How To Find Out More About Pagan Belief
Paganism is an umbrella term for the fasting growing belief in the Western world. In many people’s minds, this trend has sinister undertones and they become concerned for children and family members who profess to be following what is often termed as an alternative religion. But exactly what is paganism, and how can we discover more about it?
Firstly, it is necessary to define what pagans are not as well as what they are. Pagans are not sexual deviants, do not worship the devil, are not evil, do not practice ‘black magic’ and their practices do not involve harming people or animals.
Paganism describes a group of contemporary or revivalist religions based on a reverence for Nature, and draws on the traditional religions of indigenous peoples throughout the world.
Paganism encompasses a diverse community including Wiccans, Druids and Northern (Norse) Traditions. Some groups concentrate on specific traditions or practices such as shamanism, earth mysteries, witchcraft or revivalist Celtic traditions.
The majority of pagans share an ecological commitment that comes from the belief in the spirituality of the natural world.
Although the Pagan Federation of Great Britain have no precise figures, in 2002 they estimated that the number of pagans in the British Isles was between 50,000 and 200,000.
Anyone wanting to know more about paganism can contact the Pagan Federation, who are only too willing to allay any fears or misapprehension parents or teachers may have about a teenager’s interest in the subject. Founded in 1971 the Pagan Federation ensures that pagans have the same rights as the followers of other beliefs and religions and aims to provide information on pagan beliefs to the media, official bodies and the greater community.