Pagans, witches, Wiccans - what does it mean, and what's the difference?
The term "pagan" was coined by the Christian church to describe religions different from their own. Traditionally, paganism was practiced by a collection of pre- and non-Christian cultures in the classical world including Greco-Roman, Germanic, Celtic, and Slavic tribes.
Modern pagan religions such as Wicca and Neo-Druidism built on these ancient practices, mixing the old world with the new to create earth-based religions that, in some cases, also perform ritual magic - that is, witchcraft. So some pagans are Wiccans, but all Wiccans are pagans, and only some pagans are witches. Got it?
This list should help clear up some facts about a fascinating and often misunderstood collection of practices and beliefs.
Pagans Are Not Satanists
Both Literal and Symbolic Sex Are Part of Pagan Rituals
Most Pagans Promote Gender Equality and Sexual Openness
Pagans Believe in Many Gods and Goddesses
The Pagan Pentacle Is Not a Satanic Symbol
Modern Pagan Traditions Honor the Triple Goddess