Pagan vs Wiccan
The difference between wiccan and pagan can be quite confusing for those who are followers of major religions like Christianity, Islam, or Judaism. For simplicity, paganism is defined as a religion rooted in the earth. Christianity came later and took roots in cities first. The people who were rustic and resided in rural, poor country settings had a desire to hold on to their polytheistic beliefs. These people were followers of all things natural with natural laws preceding and being above everything else. Pagans proudly ascribe their faith as being a pre-Christian faith. It seems then that paganism is a rather generic term that includes all beliefs that precede major religions of the world. Earth based spirituality is what paganism implies, and many of the followers of major faiths of the world, when they embrace paganism, have a feeling of home coming within themselves. Christians often categorized pagans as rural people who did not worship Jesus as their God. Pagan is an umbrella term that includes within its fold many other sub groups. And Wiccan is just one of them. There are Asatru, Kemetic, Voodoo, shamanism, Wiccan, witchcraft, and many other beliefs under the generic term called paganism.
Pagan was earlier considered as a derogatory term used by Romans, to refer to a country dweller who was not a follower of Christianity and rather followed a religion that was close to nature. Wicca as a term is rather new as it evolved about 50 years ago. It was used to refer to a religion that seems to have been reconstructed or follows the lines of religions followed by ancient witches. However, there are many variations within Wicca (Wiccans describe them as traditions).
What is the difference between Pagan and Wiccan?
• Pagan is an umbrella term that refers to pre Christian religions, and it embraces many beliefs within its fold.
• Wiccan is a neo pagan religion that evolved about 50 years ago, and based on a religion practiced by ancient witches.
• Wiccan is essentially a pagan, but not all pagans are wiccans (It is like saying that you are a Christian if you are a Baptist).