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Book: Pagan Religions in Five Minutes

Chapter: 56. How Much of Paganism is Based on Cultural Appropriation?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.45523


Like other religions, Paganism has adapted existing traditions into new forms. It emerged from 19th century Romanticism bringing together different philosophies and mythologies. Cultural appropriation as a concept was part of the critique of colonialism in the 1970s. Often with little material to work with from their own pre-Christian traditions, many Pagans do appropriate from colonised cultures, decontextualising them in the process.

Chapter Contributors

  • Sabina Magliocco ([email protected] - sabinamagliocco) 'The University of British Columbia'