The origin of the words “pagan” & “heathen”

Pagan derives from the Latin word paganus meaning “country dweller” and in Roman times connoted something similar to what modern urban Americans generally mean by hick or hillbilly. Similarly, heathen literally means “people of the heaths” and was used to refer to rural people who stuck to traditions of the past rather than converting to Christianity. In time, pagan and heathen assumed the additional meanings of “unbelievers,” “idolaters,” “devil-worshippers,” and even “atheists.”

-Mattias Gardell, Gods of the Blood

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Author: National-Satanist

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  1. The word “witch” is related to the English words wit, wise, wisdom (Germanic root *weit-, *wait-, *wit-; Indo-European root *weid-, *woid-, *wid-), so witchcraft literally means the “craft of the wise”; the Old English wiccecræft, a compound of “wicce” (“witch”) and “cræft” (“craft”). So it could just be called wit-craft.

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