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Wiccan Project One


Michelle Mitchell

on 11 April 2013

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Transcript of Wiccan Project One

Wicca Revealed by Michelle I. Mitchell
April 2013 Presentation Outline Project Outline
Brief background of project
Literature review
Brief history
Methods and sources
Research process
Data input
Data analysis
Further Study
Questions Covens in South Florida Aliester Crowley Starhawk Gerald Gardner People who influenced the Wiccan movement. Brief History Wicca was born out of a combination of British Occult practices and nature worship cultivated in the 1800's.
American Spiritualism 1800's
Gerald Gardner 1940's
America 1950's Literature Review Research Process Data Input Inputting data into Nvivo 10 for analyzation Observation
Observation as an observer
Observation as a participant Interviewing Memos
Transcriptions Documents Newspaper Articles from Sun Sentinel and Miami Herald 1980 to present
Musical Lyrics Objects/Songs Pictures of household items
Pictures of ritual items
Songs used in ritual Data analysis Challenges Detecting what is mundane and what is sacred

Access to secret information

Understanding ideas found in data Further Study Ethnohistory of Gardnerian Wiccan in South Florida

How Gardnerian Wicca fits into American society

A deeper look at the structure of Gardnerian Wicca Conclusions References Method

Grounded Theory

1) Coding the texts for themes
2) Linking themes into theoretical models
3) Displaying and validating the models
-Bernard Sources: In 2001, there was an estimate of 134,000 Wiccans in America.
In 2008, there was an estimate of 342,000 Wiccans in America.
With that growth rate, there may be over a million Wiccans in America today. Coven B = Coven in Broward

Coven M = Coven in Miami-Dade This project looks at the hidden character of Wiccan Covens. Wiccans consider symbolic objects as sacred. Piecing the triangulation together: Themes found
Animals Pagan Ethnologies

Helen Berger
A Community of Witches

Sarah Pike
Earthly Bodies, Magical Selves
New Age and Neopagan Religions in America

Sabina Magliocco
Witching Culture Objects Music Methods and Sources Values found
Goddess represents driving force of existence
God represents life force on earth Hidden Nature
Most music and objects blend in
Symbolism inside objects Albanese, Catherine L.
1990 Nature Religion in America: from the Algonkian Indians to the New Age. Chicago:
University of Chicago Press.
Berger, Helen A.
1999 A Community of Witches Contemporary Neo-Paganism and Witchcraft in the United
States. Columbia, S.C.: University of South Carolina Press.
Bernard, H. Russell
2011 Research Methods in Anthropology: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches.
London: AltaMira Press.
Geertz, Clifford
2000, 1973 The Interpretation of Cultures: Selected Essays. New York: Basic Books.
Magliocco, Sabina
2004 Witching Culture: Folklore and Neo-Paganism in America. Philadelphia, Pa.:
University of Pennsylvania Press.
Pike, Sarah M.
2001 Earthly Bodies, Magical Selves Contemporary Pagans and the Search for Community.
Berkeley, Ca: University of California Press. WE ARE NOT GOING TO LET PAGANS CLAIM EQUAL FOOTING
Sun-Sentinel - Friday, June 18, 1999
Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL) - Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Author: DeeDee Correll Tribune Newspapers CALENDAR
Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL) - Sunday, April 10, 2011

"Rockin' with the Old Gods," pagan concert, 3 p.m. April 23 at May Day festival at Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Lauderdale, 3970 NW 21st Ave., Oakland Park. Performing: Witch's Mark, a Wiccan -pagan band. Bring non-perishable foods for donation to Cooperative Feeding Program of Broward County. Newspapers Background Research Newspapers Access Informal Interviews Data Nvivo10 Review everything Coven M - High Priest Coven B - High Priestess Rituals Photos of objects Obtained music http://www.oldfortlauderdale.org/ Collections Manager Christopher Barfield
954-463-4431 ext. 20. Coven M - member since 2006 Coven M - High Priest Fort Lauderdale Historic Society http://wolfmoongrove.com/ http://emlc.net/ Pagan Ethnologies Local Information Online Databases:
Sun Sentinel Mainstream prejudice made Wiccans go into hiding So they devised a wy to hide their symbols in plain sight Nature, animals, plants Folk music or live music Clifford Geertz
Interpretation of Cultures
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