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Paganism (New Paganism) and Mothering

  • By: Marcella Bush
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

New Paganism, also known as Modern Paganism or Neo-Paganism, is an umbrella term that refers to a variety of Earth-based religious sects emphasizing harmony with nature. The term pagan has its origins in the Latin word for a rural or country dweller and historically was used by early Christians to describe those who maintained their old religious beliefs rather than adopt the Christian faith. Heathen is another historical term that is sometimes applied to New Pagans. New Pagans, like their historical counterparts, are polytheistic, meaning they worship more than one god. It rose in popularity in the United States and Europe in the 1960s, linked to larger movements such as the counterculture, the New Age movement, environmentalism, and feminism. New Pagan mothers' attitudes toward child ...

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