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Wicca and Mothering

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

Wicca is a polytheistic Neo-Pagan nature religion based on pre-Christian Pagan religious traditions and ancient god and goddess worship. Wicca became popular in the United States and Europe during the 1960s and is the largest of the Neo-Pagan religions.

Since 1975, the U.S. government has recognized Wicca as a religion protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution. Wiccans follow many different traditions and practices, either alone or in groups known as covens.

Wiccan mothers experience the same challenges and rewards as all other mothers, but also face unique challenges instructing their children in their beliefs. These beliefs include the practice of only white (good) magic, the spiritual equality of men and women, the existence of a natural universal life force, and the worship of gods and ...

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