In Which One Midwest Man-in-Black Confers, Converses & Otherwise Hob-Nobs with his Fellow Hob-Men (& -Women) Concerning the Sundry Ways of the Famed but Ill-Starred Tribe of Witches.
If there had indeed been pagans of our kind in Europe during the Hidden Years, and
if those old paganisms had managed to survive in backwaters here and there, and
if they had undergone the usual kinds of culture loss and internal innovation, and
if the old ways had been influenced, as one would expect, by the new religion, and
if those ways had managed to survive into modern times, and
if our ancestors had brought those ways with them to the New World in their heads, their hearts, and their steamer trunks, and
if those ways had become naturalized to the local weather patterns, vegetation and wildlife, and
if those ways had been influenced by the lore both of the indigenous peoples and of other incomers, and
if those ways had survived industrialization and the Wars, and
if they had managed to come down intact to us today in the second decade of the so-called twenty-first century:
then what would our paganism look like?
Authenticity: contextual cognitive resonance.
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