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noun Paganism
  1. Local religions practiced before the introduction of Christianity.
Recently converted societies often dealt harshly with signs of a return to paganism.
  1. A class of religions often associated with nature rituals.
While paganism is a broad term, most forms pay close attention to the lunar and solar cycles.
Etymology: From paganismus, "heathenism", from paganus, "peasant, rural, rustic". The term was used as an insult by the early Christians to belittle what remained of the native religions.


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