‘Everyone’s a pagan now’
From morris dancers in mirror shades to green activists getting in touch with their spiritual side, paganism is going mainstream. Cole Moreton reports on a new national faith
Cole Moreton - 22 June 2009
Look out, here come the pagans. It’s late May in central London and a man dressed as a tree, a witch in a velvet robe and a woman pretending to be a raven with a long black beak are dancing through the streets of Holborn, with several hundred others, moving to the rhythm of a dozen loud drums. They could wake the god of thunder with their noise but it’s OK, the people at the back with the broadswords and shields are followers of Thor. This is a parade to celebrate pagan pride, and it would be wise not to get in the way.
“We are moving into a new time,” says the leader, brandishing a huge set of antlers. “We are becoming more accepted. Paganism is reasserting itself.”