Paganism derives from the Latin word “paganus” which was revived during the Renaissance. “Paganus” was developed from the classical Latin “pagus” which meant “region bounded by markers”. “It also meant” village dweller “,” villager “and” ignorant. “Paganism is a term used to refer to people who are pagans or those who lack a clear religious group such as Christianity, Islam and others .
History of Paganism
Paganism was initially used by Christians in the Roman Empire in the fourth century in reference to people who were either polytheists or who lived in the countryside and had not been converted to Christianity. Therefore, it was used to affect them to imply their inferiority. Historically, the term “paganism” has been used to reduce the status of other religious beliefs or “peasants”. During and after the Middle Ages, paganism meant believing in minor gods or non-Abrahamic beliefs. The term was passed down and during the nineteenth century it was used by people who embraced art or ancient beliefs while in the 20th century there were people who proclaimed themselves for Neopaganism (or modern Paganism).
Modern paganism (neopaganism) is a form of paganism that incorporates beliefs differently from the main religions of the world, such as the cult of nature. Neopaganism draws its beliefs from ancient sources such as archaeological finds, historical accounts of ancient writers and records of field research on anthropology, among others. Furthermore, there are different types of paganism depending on the number of gods they worship. They are either monotheists, polytheists or animists.
Countries with large populations of pagans
Neopaganism is widespread throughout the world mainly in the Near East, North Africa and Europe. Their beliefs are based on pre-Christian, pre-Judaism and pre-Islamic among other religions. Religion spread from the beginning of the 20th century mainly due to the freedom of religion and the decline of Christianity in Europe and America. However, due to the secrecy involved, membership and the exact number of pagans worldwide have not been recovered. Some of the countries believed to have more pagan groups include America, the United Kingdom, Germany, Russia and Australia.
In North America, mainly in the United States, there are many pagan groups with members that mainly include those who live in urban, educated and bourgeois areas. However, there are no exact statistics on these groups since the government does not collect this information. In the United Kingdom, pagan groups are classified as Druids, Wiccan or Heathens and are widespread throughout the country. The groups are located throughout the United Kingdom in Scotland, Ireland and England, among other countries in the United Kingdom.
Heathen is a pagan group that is found in many parts of Germany. The group bases their beliefs on German mythologies as the belief that the earth is found in a large tree of the world called “Yggdrasil”. Other countries such as Australia, Canada, Turkey and Russia also host a significant number of pagan societies.
Other facts about paganism
Although paganism has received significant membership, its spread is hampered by the fact that there are no active propagations of religion with respect to the main religions. Furthermore, paganism derives mainly from the traditional, cultural and historical origins of the given communities. Most pagan societies believe in myths and witchcraft. Most members have the idea that witchcraft is an art and a scientific skill.