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The general term "paganism" is damn fuzzy. The word is latin "paganus" and means farmer, villager. In historical context these are the people whom were out of the cultural influence sphere of the great settlements and in teams of the still young and aspiring christian church those people whom still clings to the old customs of pre-crhristian traditions. Similiar is the anglo-saxon word heathen for people whom not dwelt in the settlements but upon the heath, out ouf reach of the influence of the church.

Nowaday the term is widely used for not only pre-christian spiritual traditions but also for new-age non-christian traditions like for example modern druidry, Wicca, modern witchcraft and so on.

The term itself is not only meant as an insult and degradation (from a christian point of view) but also extreme unprecise. We had some discussions about wether or not using this term and the alternatives but I don't think we achieved some consent which could be a common term within certain communities.

I think the seperation between the different spiritual traditions in europe could be accomplished with:

- european heritage (norse heritage, slavic heritage, celtic heritage, hellenic heritage, etc)

- modern traditions (druidism, witchcraft, wicca, etc)



     European Heritage

     celtic reconstrucionism



     General thoughts

     about religion and belief



Published on  31.12.2023