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June 26, 2008

Neopaganism growing fast

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

According to The Denver Post the number of Neopagans, both adherents to reconstructionistic, Wiccan and eclectic movements, is exploding in contemporary religious panorama of Western postmodern and postchristian societies.

A study realized by the Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance analyses that their number doubles every 18 months in the United States, Canada and Europe. Neopaganism is one of the fastest-growing religious movements in these countries, with 0.4 percent of the population identifying themselves as Neopagan in The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life’s 2007 survey taken in USA.

The Neopagan religions, among which Wicca, Celtism (Celtic-based movements), Heathenism (Germanic-based), Dodekatheism (Hellenic-based), Kemetism (Egyptian-based) and Rodnovery (Slavic-based movements), attract more and more converts especially among younger generations.

According to the studies, people are rejecting traditional religions because of their “autocracy, paternalism, anti-humanism and anti-environmentalism” while approaching to Nature-based religions.

Sources

  • Electa Draper. Neopaganism growing quickly. The Denver Post. 06/26/2008
  • B.A. Robinson. How many Wiccans are there?. Religious Tolerance.
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