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polytheistic religious movement, practiced in small groups by partisans of pre-Christian religious traditions such as Egyptian, Greek, Norse, and Celtic. Neopagans fall into two broad categories, nature-oriented and magical groups, and often incorporate arcane and elaborate rituals. Two of the movement's most influential thinkers were Alphonse L. Constant (1810–75) and Gerard Encausse (1865–1916).


See M. Adler, Drawing Down the Moon (1981, rev. ed. 1986); T. M. Luhrman, Pervasions of the Witch's Craft (1989); J. G. Melton and I. Poggi, Magic, Witchcraft, and Paganism in America (1992).

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Similarly, the discussion of neo-pagan elements in Buffy the Vampire Slayer describes the fictitious world's view of Wicca (in which ceremonial magick invokes the aid of supernatural forces) and the characters' acceptance of this path, but makes no attempt to discuss this same religion in the real world.
The American and Australian case studies are well known in the UK, and with an academic and professional emphasis on ethical debate it is no surprise that British neo-pagans are putting forward their own interests (see Restall Orr & Bienkowski 2006; Randerson 2007; Smith & May 2007).
Unlike Native Americans, neo-pagans do not have a separate and distinct view of the past but have reinterpreted the information available within a modern cultural context.
8 percent of respondents to their survey of American Neo-Pagans identified as white; the studies reviewed by Carpenter (1996) generally found that a majority of Pagans were of European descent.
This is not surprising since Paxson is a leader of a neo-pagan coven in California.
To Noel Olivier the lines of social and cultural distinction between Virginia Woolf's distinguished family and those of the Limpsfield socialists and Neo-Pagans remained all too palpable.
Sabina Magliocco's Witching Culture--lucid evidence of the growing popularity of neo-pagan topics in North America and the academic world in particular--explores modern Neo-Paganism as a complex cultural phenomenon.
Moreover, the neo-pagans talk all the time about tolerance, but their intolerance is boundless.
But to those who believe in the spiritual significance of all full moons, including Wiccans and neo-pagans, the event could be a chance to reap positive energy from the confluence to carry into the new year.
These statements were made by officials of the World Health Organization, not by anti-rational neo-pagans with an anti-American attitude and a socialist agenda--the "Wise Use" stereotype of an environmentalist.
Services often include guitar playing, and explore the beliefs of neo-pagans, Hindus, Buddhists and American Indians.