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Book: The Spider Dance

Chapter: Preface

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.40110


Outlines the main research questions, arguments, and interventions of my ethnography in regard to current anthropological debates and related fields. Subsequent chapters are named for some of the Major Arcana of the Tarot: a divinatory practice widespread among Wiccans, New Age practitioners, and contemporary Pagans—and sed by the women of the cerchio. The “Journey of the Fool” in the Tarot is used metaphorically to describe the author's own ethnographic journey and as an explanatory element to introduce the “expanded present” historicity.

Chapter Contributors

  • Giovanna Parmigiani ([email protected] - giovannaparmigiani) 'Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University'