paganism

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From Latin paganismus (heathenism), from paganus (peasant, rural, rustic). The term was used pejoratively by early Muslims and Christians to belittle what remained of the native religions.

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paganism (countable and uncountable, plural paganisms)

  1. Indigenous and polytheistic religions.
    Most people in that region practise their own form of paganism.
  2. 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.

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