Larisa A. White (née Larisa Naples) spends her time exploring the ways in which people relate –– or fail to relate –– across nations and cultures, landscapes and species. Her writing projects have ranged from screenplays for animated films (Bee Mine / Logline: Bee meets girl. / Winner, Short Script Competition, 2005 Los Angeles International Short Film Festival) to acclaimed academic studies (World Druidry: A Globalizing Path of Nature Spirituality / an exploration of how modern Druids relate to their local landscapes). While her academic credentials prepared her for a life in academia, she prefers to write things that people will enjoy reading. At present, she is developing the eco-fiction mini-series, Tales of the Primordial Mountain.
Larisa was raised as a global nomad, relocating every two years, as her father designed international airports. Rather than becoming rooted in one place, she spent her childhood bridging gaps between cultures, always looking in from outside. She learned local languages, attended local schools, participated in local religious celebrations, and adapted to local customs. She learned to blend in, but never to fit in, not even in her passport country. To this day, she remains a maverick, always questioning, always learning, and always thinking differently.
She currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she spends her free time with her husband and son, building wildlife habitats, and restoring native ecosystems.
World Druidry: A Globalizing Path of Nature Spirituality
Mythic images of moonlit oak forests, and sickle-wielding, white-robed sages abound. But is there really such a thing as a modern-day Druid? If so, what do modern-day Druids believe? What are their religious and spiritual practices? How do their beliefs and practices vary across countries, cultures, and regional landscapes? What, if anything, do the Druids of the world have in common?
Easy to read, and richly illustrated with hundreds of direct quotations from practicing Druids around the world, "World Druidry" presents the findings of the World Druidry Survey of 2018-2020, the first rigorous, sociological study of contemporary Druidry as an international religious tradition. What does it really mean to be a Druid, circa 2020 c.e.? Read, and discover.