Concise List of Pagan and Neopagan Traditions and Labels (Part 1)

These are compilation lists that I have created based off of interactions with various parts of the Pagan and Neopagan communities (among others).  Some people may simply go by a label like Norse Polytheist (like I do) because they are not part of a specific tradition like Asatru, for example.  This will actually be a series of posts because if I put it into one, it’d be way, way too long and I definitely need to give you guys a break from my (unintentionally) long posts.  Here’s what you’ll find:

  1. Ethnic or ethnic-derived religious traditions

  2. Wicca/Neo-Wicca

  3. Non-ethnic traditions and other religious movements

  4. Religious movements that may not be Pagan/Neopagan though I have seen some of these groups flock or move themselves under the Pagan/Neopagan umbrella (If you absolutely do not want to see your religious group under this category and I receive no future requests for it to be added, I will remove it and keep it removed.)

I will try to put links to as many as I can so you can learn more about them if you’re interested in learning more (even if that means I have to use Wikipedia, just take it with a grain of salt, please).  If anyone has some good links or religious traditions they’d like to see added, post them in the comments and I’ll impute them when I can.  As a last note, some of these sections will have introductions (which are more of my explanatory notes than introductions).

Lastly, I have seen some people perpetuating that some religions like Hinduism should be considered under the Pagan or Neopagan umbrellas.  Unless someone from a religion like Hinduism or an indigenous religion wants to consider him/her/er -self Pagan/Neopagan, they are not Pagan.  Many religions like Hinduism have said that they do not want to be considered Pagan and we should respect that.

African/African-mixed

British Isles

The most common cultural religious groups I’ve seen have been based off of the worship of Celtic gods and goddesses.  I’ve put any Anglo-Saxon religions in a list below as I feel they have more in common with Germanic/Northern European religions than they do with the Celts and other cultural religions of the British Isles.

Egyptian

  • Ausar Auset/“Black” Kemetism
  • Egyptian Paganism/Neopaganism
  • Kemetic Reconstructionism
  • Kemeticism/Kemetism
  • Neo-Atenism
  • Neterism/Netjerism/Neterianism
  • Orthodox Kemeticism/Kemetic Orthodoxy (I have also seen this to be referred to as “White” Kemetism)
  • Osireion

Greek

  • Dodekat
  • Greek Paganism/Neopaganism
  • Hellenic Paganism/Neopaganism
  • Hellenic Polytheism
  • Hellenic Polytheistic Reconstructionism
  • Hellenion
  • Hellenismos/Hellenism
  • Hermetism
  • Olympianism

Northern Europe

I consider any tradition or religion that primarily worships the gods of the Germanic, Norse, Baltic, etc. peoples to fall into the Northern Europe category.  I recommend you check out the Grumpy Lokean Elder’s post about some of the branches of Heathenry as it goes more into depth with some of the traditions here.  Be weary of racism, white supremacy, “preserving culture,” xenophobia, Islamophobia et al, misogyny, anti-Feminism, and other problematic and toxic issues/people within any group that worships the Germanic et al deities.

  • Ahnensitte
  • Anglo-Saxon Heathenry
  • Asatru/Ásátru/Asatro [x] (Avoid anything that has to do with the Asatru Folk Assembly and anything to do with Stephen McNallen the racist douchecanoe)
  • Baltic Paganism/Neopaganism
  • Dievturity (Latvian Neopaganism)
  • Firner Situ/Alemannic
  • Folkish
  • Frankish Heathenry
  • Frisian (Dutch) Heathenry
  • Fyrn Sidu (Please note that the spelling may vary depending on cultural context.  These may or may not be additional spellings: Forn Sedh, Firne Sitte, Forn Sed, Forn Sidr.)
  • German Heathenry
  • German Paganism/Neopaganism
  • German Polytheist
  • Heathen/Heathenry/Heathenism
  • Heithnir
  • Hetanism (Armenian Neopaganism)
  • Hungarian Paganism/Neopaganism
  • Irmanism/Irminenschaft
  • Lietuva (Lithuania)
  • Lokean
  • Maausk (Estonian Neopaganism)
  • Maavalla Koda (Estonian Neopaganism)
  • Norse Paganism/Neopaganism
  • Norse Polytheist
  • Norse Religion
  • Northern Paganism
  • Northern Tradition Paganism/Northern Tradition
  • Odinism/Wotanism/Odianism
  • Rodnovery (Slavic Neopaganism)
  • Rökkatru [x]
  • Romuva (another from Lithuania)
  • Suomenism (Finnish Neopaganism)
  • Taaraism (Estonian Neopaganism)
  • Theodism
  • Tribalist
  • Tyrian
  • Uralic Neopaganism (i.e. Uralic peoples of Russia, Estonians, and Finns)
  • Urglaawe (Pennsylvania Dutch)
  • Vanatru/Vanic

Roman

  • Nova Roma
  • Religio Romano/Religio Romana
  • Roman Paganism/Neopaganism
  • Roman Polytheism
  • Roman Polytheistic Reconstructionism
  • Roman Tradition
  • Stregheria (Italian witchcraft; I’ve also seen it being referred to as Aradianism)

Other Ethnic or Ethnic-derived Traditions

  • Adonism (Czech; mostly died out in the 1930s)
  • Adyghe Habze, Circassian Habze/Habza, Khabze/Khabza, Habzism (ethnic religion based off of that which the North Caucasian peoples followed)
  • American Neopaganism
  • Canarian Neopaganism/Guanche religoin
  • Caucasian Neopaganism
  • Ekklesía Antínoou (Graeco-Roman-Egyptian)
  • Graeco-Roman Polytheism
  • Jewish Pagan/Neopaganism

 

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3 thoughts on “Concise List of Pagan and Neopagan Traditions and Labels (Part 1)

  1. […] Concise List of Pagan and Neopagan Traditions and Labels (Part 1) […]

  2. […] you missed the first post, you can find it here  (it also has the introduction for this series of […]

  3. This is a fanastic list! I’ve been meaning to explore Latvian paganism more, having a name for it helps to jump start that process. 🙂

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