Why is Paganism on the rise in Scotland?


Paganism is now the fourth largest religion in Scotland, according to the most recent Scottish census.

There are 19,113 Pagans recorded in the census, more than for the numbers worshiping Judaism, Sikhism and Buddhism.

The amount of Pagans has nearly quadrupled since the last census in 2011, while other religions have seen either a fall or a modest increase in followers.

Although it has no singular doctrine or vision, academics define Paganism as an umbrella term for a collection of religions and spiritual traditions that share a reverence for nature, belief in a plurality of gods and a belief in magic.

Three Pagans have spoken to BBC Scotland News about what their faith means to them.

Video by Steven McCaul



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