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Based on ethnographic research amongst Wiccans and Pagans in Malta, this article addresses the intersection of the global and local in contemporary Paganism. It challenges the paradigm developed in scholarship of the movement which links its practitioners' motivations to a reclamation of folklore, localism, magical epistemology, and embodied religious experience. Unlike most societies where research on Neo-Paganism has been conducted, Malta is predominantly Catholic, and here also Neo-Paganism is grafted into a culture with its own indigenous traditions of magical knowledge and practice.

Despite this, Maltese Pagans tend to look outwards rather than inwards for inspiration. While seeking enchantment like Pagans everywhere, they seek it in exotic not local forms, preferring to align themselves with the global Neo-Pagan community, which offers some relief from the religious and cultural claustrophobia of a small island nation. Thus they differ from Reconstructionist Seeking pagan or heathen elsewhere in Europe which assert identities grounded in the indigenous, local, and traditional.

Unlike many of their counterparts, Maltese Pagans tend not to construct their path as antithetical to Christianity, describing Catholicism as their inherited cultural identity and Paganism as their chosen religious identity.

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The article argues that synergies between Pagansim and Catholicism facilitate a broadly transposable cultural logic between the two in the Maltese context. Authorized users may be able to access the full text articles at this site. The Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland RAI is the world's longest-established scholarly association dedicated to the furtherance of anthropology the study of humankind in its broadest and most inclusive sense.

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Ability to save and export citations. Custom alerts when new content is added. Abstract Based on ethnographic research amongst Wiccans and Pagans in Malta, this article addresses the intersection of the global and local in contemporary Paganism. Publisher Information The Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland RAI is the world's longest-established scholarly association dedicated to the furtherance of anthropology the study of humankind in its broadest and most inclusive sense.

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