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Paganism (from Latin paganus, meaning "country dweller, rustic") is a term with various definitions. Originally it was used at the end of the Roman Empire to name those who practiced a religion other than the Abrahamic (Christianity, Judaism, or Islam).

More narrow definitions will not include any of the major world religions. Even more narrow definitions restrict paganism to European pre-Christian religions, with the term often not being applied to, for example, Amerindian religions.

While paganism is sometimes thought of as being strictly polytheistic, some forms were animistic, monotheistic, or pantheistic. For example Neoplatonism influenced the monotheistic Abrahamic religions.

Modern Paganism

Modern Paganism or Neo-Paganism refers to modern reconstructions/revivals of older pagan religions and sometimes also to movements that are only partially influenced by older pagan religions.

Heathenry, Nova Roma, Sinsearacht, Druidism, and Wicca are some examples.


  • Alain de Benoist, On Being A Pagan (Atlanta: Ultra, 2004).
  • Collin Cleary, Summoning the Gods (San Francisco: Counter-Currents Publishing, 2011).
  • Collin Cleary, What is a Rune? and other essays (San Francisco: Counter-Currents Publishing, 2012).
  • Savitri Devi, The Lightning and the Sun (San Francisco: Counter-Currents Publishing, 2013).
  • Mircea Eliade, Myths, Dreams and Mysteries: the Encounter between Contemporary Faiths and Archaic Realities (New York & Evanston: Harper & Row, 1975).
  • Mircea Eliade, The Myth of the Eternal Return (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005).
  • Mircea Eliade, The Sacred and the Profane: The Nature of Religion (Orlando: Harcourt, 1987).
  • Mircea Eliade, The Quest: History and Meaning in Religion (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1984).
  • Julius Evola, The Path of Cinnabar (London: Integral Tradition Publishing, 2009).
  • Julius Evola, Revolt Against the Modern World: Politics, Religion and Social Order in the Kali Yuga (Rochester: Inner Traditions, 1995).
  • Guillaume Faye, Archeofuturism: European Visions of the Post-Catastrophic Age (London: Arktos Media, 2010).
  • Guillaume Faye, Why We Fight: Manifesto for the European Resistance (London: Arktos Media, 2011).
  • Hans F.K. Günther, The Religious Attitudes of the Indo-Europeans (Uckfield, Sussex, England: Historical Review Press, 2001).
  • Alexander Jacob, De Naturae Natura: A Study of Idealistic Conceptions of Nature and the Unconscious (London: Arktos, 2011).
  • Ludwig Klages, The Biocentric Worldview, tanslated & introduced by Joseph Pryce (London: Arktos, 2013).
  • Pierre Krebs, Fighting for the Essence (London: Arktos Media, 2012).
  • Ron McVan, Creed of Iron (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012).
  • Joshua Buckley & Michael Moynihan (eds.), TYR: Myth, Culture, Tradition, vols. 1-3 (Atlanta: Ultra, 2002–2008).
  • Michael O’Meara, New Culture, New Right: Anti-Liberalism in Postmodern Europe, Second Edition (London: Arktos, 2013).
  • Christopher A. Plaisance, Ben McGarr, & Vincent Rex Soden (eds.), The Journal of Contemporary Heathen Thought, Vol. 1 (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2010).
  • Tomislav Sunic, Postmortem Report: Cultural Examinations from Postmodernity - Collected Essays (Shamley Green, UK: The Paligenesis Project, 2010).
  • Gwendolyn Taunton, Kratos: The Hellenic Tradition (Australia: Numen Books, 2013).
  • Gwendolyn Taunton (ed.), Mimir - Journal of North European Traditions (Australia: Numen Books, 2012).
  • Gwendolyn Taunton, Northern Traditions (Australia: Numen Books, 2011).

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