Thank you for your interest in this revised and updated version of the book formerly known as "People Of The Earth - The New Pagans Speak Out". I understand that the change of title may have caused some confusion.
It is very common for books to be updated and re-released
with a new title. In this case it was done to help clarify the books contents.
The new version has an
expanded and updated resource section and updated bios. The resource section
is a unique and comprehensive overview of the services, groups, publications and activities of Pagans today.
There has already been a greater interest in the book due to the clearer title. Stores
that ignored it before (because they hadn't a clue what it was about) are now
ordering it because of the "P" word. This is ultimately a benefit to all of
us as our beautiful religion is getting out there and becoming more widely understood.
I sincerely hope that you will enjoy this updated version and will share it with your friends.
Blessings of Stone, Earth, Water, Sea, Fire, Sun, Wind and Sky.
Ellen Evert Hopman (co-author)
Ms. Hopman and Mr. Bond gave us a very memorable view of the pagan world in their book "People of the Earth: The New Pagans Speak Out". Published in 1995, it was a look at a time in the early 90's from the point of view of some of the members of that pagan culture. It was a look at those who comprised the pagan community at that time. Draw from interviews done around 1993 and 1994, many of which were done at the Starwood Festival in New York State, they were insightful and gave a picture of what paganism was at that time, at that place.
"Being a Pagan" is the re-release of this book. New title but the same material right down to the graphics and photos.
While some of you may not have had the opportunity to obtain the first book "People of the Earth", which is now out of print, this is an opportunity to obtain a new copy.
Those of you who already have "People of the Earth" may want to bypass this, as it really does not contain any relevant new material.
While this may be a wonderful look at the world of paganism in the early 90's, the pagan community has changed so much in the last ten years. This book now serves as a small window of history about an event and a time in the early pagan culture.
It's a shame that the cover does not mention this is a release of the older book. I've noticed many people upset by that fact and I feel it should have been made very clear on the front cover. The book is supposed to be "revised" but I was hard pressed to find any obvious revisions. Otherwise, it is a book worth having for its look at the pagan culture at that time.