Field Report: Doing Ritual, Doing Time

Authors

  • Wendy Griffin California State University, Long Beach

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/pome.v11i2.260

Keywords:

Pagan, Prison, Goddess, Women, Ethnography

Abstract

According to Susan Van Baalen, former Director of the Federal Prison Chaplaincy Program, most women in prison have never seen a “free” Pagan, one who is not and has never been incarcerated. Yet, she states that Pagan Spirituality, in particular Wicca, is a growing phenomenon in women’s prisons in the United States. This paper explores the spiritual needs of Pagan women prisoners and is based on interviews with Pagan prison chaplains and the author’s self-reflective, ethnographic field notes from a visit inside a medium security federal penitentiary where Pagan women have created “sacred space” and perform rituals invoking the Goddess.

Author Biography

Wendy Griffin, California State University, Long Beach

Professor Emerita Dept. of Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies California State University, Long Beach

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Published

2010-03-25

How to Cite

Griffin, W. (2010). Field Report: Doing Ritual, Doing Time. Pomegranate, 11(2), 260-278. https://doi.org/10.1558/pome.v11i2.260

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