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What Are The Best Known Pagan Paths?

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Not all Pagans are Wiccans, and not all Pagan paths are the same. From Asatru to Druidry to Celtic Reconstructionism, there are plenty of Pagan groups out there to choose from. Read on and learn about the differences and the similarities.

1. Asatru

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The Asatru tradition is a reconstructionist path that focuses on pre-Christian Norse spirituality. The movement began in the 1970s as part of a revival of Germanic paganism, and numerous Asatru groups exist in the United States and other countries.

2. Druidry/Druidism

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When most people hear the word Druid, they think of old men with long beards, wearing robes and frolicking around Stonehenge. However, the modern Druid movement is a bit different from that.

3. Egyptian Paganism/Kemetic Reconstructionism

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There are some traditions of modern Paganism that follow the structure of the ancient Egyptian religion. Typically these traditions, sometimes referred to as Kemetic Paganism or Kemetic reconstruction, follow basic principles of Egyptian spirituality such as honoring the Neteru, or deities, and finding a balance between man's needs and the natural world. For most Kemetic groups, information is gained by studying scholarly sources of information on ancient Egypt.

4. Hellenic Polytheism

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Rooted in the traditions and philosophies of the ancient Greeks, one neopagan path that has begun a resurgence is Hellenic Polytheism. Following the Greek pantheon, and often adopting the religious practices of their ancestors, Hellenes are part of the reconstructive neopagan movement.

5. Kitchen Witchery

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The phrase "kitchen witchery" is becoming more and more popular among Pagans and Wiccans. Find out what exactly kitchen witchery, or kitchen witchcraft, means and learn how you can incorporate kitchen witch practices into your daily life.

6. Pagan Reconstructionist Groups

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Most people in the Pagan and Wiccan community have heard the term "recon" or "reconstructionism." A reconstructionist, or recon, tradition is one based upon actual historical writings and attempts to literally reconstruct the practice of a specific ancient group. Let's look at some different recon groups out there in the community.

7. Religio Romana

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Religio Romana is a modern Pagan reconstructionist religion based upon the ancient faith of pre-Christian Rome. Learn about this unique spiritual path than honors the old gods in they ways they were honored thousands of years ago.

8. Stregheria

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Stregheria is a branch of modern Paganism that celebrates early Italian witchcraft. Its adherents say that their tradition has pre-Christian roots, and refer to it as La Vecchia Religione, the Old Religion. There are a number of different traditions of Stregheria, each with its own history and set of guidelines.

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