Embodied Eco-Paganism

Authored by: Adrian Harris

The Handbook of Contemporary Animism

Print publication date:  October  2013
Online publication date:  September  2014

Print ISBN: 9781844657117
eBook ISBN: 9781315728964
Adobe ISBN: 9781317544500

10.4324/9781315728964.ch32

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Abstract

I am an Eco-Pagan insider who became aware of the existence of a “somatic, physical knowing” through my personal practice (Harris 1996: 151). Questions about this powerful but peculiar phenomenon led me to undertake academic fieldwork among UK Eco-Pagans living at protest camps and in more conventional urban settings (Harris 2008, 2011). I found that many Eco-Pagans explain their intimate relationships with the organic environment in terms of the genius loci – the spirits of place – and I developed an embodied situated epistemology to understand this process.

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