Paganism is a term that covers a great number of spiritual and religious beliefs, and someone who follows one of these beliefs is known as a Pagan. Those in ancient times, who are called Pagans today, believed there was not just one god but a number of gods and goddesses. The stories from Greek mythology are famous examples from a pagan religion. Pagans usually focus on spirituality and nature, rather than on doctrines and dogma.
The word pagan (without a capital P) is often used to describe anyone who is not of the Abrahamic religions. A similar term is heathen. Today Pagan, with a capital P, often refers to people who follow Neo-Pagan religions that honour the Earth. The best known Neo-Pagan religion is Wicca. Another well-known neo-pagan faith is Druidism, but there are many other Neo-Pagan religions with different beliefs.
Some Pagan and Neo-Pagan religions
- Baltic paganism
- Celtic Reconstructionist Paganism
- Finnish Paganism
- Germanic Paganism
- Slavic Paganism
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