Pagan Movement Continues to Expand, Says Author

October 23, 2008

Author: Carson Lemahieu

Source: The North Wind

Paganism is alive and well in America, according to author and National Public Radio correspondent Margot Adler.

She spoke in Jamrich Tuesday night about the history of the pagan movement and how it has changed since she became involved in the '60s and '70s.

Adler kicked off her presentation by telling a humorous anecdote about her first visit to Michigan in the 1980s to appear on a Detroit morning show.

Adler explained that she took extra care to look good for the television cameras and had cut herself shaving as she prepared for the event. At the end of the television appearence the audience was allowed to ask questions.

"A question that came up from the audience was 'Is that mark on your leg from some ritual?' I had to explain that, I had just cut myself shaving while getting ready."

Adler, a priestess of the Gardnerian Wiccan tradition, wrote "Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America Today." The book, first published in 1979, was one of the first publications to document the history and modern practices of various Earth-based religions.