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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.
10) Gregory Price Grieve, "Imagining a Virtual Religious Community: Neo-Pagans and the Internet".
Wicca is by far the best-known Neo-Pagan religion, and unfortunately this has led many Neo-Pagans and scholars of Neo-Paganism to apply the beliefs and practices of Wicca to Neo-Paganism as a whole.
But the worst thing is that this celebration has been identified with neo-pagans, satanism, and occult worship," said a statement released last Halloween on the Archdiocese of Mexico's website, according to the Associated Press.
Therefore, I incorporated data from studies of Neo-Pagans in other social science disciplines (such as anthropology and sociology), as well as literature on Paganism and Witchcraft written by practitioners.
Paxson and Williams are not going so far in their cited fictions as to depict God (and neo-pagans would not depict a single, masculine god anyway), but they are describing spiritual practices and spiritual realms that are similar, despite major dogmatic differences between Trinitarian Christianity and polytheistic paganism.
The Neo-Pagans, as the name suggests, rejected the claim of conventional morals altogether, opting for a spirit more Hellenic than Hebraic.
As Sabina Magliocco points out, about 60% of all Neo-Pagans are women.
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Moreover, the neo-pagans talk all the time about tolerance, but their intolerance is boundless.
In returning to the roots of human civilization for her survey of the mythic erotic, Husain has recultivated terrain already rediscovered by other modern harvesters of ancient lore: historic re-enactment enthusiasts, neo-pagans, folklorists, feminist anthropologists and archaeologists, poets and musicians, artists, and, in more than one sense, lovers of the ancients.