Popular Inaccuracies New (and Less New) Pagans Should Avoid

Bust of Diana wearing a moon crown

Bust of Diana wearing a moon crown (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I thought it might be helpful to have a thread to help people new to pagan religions sort through some of the very popular, very false claims out there. So, without further ado, here goes.

1. “Nine million witches died in the Burning Times.” Historians actually place the number killed in the witch trials between 40,000 and 100,000, with no conclusive evidence that those killed were actually pagan at all. Read more here: http://wicca.cnbeyer.com/burning.shtml

2. “Wicca is an ancient religion.” Gerald Gardner founded Wicca in the twentieth century. He claimed to have a lineage dating back farther, but there’s little to no evidence. More here: http://religiousstudiesblog.blogspot.com/2012/06/gerald-gardner-and-origins-of-wicca.html?m=1

3. “In ancient times, the Great Goddess was universally worshipped. Women ruled, and society was generally peaceful.” There are plenty of places online where this is debunked, but I recommend the book The Myth of Matriarchal Prehistory: Why an Invented Past Will Not Give Women a Future by Cynthia Eller.

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