What Is Paganism?

Today Paganism has redeemed itself among many members of the counter-culture. Fed up with the rules, restrictions and hypocrisies cropping up within contemporary religion, romantic views of the Pagan beliefs of old have taken root. Images of beautiful women with garnets of flowers in their hair celebrating around the Maypole and bearded Druids sharing the wisdom of nature, draw in folks who romanticize purer ancient ways of expressing spirituality. The definition of Pagan is “one who is neither a Christian, a Mohammedan, nor a Jew; a heathen.” Also, “an irreligious person” and “idolatrous.” While the Latin paganus means “heathen” the French Latin paganus means “civilian” or “peasant” and the French pagus means village or district.

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