Walking the Worlds Vol. 6, No. 1 (Winter 2019)

February 12, 2020


The new issue of Walking the Worlds: A Biannual Journal of Polytheism and Spiritwork is now available, which includes my article “Romanticism and Polytheism: The Modern Gaze  on the Ancient and Non-Western Other,” presented at the 2020 meeting of the American Philosophical Association’s Eastern Division. Here is the abstract:

This paper investigates how Romanticism has determined the approach to the polytheisms of Western antiquity and the continuous polytheistic tradition of India. Impulses toward “Pagan” religiosity in Romantic writers should be taken seriously as challenging the established order in the West, and not merely as an aestheticized atheism. In this era, however, European attitudes toward Hinduism both classical and contemporary were crystallizing, and were informed by reaction to the twin threats of an alien civilization and an alien relationship to the foundations of Western civilization. While the Romantic position tends to elicit our sympathies, the Romantic gaze remains an ambivalent force.

I urge anyone doing work on polytheism to consider submitting it to Walking the Worlds. There are no longer theme issues, so any topic relevant to polytheisms ancient or modern, continuous, revived, or new, from anywhere or nowhere, from a theoretical or practical approach, is welcome. Join us in creating a space for polytheist thought now and for the future. Polytheism will be what you make of it. Please consult the Guidelines.

4 Responses to “Walking the Worlds Vol. 6, No. 1 (Winter 2019)”

  1. Excellent! I’m eagerly awaiting my copy, and hoping to have a piece ready to submit for the summer issue.

  2. Hurray! I’ve subscribed to the next two issues so will look forward to reading your article 🙂

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