Adrian Ivakhiv — Pagans, Ancient and Modern
June 12, 2008

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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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.

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Ivakhiv 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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