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polytheistic religious movement, practiced in small groups by partisans of pre-Christian religious traditions such as Egyptian, Greek, Norse, and Celtic. Neopagans fall into two broad categories, nature-oriented and magical groups, and often incorporate arcane and elaborate rituals. Two of the movement's most influential thinkers were Alphonse L. Constant (1810–75) and Gerard Encausse (1865–1916).


See M. Adler, Drawing Down the Moon (1981, rev. ed. 1986); T. M. Luhrman, Pervasions of the Witch's Craft (1989); J. G. Melton and I. Poggi, Magic, Witchcraft, and Paganism in America (1992).

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Living in this small and privileged world of wealthy, liberal ennui--a world of which Brooke was frequently the center--Brooke could easily have become self-centered, egotistical, and disenchanted with the world, insofar as the world was his world of friendships and colleagues, the most important of which were associated with the "Neo-pagans." After the collapse of this group, a collapse that precipitated Brooke's nervous breakdown in the winter of 1912, one begins to understand why Brooke enthusiastically enlisted for service when war came, for, as he wrote to his one-time paramour Noel Olivier in October of 1914, he believed that the war would provide "a solution to their troubles ...
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