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Book: Indigenous Religious Traditions in Five Minutes

Chapter: 24. Is Neo-Paganism an Indigenous religious tradition?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.43139


While Indigenous and Neo-Pagan religions share important connections such as reverence for the natural world, they also have significant differences. Indigenous religions are often location-specific, tied to particular Indigenous peoples, shaped by colonial contact, and rooted in communal obligations to human and non-human relatives. Neo-Pagan religions, and Wicca specifically, draws from multiple cultural sources and in the Americas is practiced on lands that have been dispossessed from Indigenous peoples. Indigenous and Neo-Pagan religious practitioners sometimes engage in cultural exchanges at local and international levels, but they remain distinct.

Chapter Contributors

  • Abel R. Gomez ( - abgomez) 'University of Oklahoma'