Put basically, any religion with more than
one god, otherwise
known as polytheism. Usually nature based, but not necessarily in a hippy "flower power" way. The term Pagan is usually applied to the old European pre-Christian religions of the Greeks/Romans, the Germanic tribes
(such as the Vikings, Saxons and Danes etc) and the Celtic tribes
. Wicca is a more modern blend
of Paganism, that includes elements
of all the above religions. Pagans can be found in all walks
of life, from the Hippies through to Neo-Nazi groups and all in between. This goes to show that there are many forms
and beliefs within Paganism.
Anton LaVey's form of Satanism
includes many elements
of paganism, almost an anti-Wicca.
attempt to hide their religion
from their peers as pagans
have been persecuted since the early days of Christianity, and as such some tend to have anti-Christian views.
said, if they are known pagans
, most pagans will
quite gladly give time
to help out people starting out on the pagan path and will
talk to non-pagans
about their views and beliefs.