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  •  Modern Paganism only dates from the 1890s (1+ / 0-)
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    and and is rather benign. I never said anything about organized Wicca groups ritually killing people. I was talking about prechristian Ireland, when they certainly did do it.

    When I first went to China, I was horrified to learn that the Han dynasty practiced human sacrifice, and that it continued well into the second millennium CE (exactly when, I was never able to find out).

    There is evidence that Odin and Thor received human sacrifice, and not that many centuries before Cortez conquered Mexico either.

    When we are talking about "neo-paganism" or Wicca, we are NOT talking about ancient polytheism and vice versa.

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