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Online Reference For Body, Mind & Spirit

Term: Paganism

DEFINITIONs:
1.  A modern religious movement that encompasses traditions which are generally earth-centered; magickal; indigenous; stress a connection to and respect for the natural world; recognize both male and female deities; encourage diversity in spiritual beliefs, practices, and lifestyles; do not operate under a centralized hierarchy; have no official or standardized dogma that extends beyond the particular tradition; and stresses personal responsibility in matters of belief, ethics, and spiritual practice.
SOURCE:  Paganism, by Joyce & River Higginbotham
2.  A term in wide use today that describes personal religious activities and constructs in which the pre-Christian deities of many lands are worshipped. Paganism is quite popular, especially among women, as it supports women clergy and is often centered on Goddess worship. Sometimes known as Neo-Paganism.
SOURCE:  Dreaming the Divine, Scott Cunningham (Llewellyn Publications)
3.  The ancient way of practicing religion that is rooted in the awe of nature, ascribing deities or qualities to the natural forces. Wicca is a form of Paganism.
SOURCE:  Sacred Path of Reiki, by Katalin Koda
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