Not all Pagans are devoted to mythological deities or spirits; some limit their religious practice to the veneration of nature. However, mythologies from around the world often emerged in cultures with horticultural or agricultural economies; thus, such myths generally have strong fertility or natural imagery. Various deities are associated with various elements of the natural world: the sky, the sea, the earth, trees, rivers, forests, the hunt, grain, and so forth. Engaging in religious practice informed by such natural imagery can be a direct way of cultivating a rich spirituality of devotion to the earth (i.e., Gaia).

Study Questions:
     1.     What is the Gaia Hypothesis, and why is it attractive to Pagans?
     2.     How are myths utilized within the Pagan community?
     3.     What is the relationship between myth and folklore? How is each used?

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