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Paganism is a Blanket Term
Wiccans and Pagans generally refer to most Wiccans and Pagans, with the acknowledgement that not all practices are identical. Not All Pagans are Wiccans there are many Witches who are not Wiccans. Some are Pagans, but some consider themselves something else entirely. It can be compared to a Christian as being a Lutheran, Catholic, or Mormon. Examples Pagan can be Wiccan, Asatru, Dianic, or Eclectic Witchcraft.
Not all people who practice craft are Wiccans, or even Pagans. There are a few witches who embrace the Christian god as well as a Wiccan goddess – the Christian Witch movement is alive and well! There are also people out there who practice Jewish mysticism, or "Jewitchery", and atheist witches who practice magic but do not follow a deity.
There are a number of people who consider themselves Witches, but who are not necessarily Wiccan or even Pagan. These are what is known as Eclectic Witches. Typically, Witchcraft is seen as a skill set in addition to or instead of a religious. A Witch may practice magic in a manner completely separate from their spirituality; in other words, one does not have to interact with the Divine to be a Witch.
Most witches do not embrace the concepts of sin, heaven or hell, the evils of sex or nudity, confession, Satanism, animal sacrifice, or the inferiority of women. Wicca is not a fashion statement, and you do not have to dress a certain way to be a witch!
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