Approaching Paganism- What and Why?

The Lefthander's Path

Now and then after I mention my religion on Facebook, Meetup or heck, in person someone asks me to tell them more about Paganism, simply out of general curiosity or because they are interested in exploring it themselves. I’ve referred a couple people to the Four Centers of Paganism article by John Beckett.

I’ll start with Pagan Pride’s definition which I feel is broad enough to be inclusive, but not meaningless as non-Abrahamic religion tends to be.

A Pagan or NeoPagan is someone who self-identifies as a Pagan, and whose spiritual or religious practice or belief fits into one or more of the following categories:

  • Honoring, revering, or worshipping a Deity or Deities found in pre-Christian, classical, aboriginal, or tribal mythology; and/or
  • Practicing religion or spirituality based upon shamanism, shamanic, or magickal practices; and/or
  • Creating new religion based on past Pagan religions and/or futuristic views of society, community, and/or ecology;

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