What makes a Pagan?

A definition of a Pagan: A follower of a polytheistic or pantheistic nature-worshipping religion.

A definition of Paganism: A polytheistic or pantheistic nature-worshipping religion.

There are many answers to this, briefly Paganism encompasses the indigenous belief of a country. So before any human-centric religions developed there were many other spiritual traditions in each country. For example Druids in Celtic countries, Shamans in many countries including Native America and Siberia, Shinto in Japan, Witchcraft and Wicca, Norse Tradition and many other traditions. We shall be developing new pages about Pagan people and their beliefs showing the wide range of Pagan beliefs and also our similarities.

The Pagan Federation from its beginning in 1971 campaigned to have Paganism recognised as a valid spiritual path and for the rights of Pagans to hold and practise their beliefs openly without fear of retribution or condemnation from those who viewed these beliefs as being evil or otherwise. The Pagan Federation has been succesful in this area. Paganism is now officially recognised. The Pagan Federation continues to work both alone and with other Pagan Organizations in promoting awareness of Paganism to individual Government departments, the general public and individual enquirers. To this end The Pagan Federation publishes various information packs about Paganism in general and the different Pagan paths that come under the general heading of Paganism. The Pagan Federation supports any Pagan, irrespective of whether they are a member or not, in times of need. This may include providing factual information in cases such as child custody disputes, supporting those suffering from harassment for being a Pagan and even providing expert witnesses or legal advice if necessary. The Pagan Federation continues to campaign or support campaigns in many areas that are of concern or interest to the majority of Pagans such as environmental issues and human rights.

The Pagan Federation was founded in 1971 to provide information on Paganism and to counter misconceptions about the religion. The Pagan Federation works for the rights of Pagans to worship freely and without censure. Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to which Britain is a signatory, states: 'Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.' The Pagan Federation publishes a quarterly journal, Pagan Dawn, (formerly The Wiccan, founded in 1968), and other publications. It arranges members-only and public events, and maintains personal contact by letter with individual members and with the wider Pagan community. Conferences and regional gatherings are held throughout the UK and in other countries.

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