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There are many ways in which people create paganisms today. A distinction, though rather blurred, arises between those who root their worldview and practices in understandings derived from Wicca, and those who tend to look elsewhere. Heathenry, the focus of this chapter, is essentially a polytheist paganism for today, drawing on two main strands: the presentations of cosmology, deity and mythology, and cultural practices within mediaeval writings of northern Europe, together with archaeological interpretations of northern European pasts; and personal experience based in part on these understandings, often described as UPG or unusual personal gnosis, a term coined by a North American practitioner in the 1990s.

Keywords: Europe; Heathenry; paganisms



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