Im interested in studying pagan religions any suggestions?

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Im agnostic and i just finished studying satanism and am currently studying Christianity. As my next step i want to study some pagan religions particularly Shamanism. Does anyone know any good sources.

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Claire in NYC

I would do some research into the religion of the Aztecs.

Ruth Aravah, JPA

1)Ignore the fundies saying you’ll go to hell and are opening yourself up to demons. We don’t believe in either.
2)Get the book: Wicca, a Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham ( used books is a great resource)
3)Avoid Silver Ravenwolf, DJ Conway and most Llewellyn books
4)Do NOT pay for lessons over the internet. You can’t ask for references. Do NOT give out personal information to anyone over the internet. Get a PO Box.
6)Learn and keep learning about various paths in paganism.
7) get the book: “Drawing Down the Moon” by Margo Adler (an older book that’s a little dated, especially concerning Asatru but a good resource) – it gives an overview on a lot of pagan traditions. Might help you narrow things down.
Michael Horner’s: Way of the Shaman


Dan -E-

Kymatica is a movie that was inspired by Shamanism.

La Nokta Besto

For Shamanism, try Michael Harner’s books. He’s an anthropologist and founder of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies.

Sapphire R

there are tons of books on the subject. i’d start there but there are also groups online you can join with people you can talk to if you have any questions
one of my first books was actually the idiots guide to Paganism its pretty basic and easy to read then you can move on to more specific books once you pick wich path is for you.

twin bladed

for pagan religions there are many different books that you can buy online and other information you can find. there are very many different pagan religions but i am sure you could find what you wanted. THOUGH FOR OTHER THINGS LIKE THE OCCULT, A BUNCH OF RELIGIONS, AND CULTS I WOULD DEFINITELY SUGGEST A PROGRAM CALL *QUICKVERSE 2009″. its got almost everything that you wanted to know about a bunch of stuff. plus its got almost every holy book known to man. I LOVE THE PROGRAM!!!!! i use it for my religious studies. i like studying them all too.

Lisa G

Wait. What KIND of shamanism? Native american, eskimo, ancient egyptian, african, australian..?
There’s as many kinds of shamanism as there are pagan religions. They have a bit in common with each other, but their differences are very, very obvious when you start getting into reading up on them.
Harner is actually a good person to read (like the other two have suggested). IF you’re going with native american.


You’ve gotten really good advice from some of the others – stuff I would have told you, too. I just want to say, there is no single way to look at any of the Pagan beliefs, so look at as many different sources as you can. Witchvox is definitely a good place to start because not only can they help point you to different sources of information, you talk to people walking the different paths and find people in your area.
As someone who did as you’re doing, I wish you the absolute best. And never stop learning about as much as you can!


A really random book I read that would be good to read in between your Christian studies and Paganism studies is “The Jesus Mysteries”. It is an interesting read… It points out a lot of “stolen ideas” in Christianity (from many pagan religions).


Well, it depends. The easiest religions to look up first in the pagan realm would be Hinduism, Buddhism, and Wicca, as they have the most publications out. After that would probably be the Celtic stuff and some Asatru. It’s hard to find stuff on Shamanism, because it technically doesn’t fall under one specific religion (if I’m correct…).
Perusing your bookstore shelves is the best bet to find an idea where to go next.


Pagans and Christians by Robin Lane Fox is a good read but long. It’s about the interactions of pagans and Christians in the 1st few centuries after Christ’s death. Otherwise I’d suggest attending a spring or summer festival if you want to learn more about the various types of paganism.
I’m not a fan of Shamanism. It is more suited to indigenous people.

Lone Ranger
Mr. Peter

I’m extremely interested in one of first religions ever recorded in human history. I forget what it was called but it worshiped fire as god.

Oracle Blackrose ( Pagan )

Druidism is a great pagan path to study.
basically Paganism is anything that’s not associated with Christianity.

Priestess Jean

Do you think you’ll find out the truth, or maybe
just read a bunch of bullcrap on the internet ?



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