paganism

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EtymologyEdit

From Latin paganismus (heathenism), from paganus (peasant, rural, rustic). The term was used pejoratively by early Muslims and Christians to belittle what remained of the native religions.

NounEdit

paganism (countable and uncountable, plural paganisms)

  1. Indigenous and polytheistic religions.
    Most people in that region practise their own form of paganism.
  2. A class of religions often associated with nature rituals.
    While paganism is a broad term, most forms pay close attention to the lunar and solar cycles.

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Last modified on 10 January 2014, at 14:47