Peg, you may know those things about Robert Graves, Edward Williams/Iolo Morgannwg, and the so-called "burning times". On the other hand, this post seems to presuppose some version of the Murray thesis, and seems to assume that all pre-Christian religions were based on the same set of presuppositions, identified as "worship of the land, the food giver, the earth mother, and respect for the seasons, celebrating the coming of spring, equinoxes, and the turn of the year" as an integral part of the rural life". As Joe Offer pointed out, such statements sometimes (not necessarily in this case) carry the additional implication that Christianity and Judaism have nothing, or only bad things, to say about the land, the seasons, and other matters that are "an integral part of rurual life".
This post quotes the figure of nine million for the number of victims of 17-th century witch hunts, a number that, as far as I can find out, was pulled out of a hat by Matilda J. Gage in the 1890s.
When others tire of this thread, they will stop posting to it, just as I will stop posting to it when I tire of it.
P.S. Peg, you may have tired of MY posts, but I think yours have been high points of this thread. T.