Dance of the Sun Goddess

Pagan Folkways of the Baltic Coast

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Pub Date 26 Mar 2024 | Archive Date 02 Apr 2024

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Kenneth Johnson takes us on another magical journey in his third book with Crossed Crow, Dance of the Sun Goddess: Pagan Folkways of the Baltic Coast. This is the first easily accessible book in the English language to offer an in-depth look into the Pagan folk traditions of the Baltic Coast, the last region of Europe to be converted to Christianity. We are introduced to the goddesses and gods of this magical land, as well as seasonal and family rituals that shed a surprising light on some of the most ancient concepts of Pagan Europe. Dance of the Sun Goddess is an inspiring addition to traditional Pagan and magical practices and a must-have for anyone looking to explore some of the undiluted roots of several modern Pagan practices. Written with an engaging, yet academic tone, Johnson’s book offers a respectful, yet eye-opening insight into the old Pagan customs that have paved the way for modern Paganism.

Kenneth Johnson takes us on another magical journey in his third book with Crossed Crow, Dance of the Sun Goddess: Pagan Folkways of the Baltic Coast. This is the first easily accessible book in the...

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Part history on Eastern Europe from medieval to modern, part anthropology on the Neolithic, part compare and contrast of world myths, and part primer on Neo-paganism, Johnson takes us through all that is still known about the ancient myths, religion, and culture of the Balkans, pointing out the unique parts and the parts that are shared with so many other cultures, walking through just how long Christianity took to take over in an area that stayed firmly Pagan much longer than most, and how the typical year, holidays, seasons, and lives turned for these Pagan folks not so long ago.

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The author shows us that there are no universal beliefs in paganism and the Baltic region is the perfect illustration for this. Largely overlooked, there is a rich diversity in the mythology of the Amber Coast, containing very ancient mythological themes that echo even older myths stretching back to the neolithic era. Some of the pantheon will sound quite familiar, and the author does a beautiful job guiding the reader through the history and migration of those myths to it's origin.

Thank you to the Author & Publisher for allowing me to read this book early in return for my honest thoughts and review.

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Dance of the Sun Goddess, by Kenneth Johnson is the book of magical/ Pagan beliefs of some Eastern European countries. As a longtime practitioner of Northern European, and North American magics I was surprised and fascinated by how different there beliefs are. I recommend this for furthering your magical education, and for those wanting to connect to their magical heritage.

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The Baltic area was one of the last parts of Europe to be converted. Therefore the traditions and history of paganism there is the most recent and IMO accurate. This book is awesome! It gives pats to the Gods of the forests and shores in a doable way. The statement of the Sun being linked to a Goddess is explained . This book and the rituals just felt right to me. It sounded and felt like something my ancestors would have done as its land oriented and practical. This book is one of my favorites for actually giving ideas to practice in the real world.

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