Most influential books written since 2000?
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But looking forward, I was wondering which recent books people believe are – or will prove to be – the most influential. Which books written from 2000 to the present do you consider to be game changers? Are they for Paganism in general or your particular path?
Here are a few that pop into my head:
• Her Hidden Children by Chas Clifton
• Evolutionary Witchcraft by T. Thorne Coyle
• Pagan Theology by Michael York – though not without debate, this brought Paganism into a college-level text
• I suspect one or more books by Brendan Myers should be added, but they are still on my to-read list so I can’t say for sure.
For my primary path (Avalonian), the following books have been a blessing:
• The Apple Branch by Alexie Kondratiev
• New translations of medieval texts such as Sioned Davies’ The Mabinogian and Simon Artimage’s Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and The Death of King Arthur. (I feel these make the stories more approachable to modern readers without watering them down and/or bring back the poetry that is so often lost in translations.)
Cunning-Folk and Familiar Spirits: Shamanistic Visionary Traditions in Early Modern British Witchcraft and Magic by Emma Wilby;
the translation of The Tain by Ciaron Carson;
The Book of the Cailleach: Stories of the Wise Woman Healer by Gearóid Ó Crualaoich; and
The Biography of the Irish God of the Sea from the Voyage of Bran (700 A. D.) to Finnegan's Wake (1939): The Waves of Manannán (Studies in Irish Literature, 13) by Charles W. Macquarrie.
I follow a particular path, so tend not to read books on general paganism any more. So, the books I might find relevant and significant may not have an impact on the rest of the pagan world.
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