Adrian Ivakhiv —
Pagans, Ancient and Modern

An environmentalist who pursued the ecological impulse of Paganism, from its ancient roots to its modern revival in Europe and North America, discusses his observations about the spirit of Paganism and its influence on everyday Western culture — and even on old-time religion.

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is an assistant professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont and author of Claiming Sacred Ground: Pilgrims and Politics at Glastonbury and Sedona.

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Watch a dynamic slideshow of natural landscapes and common people who have incorporated ancient Pagan rituals in their traditional practices. Accompanied by music by Calexico.

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In Pirogovo, a village outside of Kiev, people celebrate Ivan Kupala, a holiday rooted in ancient Pagan tradition of celebrating summer solstice. During the festivities, Ukrainians wear traditional national dress, leap over fire, wear plaited wreaths, and bathe naked in streams and rivers.

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I'm listening and they're talking about the global homesickness. It makes me remember my first visit to England. The connection I felt and feel to the country. I cried when I saw Glastonbury Tor. That has a lot to do with reading the Mists of Avalon, so that impacted that reaction. I also remember meeting my friends from the UK and then having to see them leave and the lost of connection I had from them. I am a pagan/Wiccan/witch, and I have always had a strong connection to the UK and to the pagan religions. Great show.