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TV leads witching hour

AFTER centuries of intimidation and bad press, witchcraft is experiencing a renaissance led by TV’s Buffy, Sabrina and the Charmed girls. Between 40,000 and 70,000 people in Autralia are expected to identify themselves as witches in the 2006 census, up from 20,000 in 2001.

Pagans, worshipping as wiccas, druids, heathens and shamans, have gained solidarity through the internet and positive media portrayals. What was once a fad has now established itself as a significant minority religion, according to Douglas Ezzy, a senior lecturer in sociology at the University of Tasmania.Dr Ezzy, who edited a book on modern-day pagans, Practising the Witches Craft, and co-wrote a global study on teen witches, believes the growing interest is partly because of an increase in information on paganism and an acceptance of magic.

Read the original article at: Herald Sun

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