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 Originally it meant nothing more than the Roman equivalent of 'Yokel' that is a rural dweller. The Romans discovered many 'Pagan' tribes in their conquest and with the arrival of Christianity not long afterwards, those who clung to their rural ways which included natural deities - the Pagans defining the non-christians.

Paganism may have survived in some communities but it is now an active rejection of Christianity to 'revert' to Paganism as imagined rather than as practised. However, some aspects of Paganism have undoubtedly survived in ceremionies, rites, feasts and other events and the way they are celebrated. Certainly the links with and reverence for the natural world and the celebrations which are Calendar Customs at the time of the solstices and equinoxes are still strong as are ceremonies such as Handfasting and the significance of the broom.