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History of Neo-Pagan Druidism, Requirement 4d

Of the following names, identify and explain the importance each has had in Neopagan history and/or the magical revival (minimum 100 words for each): Oberon Zell

Oberon Zell:

Known under a variety of names, Oberon Zell-Ravenheart has an impressive resume: not only is he constantly interviewed by anyone interested in a journalistic attempt to cover Paganism, but he also formed one of the most influential and well-publicized Neo-Pagan organizations in the United States, the Church of All Worlds, based off the fictional writings of Robert Heinlein. It is widely believed that Zell is the reason that we associate the word "Paganism" with the various nature-based religions practiced in this movement, but Adler gives the honour of first use to Kerry Thornley (Adler, 294). The usage of the word "Neo-Paganism" in the periodical Green Egg, though, popularized the term and brought identity to the various and disparate tiny covens and groups that existed primarily in isolation and (sometimes) hiding. Green Egg is probably the largest of all of Zell's (and CAW's) contributions to Neo-Paganism in general: the networking and interest in bringing information out to the public eye.

Zell is also one of the most visible spokespersons for polyamoury, and I suspect that this visibility is one of the primary reasons that polyamoury is so well accepted within Neo-Paganism.



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