males. This study reveals a reverse sexism among contemporary Pagan women toward males within the community and how this group is still working toward understanding and acceptance between the sexes. With an ever growing presence and over 300, 000 contemporary Pagans in the United States to date, this religious group adds to the changing contours of American religion.Ball State UniversityMuncie, IN 47306 en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of History en_US
dc.format.extent iii, 95 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Neopaganism -- United States. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Heterosexual men -- Religious life -- United States. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Gay men -- Religious life -- United States. en_US
dc.title Contemporary Paganism in America : the role of heterosexual and homosexual males in a female oriented religion en_US Thesis (M.A.) en_US
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