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Witches’ initiation—A feminist cultural therapeutic?

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This chapter describes a particular ritual in Reclaiming, namely the infamous rite of Initiation, and discusses how this rite essentially is perceived as &t;sacred work&t; to help remould the isolated &t;I&t; into a new becoming. The ritual process attempts at destabilizing the Western theory of subjectivity as alienation and never-successful re-connection. As such, it rehearses a performative structure of sociability that intrinsically is non-sacrificial, thus welcoming the perception of the smallest feast possible as the conscious meeting and greeting between two. The chapter then discusses how a feminist version of contemporary, neopagan Witchcraft can add to the gendered field of religion and the environment as well as to feminist ritualizing in general precisely by reworking the concept and practice of initiation.

Keywords: feminist; neopagan Witchcraft



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