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Research Paper On Wicca

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Paganism is the oldest ‘religion’ or form of worship that existed in the world. By general definition, anyone who does not follow one of the mainstream religions is a Pagan (i.e. anyone who does not believe in one God). Pagans look after the Mother Earth, usually worship a number of deities – both feminine and masculine.

Witchcraft is not a religion – it is a craft practised by witches and wizards. It is often referred to as a ‘craft of the wise’. This is because traditionally, the wise woman (or man) who lived closer to the woods or nature, would know all the herbs growing nearby. They would use those herbs to heal others.
Finally, Wicca is a new age religion – created about 60 years ago by Gerald
Gardner. Wicca comprises a lot of witchcraft traditions, pagan rituals and brings it
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It is often referred to as religion of the witches.
Unlike paganism and witchcraft, which do not have set of rules to follow – Wicca is organised and has a form of a doctrine that needs to be followed to call oneself a
Wiccan.

The three terms are often used interchangeably, but in reality they’re not the same.
Every Wiccan is a Pagan. This is because Wicca falls into definition of Paganism. It does not follow one God.
Having said that NOT every pagan is a Wiccan. There are many other paths such as Druidism, Native American, Goddess Spirituality to name a few. Some pagans may follow an eclectic form – meaning a mix of various religions.
Finally, most Wiccans are witches. In fact in some sources I read that every Wiccan is a witch. I have friends who are Wiccan, but do not follow the craft, and therefore
I’ll go with most Wiccans are probably witches.

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Basic Wicca – 1 – Wicca, Witchcraft, Paganism Research – Suzann
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