Religious, Socio-cultural and Political Worldviews of Modern Pagans in the Czech Republic

Authors

VENCÁLEK Matouš

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Faculty of Arts

Citation
Description Modern Paganism is a small yet growing global religious movement that remains to a great extent under-researched. This paper presents the results of a research inspired by Helen Berger’s Pagan Census, conducted among Modern Czech Pagans. It explores the worldviews of Czech Pagans from different Pagan groups regarding the questions of spirituality (e.g. the beliefs about afterlife, reincarnation or magic), society and culture (e.g. LGBTQ+ rights, drugs or the status of women in society) and politics (e.g. regarding the market regulation, social welfare, as well as specific political party preferences). It focuses on the differences, as well as on the commonalities among various Pagan groups, as the Pagan movement is highly diversified and sprouts from several different sources: some groups have emerged from naturalizing and romanticizing tendencies and emphasize the sacredness of nature, worship, and respect for all of its creatures; while some groups have emerged from rather nationalistic tendencies and focus on the worship of the gods and ancestors with a strong emphasis on ethnic background.
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