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Contemporary Paganism-which consists of Wicca and Witchcraft, Druidry, Heathenry, Asatru, Goddess-worship, Ethnic Reconstructions, and many other traditions-is a movement that is still young and establishing its identity and place on the global religious landscape. In some ways, the nature of contemporary Paganism-polyvalent, syncretic, and creative-makes it difficult to formulate a satisfying and accurate definition of this religious phenomenon. As contemporary Paganism continues to grow and mature, new angles of inquiry are emerging, especially with regard to regional religious and cultural expressions; it is very likely that practitioners and scholars will be speaking in terms of Pagan communities rather than conceiving the movement as one large imagined community of interest and importance. This chapter provides an overview of the book.

Keywords: Asatru; contemporary Paganism; Druidry; Heathenry; Wicca; Witchcraft

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