Neopaganism (sometimes Neo-Paganism, meaning "New Paganism") is a heterogeneous group of religions which attempt to revive ancient, mainly European pre-Christian religions. Most Neopagans stress connections with older forms of Paganism, sometimes in terms of "underground" continuity.

Neopaganist beliefs and practices are extremely diverse, and tend towards syncretic melding of once-diverse practices and beliefs. It has been said that there are as many Neopagan belief systems as there are Neopagans. However, while Neopaganism tends towards individualism, many adherents share a body of common precepts, including a reverence for nature or active ecology, Goddess and/or Horned God veneration, use of ancient mythologies, the belief in "magick," and often the belief in reincarnation.

Distribution of Adherents

As of 2001, the University of New York estimated that some 140,000 people in the USA self-identify as "Pagan." [1] (excluding Wiccan (134,000), New Age (68,000), Druid (33,000), Spiritualist (116,000) and aboriginal religions (4,000)).

The total number of Neopagans worldwide is estimated at roughly one million [2] [3], of which about a third each are located in the UK, the USA, and over the rest of the world.

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