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Paganism
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Paganism is a blanket term used in various contexts to refer to groups who are defined by either their religious beliefs, or in some cases lack thereof. In keeping with this, there is no one universally accepted definition of "paganism", with it being used alternatively to refer to a wide variety of different groups.Paganism refers to : Pre-Christian religions of Europe, but also "Native American tradition, the tribal religions of Africa, etc... all of which were "the authentic native animistic traditions of their respective areas


The term "pagan" originated as the Latin paganus, a Latin word meanining 'peasant' or 'rural inhabitant' as opposed to a townsman. The term was used amongst early Christians in southern Europe to refer to those who were neither Christian nor Jewish; the reason for the adoption of this word by Christians is however still an area of debate amongst scholars


---------- Paleopaganism:
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A retronym coined to contrast with "Neopaganism", "original polytheistic, nature-centered faiths", such as the pre-Hellenistic Greek and pre-imperial Roman religion, pre-Migration period Germanic paganism as described by Tacitus, or Celtic polytheism as described by Julius Caesar. Among extant "major religions", Bonewits would count as Paleopagan Hinduism as it stood prior to the Islamic invasions of India, Shintoism and Taoism.


---------- Mesopaganism:
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A group, which is, or has been, significantly influenced by monotheistic, dualistic, or nontheistic worldviews, but has been able to maintain an independence of religious practices. This group includes Viking Age Norse paganism and the like.


---------- Neopaganism:
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A movement by modern people to revive nature-worshipping, pre-Christian religions, or other nature-based spiritual paths. This definition may include groups such as Neo-druidism and Wicca at the other.

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Note : The background pic is of The Parthenon in Greece



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