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Ul’Yana Volkoff Part A: Question 2 & 3 Paganism has been growing rapidly in recent years, and with the increasing numbers, many still have stereotypes about Pagans and Heathens due to misconceptions about a practitioners background and rituals. This essay will discuss the reasons for growth of modern Paganism, the backgrounds and traits of the people behind the religion, as well as stereotypes of practitioners, and fears that people have about Pagans. The pressure surrounding Christianity has since decreased, and those who no longer practice it don’t receive public discrimination or abuse, allowing people to now explore other options; however, in the US, in contrast to Canada and Europe, evangelical Christianity are growing in numbers (Verin-Shapiro 2014: 2). In addition, the interest in European religions that predated Christianity rose in the Romantic Period of the 18 th and 19 th centuries with many countries fighting for sovereignty and national existence (Verin-Shapiro 2014: 6). Many people have also grown disappointed and lost faith in traditional authority structures that have only led to loss, death, and the destruction of Earth’s ecosystem (Verin-Shapiro 2014: 2). Other regimes, totalitarian and otherwise, have also caused or failed to end many wars and deaths, as well as failed to prevent threats such as pollution and global warming. This dissatisfaction with the government nor science aiding or answering such problems has likely led to people seeking other guides and means to identify with, such as the Modern Paganism (Verin-Shapiro 2014: 2). Many also believe more strongly in Paganism because the practitioners are far more accepting of diversity as well as sexual orientations than many other religions and it’s far more welcoming to other groups.
Pagans themselves are very diverse on men and women, splitting up almost equally, but most are women ranging from 23 to 67 with most in their 30s and 40s (Verin-Shapiro 2014: 5). This

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