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Patricia Monaghan

Patricia Monaghan*

Earth Spirituality Writer

Patricia Monaghan was a professor of interdisciplinary studies at the School for New Learning at DePaul University. She penned more than 20 books. The work with which her name is synonymous is The Book of Goddesses and Heroines, which evolved into the two-volume The Encyclopedia of Goddesses and Heroines. It has been in print continuously since 1981.

“Paganism recognizes that we are dependent on the earth. We cannot just take; we must also give back. It’s not a “woo woo” kind of thing, as many people believe. Rather, pagan rituals celebrate life.”

*Patricia Monaghan died in November 2012, 17 months after she was interviewed for Bright Lights of the Second City.