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Answer plus some...A basic answer is Witchcraft is a sub-religion of Paganism.

Just how the general religion is Christian but the sub-religions are like Methodist, Catholic, Baptist, Seventh Day Adventest, etc...

  • I would like to add that the term Pagan is believed to be a term used to describe to local poor/country dwellers who chose to worship the old Gods. Many religions fall under the term "Pagan" or "Non-Christian": Native American, Buddist, Wicca, Witchcraft, Unitarian... read the following link to learn more about the term Pagan see link below.
AnswerPaganism is a naturally evolved spiritual instinct. Witchcraft is a religion. Pagans have a love and respect for their natural surroundings and mother earth. I call it a spiritual instinct instead of a religion as many pagans would argue that paganism isn't a religion in itself. However there are many religions under the pagan umbrella, Druidism is a pagan religion,Wicca is a pagan religion. Native American beliefs are pagan and so on. Most religions which are based around nature and natural beliefs are considered pagan. Witchcraft is a specific religion although little evidence of how it was practiced in the past exists . Because all witches are pagan modern witches have pieced their beliefs together from past down knowledge and borrowing from other pagan belief systems that seem similar. 'Pagan' is like 'Christian' in the sense that pagans belive in mother nature and the power of the earth, there are many religious paths stemming from this. Christians belive in God and the power of Jesus Christ, there are many religious paths stemming from this,catholic, Baptist, evangelical e.t.c.

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basically, all wiccans, or witches are pagan, and or harness the nautre that pagans believe in

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not all pagans are witches,/wiccans or do spells/magic

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Witchcraft is a practice, a tool. Not a religion. There ARE religions that utilitize magick and witchcraft - such as Wicca. But not all witches have a religious base and they certainly aren't all pagan.

Paganism is an umbrella term to refer to many non-Abrahamic faiths - like Druidism, Wicca, Asatru, etc.

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โˆ™ 2010-01-03 03:44:27

Pagan is an umbrella term that refers to religions that usually involve pantheism (many gods) or nature worship. Witchcraft (Wicca) is considered a pagan religion, but not all pagans practice witchcraft. Also, if you want to get technical, witchcraft is a magickal practice, while Wicca is a religion based on witchcraft.

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Is witchcraft a tradition in paganism?

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What is the difference between wicca and witchcraft?

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