Talking About the Elephant

Modern pagans draw from a variety of cultural wells, both historical and contemporary. This book promotes constructive communication about the issues surrounding cultural appropriation in neopaganism, approaching such practices Celtic reconstructionism, neoshamanism, and ritual magic. This powerful, diverse set of voices is poised to break open a new dialogue.

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Published by Immanion Press
Words: 81,700
Language: English
ISBN: 9781905713585
About Lupa

Lupa is a pagan and neoshaman living in Portland. She is currently a graduate student pursuing a Master's of Science in counseling psychology with an emphasis on ecopsychology. When not buried under reading assignments, she is an avid hiker, reads nonfiction for fun, and is rediscovering the joys of video games.

While she has been a practitioner of neopaganism, particularly animal magic, since the mid-1990s, she is currently focused on creating a personal neoshamanic path, therioshamanism. In the past she has also worked with various sorts of eclectic neopaganism, Chaos magic, and experimental magic.

Lupa's nonfiction writing covers a variety of topics. Her primary focus is animal magic; her first book, Fang and Fur, Blood and Bone: A Primal Guide to Animal Magic broke a number of conventions of material on totemism and other forms of animal magic. She followed it up with her most recent work, DIY Totemism: Your Personal Guide to Animal Magic. In between these two works she also published the groundbreaking A Field Guide to Otherkin. She is currently editing three anthologies as well: Talking About the Elephant: An Anthology of Neopagan Perspectives on Cultural Appropriation (November 2008); Engaging the Spirit World: Shamanism, Totemism and Other Animistic Practices (2009); and Digging Up the Ostrich's Head: Animal Sacrifice in Modern Pagan Practices (2010)

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