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I am Pagan

JAMES-MANASA-NAGACHAKRA. In the western world, “Pagan” has long been a term of disrepute, suggesting someone who is uncultured, primitive, superstitious, or barbaric. Extending at times to the worst forms of idolatry and perversion. Originally the term “Pagan” referred to country-dwelling people in the Roman Empire, among whom the older pre-Christian religions survived the longest, suggesting that these religions were traditions of the “crude and illiterate”. Yet if we look at world history carefully, we see that that the Pagan traditions have produced probably the greatest flowering of knowledge and culture throughout the world, and continue to do so to the present day.

Witchcraft is not harmful, but accusations of ‘witchcraft as harmful’ are!

DAMON LEFF. A recent conversation with a British anthropologist and a prominent British neo-Pagan on the definition of ‘witchcraft’ in relation to Africa, revealed the extent to which modern Witches; actual practitioners and adherents of a religio-magical belief system and practice identified as Witchcraft, [0] are deliberately marginalized by academia and modern Pagan society in general, in favour of a distorted and prejudicial historical bias against Witchcraft. Our British friends require from us that we challenge the human rights abuses of witch-hunts and witchcraft accusations, but not question the beliefs that engender them.

Pagan Politics

DAMON LEFF. A recent public letter written by South African academic (and neo-Pagan) Dale Wallace has been circulated widely amongst neo-Pagan covens, groups and individuals in an attempt to incite active opposition against positions of principle taken by the South African Pagan Rights Alliance on a number of advocacy issues currently on SAPRA’s agenda, including advocacy against witch-hunts and Satanic Panic.