pl. n. pagans; adj. pagan; also Paganism
1. n. “pay’ gann,” in general usage, pejorative Christian term for a follower of a polytheistic or ethnic, non-Abrahamic religion; as an adj., describes the follower and their beliefs (“a pagan god“); from Latin paganus “rustic, unlearned person,” pagus “countryside”; c. 14th century. Also polytheism, shamanism, pantheism, animism.
2. p.n., term used by a variety of modern New Age religious groups to refer to their bespoke blend of post-Theosophical spiritualism and pre-Christian European animism; c. 1960s. Also neopaganism, modern paganism. See wicca, Ásatrú.