World Religions in Greater Boston: Paganism (2009)

PaganismThe term “pagan” (from the Latin paganus) originally meant “peasant” or “country dweller.” For many Pagans, the term suggests a life lived close to the land. Today, nature spirituality is an important thread in contemporary Paganism. Some Paga... is an umbrella term used to describe a diverse group of Earth-based traditions. Many celebrate seasonal festivals, such as BeltaneThe festival of Beltane is celebrated on or around the first of May. It honors the generative energy of spring time, the energy of sexuality, and the fruitfulness of union. Many Pagans celebrate it with a maypole dance, a ritual in which participants perf..., with rituals like the Maypole.