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Glossary of Wiccan, Neo-Pagan and Occult Terminology

DEATH PRAYER

This term has two different senses.   First, in regard to 'praying for the dead', the death prayer is used either to help the departed soul in the spiritual abode or to request help from such souls on behalf of the living.   Secondly, the term is used to describe a special technique designed to deprive a person or persons of life.

The ability to command Demons to kill the living is supposedly one of the most terrible powers of black magicians.   It is a technique widely practised by witch doctors in Shamanic cultures and is one for which the religion of Voodou in particular has gained a certain notoriety.


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One of the major problems with 'defining' Paganism and/or its beliefs and practices is that it is an 'organic' movement, in that it is undergoing constant change and re-evaluation from within, and as such any 'one-size-fits-all' approach to understanding Paganism will be found wanting.

Due to the very 'organic' nature of Paganism, and the many differing Paths and Traditions within it, in many cases no one definition may be universally accepted by all Pagans.   Therefore, where such cases of possible conflicting and/or contradictory meanings of certain terms occur I have endevoured to give not only the generally accepted meaning, but also any major 'variations' in belief and/or practice.

Christians who believe this difference in meaning of certain key terms, beliefs and practices to be unique to Paganism need to remember that such conflicts also arise within the Body of Christ - the Church.   Take for instance the differing practices amongst Christians concerning Baptism and the different attitudes towards women in the clergy.

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