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Book: Pagan Religions in Five Minutes

Chapter: 3. What is the Difference between Pagan, pagan, Paganism and neo-Paganism?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.45470


"Paganism", "pagan", "Pagan", and "neo-Paganism" have different meanings and
connotations within spiritual communities. Capitalisation distinguishes self-identification
from historical references. "Neo-Paganism" differentiated modern movements from ancient practices. The modern usage of "Pagan" reflects traditions that celebrate the Earth and senses. Misuse of these terms can reveal dismissive attitudes. The current trend is to be more inclusive and respectful, acknowledging individual and communal identities
connected to Nature and sensuality.

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