Fantasy in the study of religions: Paganism as observed and enhanced by Terry Pratchett

Harvey, Graham (2000). Fantasy in the study of religions: Paganism as observed and enhanced by Terry Pratchett. Diskus: The journal of the British Association for the Study of Religions (BASR), 6

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Abstract

Paganism, like many other religions, has generated a growing literature. While Pagans have not (yet) elevated any work to the status of scripture, and while no single text is read by all Pagans, the construction and narration of Pagan identity commonly entails reading. It is argued here that the academic study of Paganism is vitiated if it ignores imagination and humour, especially as manifest in fantasy literature. Terry Pratchett's Discworld corpus provides prime examples of such significant stories and images.

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