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Halloween: Roman holiday, pagan tradition

By Laura Selmek

Halloween is the holiday that most associate with witches and pagans, but it’s actually one of eight sabbats – or holidays – that pagans celebrate. While some may prefer the term Wiccan instead of witch, Wicca itself is only a small aspect of paganism. “[The word] pagan is more inclusive,” said Colleen Guernsey, vice president of UT’s branch of the Egalitarian Society for Pagans and a sixth-year senior majoring in history. “Basically, it means ‘non-Christian’”

Her husband and ESP secretary John Guernsey, a graduate student majoring in computer science, chimed in and said paganism has unbelieveable connotations in today’s society. “Wicca is the religion, witch refers to the practitioner,” said ESP President and a senior majoring in history Carl Beatty.

Read the original article at: Independent Collegian

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