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Your site talks about Wicca and paganism a lot. Are they the same thing?

Paganism is a generic term for polytheistic and/or nature-revering religions, be they ancient or modern. Some people use the term neo-paganism for modern pagan religions, to distinguish them from their pre-Christian predecessors.

Some people do use the terms "Wicca" and "paganism" interchangeably, but this isn't really accurate. Wicca is one type of neo-paganism, but there are many others. Some of them are based on specific pagan cultures, such as Celtic reconstructionism, Ásatrú (Norse reconstructionism), and so on. Others are highly eclectic and modern in their focus, such as the Church of All Worlds.

Most neo-pagan religions share at least a few characteristics in common with Wicca, but they may also have many differences. Modern paganism is extremely diverse, just as ancient paganism was.

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