Remnants of Paganism

There are certainly many remnants of Paganism and folk magic in traditional English, Irish and Scottish ballads, […] and I wish the cultural historians, folklorists and mythographers all the luck in the world in their attempt to unearth and analyze these fragments. But I am not on the trail of the remnants of Paganism, but of what Paganism was when it was a living religious universe: not the bones of the ancestors, but something older, and deeper – and also newer: one more unique rendition of the sophia perennis, the perennial wisdom of the human race.
Charles Upton in Folk Metaphysics p. 129

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