ReligionForBreakfast is another academic YouTube channel I enjoy.
Quoting some of its About page, it’s “dedicated to the academic, nonsectarian study of religion…by exploring humanity’s beliefs and rituals through an anthropological, sociological, and archaeological lens.”
This video is a break in Dr. Andrew M. Henry’s current series on Shinto. That series is the reason I now have a torii on my altar. One of my favorite series of his is the one on American Civil Religion.
The video I am sharing came out this week. It asks the question, “What is Wicca?” In this nearly 18 minute video, he covers terminology, the history of Wicca, the difference between Wicca and Witchcraft, the reason it’s so hard to count practitioners in the U.S. vs European countries, the different sects withing Wicca, the eclectic beliefs and practices, covens, and The Wheel of the Year.
Much of what he says is covered in more detail on this amazing site but I love the summary of the “faith” as a good introduction to family and friends about what I believe. Between this video and Paganism vs Christianity - Angela’s Symposium, I feel more certain in my quote from How Research Led Me To Eclectic Wicca:
I would to hear your thoughts on this timely video.
His references used for the video are listed below.
Ethan Doyle White, Wicca: History, Belief, and Community in Modern Pagan Witchcraft, (Sussex Academic Press, 2016)
Sabina Magliocco, Witching Culture: Folkore and Neopaganism in America, (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004)
Ronald Hutton, The Triump of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft, (Oxford University Press, 2019)
Leon A. van Gulik, “The Blind Moondial Makers: Creativity and Renewal in Wicca,” in Magic and Witchery in the Modern West (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)
Patricia Iolana, “Pagan Scholarship from a Pagan Perspective,” Religious Studies Project.
Edit: added in the link. lol