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ANALYSIS: 'Pagan' is getting a makeover. Not everyone got the memo. - Religion News Service

ANALYSIS: 'Pagan' is getting a makeover. Not everyone got the memo. - Religion News Service | Contemporary Paganism | Scoop.it
ANALYSIS: 'Pagan' is getting a makeover. Not everyone got the memo.
Religion News Service
(RNS) Is calling someone a “pagan” a bad thing or a badge of honor? Do we even know what the term means?
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Pagan Students Gather Signatures to Gain Society Status

Pagan Students Gather Signatures to Gain Society Status | Contemporary Paganism | Scoop.it
The group are currently collecting 200 signatures to bring to the CSC.
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ASU students celebrate the holiday of Samhain

ASU students celebrate the holiday of Samhain | Contemporary Paganism | Scoop.it
The ASU Pagan Student Alliance and other Arizona Pagan organizations this week celebrate Samhain, the Celtic holiday of harvest, spirits and ancestors. 
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The roots of Halloween: Saskatoon witch explains Wiccan festival of Samhain

The roots of Halloween: Saskatoon witch explains Wiccan festival of Samhain | Contemporary Paganism | Scoop.it
While many Saskatchewan residents are getting ready to play make-believe with costumes and haunted houses for Halloween, Saskatoon witch Ave Riddler will be preparing for an event she believes will bring humans closer to real spirits.
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My First Pagan Sabbath: A Look at Montclair’s Witch and Druid Community

My First Pagan Sabbath: A Look at Montclair’s Witch and Druid Community | Contemporary Paganism | Scoop.it
There were no broomsticks or long black robes. Instead, we found ourselves in a circle of metal folding chairs, gathered with a group of strangers who couldn’t seem to stop cracking jokes with each other. If it weren’t for the spare altar topped with candles, pomegranate seeds, and a rune effigy of the Goddess, you might not even know this was a pagan affair.
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Athens Area Pagans to host Athens Pagan Pride Day

Athens Area Pagans to host Athens Pagan Pride Day | Contemporary Paganism | Scoop.it
On Saturday, Oct. 7 from 5 to 10 p.m., Athens Area Pagans will come together to present Athens Pagan Pride Day, an event that allows the Athens community to explore
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A witch-themed store opens in eastern Lawrence to serve a growing pagan population

A witch-themed store opens in eastern Lawrence to serve a growing pagan population | Contemporary Paganism | Scoop.it
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Whispering Lake Grove Celebrates Harvest Tide

Whispering Lake Grove Celebrates Harvest Tide | Contemporary Paganism | Scoop.it
It showcased the talents of the area's pagan community. Their goal is to share common ground and express views about their traditions.
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Eugene area Pagans gather to mark fall harvest with drums, dancing and magic rituals

Eugene area Pagans gather to mark fall harvest with drums, dancing and magic rituals | Contemporary Paganism | Scoop.it
Pagans, witches and Wiccans gathered Sunday in Alton Baker Park for the second annual Eugene Pagan Pride Day, an event to celebrate the fall harvest and educate the community about pagan spiritualism. Groups of children ran barefoot through the grass, waving wands with one hand and clutching soft pretzels in the other. Drum circles provided the beat while women in long skirts and flower crowns danced free-form.
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Discovering Burque’s Pagan community

Discovering Burque’s Pagan community | Contemporary Paganism | Scoop.it
Weekly Alibi spoke with two locals, both involved in putting on the upcoming Pagan Pride Day, about one of the spiritual paths most closely aligned with the changing of the seasons.
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Pagan Pride Day welcomes all, works to promote religion

Pagan Pride Day welcomes all, works to promote religion | Contemporary Paganism | Scoop.it
The event celebrates Paganism, but also acts as a way to educate and demonstrate what the religion is about.
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Iceland's first pagan temple in 1000 years ready in late 2018

Iceland's first pagan temple in 1000 years ready in late 2018 | Contemporary Paganism | Scoop.it

The Ásatrú temple in Öskjuhlíð in Reykjavik will be ready in the latter part of next year. There's been a break in construction of the temple but construction will begin again in January.

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Loved gerbil gets Viking-style funeral down Somerset river

Loved gerbil gets Viking-style funeral down Somerset river | Contemporary Paganism | Scoop.it
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Kern group gathers, seeks to dispel misconceptions about pagans, holiday

Kern group gathers, seeks to dispel misconceptions about pagans, holiday | Contemporary Paganism | Scoop.it

For some residents of Bakersfield and Kern County, Oct. 31 is a time of somberness and remembrance, rather than trick-or-treating or pumpkin carving. 

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Modern Paganism: Defining a new normal

Modern Paganism: Defining a new normal | Contemporary Paganism | Scoop.it
There’s no doubt that the world has a lot of conflicting opinions about Paganism.
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Out of the Broom Closet: DC Witches in Their Own Words

Out of the Broom Closet: DC Witches in Their Own Words | Contemporary Paganism | Scoop.it
A growing number of witches and Wiccans are coming "out of the broom closet" and fighting misinformation.
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Obligatory "real witch" coverage, just in time for Halloween. Still a nice effort.
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Inside an Ancient Pagan Ritual That Makes Men Become Monsters

An ancient ceremony in the heart of a wild country celebrates the rebirth of spring.
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Witches face centuries-old stigma

Witches face centuries-old stigma | Contemporary Paganism | Scoop.it
Every time I tell someone I am a witch I get strange looks followed up by a question as to whether I worship Satan, hex or curse people frequently or if I have experienced the light and savior of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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3,000-item pagan library sheds light on an often-misunderstood religion

3,000-item pagan library sheds light on an often-misunderstood religion | Contemporary Paganism | Scoop.it
Its diversity of beliefs and traditions make the pagan community difficult to describe.
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Louisiana Purpose Project: to serve family and my Goddess

Shreveport resident and pagan Ilsa Plaisance shares her purpose of serving her family and her goddess, Holde.
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‘What is Paganism?’: Pagan Pride Day gives visibility to religious beliefs in Eugene

‘What is Paganism?’: Pagan Pride Day gives visibility to religious beliefs in Eugene | Contemporary Paganism | Scoop.it
The Pagan community in Eugene includes a particularly spiritual individual named “Elan” who said there are a lot of people who have a lot of strange ideas about what being a Pagan is.
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Festival celebrates, educates public on Pagan culture

Festival celebrates, educates public on Pagan culture | Contemporary Paganism | Scoop.it
Everyone was gathered in a circle as a dark-haired man spoke surrounded by another man in a black robe to the left and a woman in a brown robe to the right. Both of the people at his sides were very tall– or at least had the appearance of tall by the long robes they wore.
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We Hung out with Metal Pagans at a Viking Cemetery

We Hung out with Metal Pagans at a Viking Cemetery | Contemporary Paganism | Scoop.it
The Norwegian festival Midgardsblot unites heavy metal with pagan culture and history. We spoke to some of the festival-goers.
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