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Book: Pagan Religions in Five Minutes

Chapter: 54. Can Paganism be Applied to non-European Religions, Such as Shinto?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.45521


As the term Pagan, both historically and more recently as a reclaimed term, emerged in Europe, most scholars agree that it should only be applied to Western traditions. However, there are similarities in beliefs and practices to Paganism in other parts of the world but care ought to be taken in the case of applying the term to non-Western and Indigenous practices as this can be regarded as a form of colonialism.

Chapter Contributors

  • Douglas Ezzy ([email protected] - douglasezzy) 'School of Social Sciences, University of Tasmania'