The terms “paganism” and “witchcraft”Can refer to distant times, history lessons about the inquisition or even to fantasy and fairy tales. But communities of pagan wizards on social media prove that the practice not only exists, it is completely current and translated into the reality of the decade.
The same is true on other social networks, such as Twitter and Facebook: groups of followers from various fronts of paganism increasingly post about their religions, mainly with the aim of making lay people aware of pagan religions and overcoming prejudices built during the events of the Inquisition .
As it seems to be a foreign phenomenon, with many terms in English and with most of the content also being posted in the English language, the growth that occurs within Brazil is not perceived. The Facebook group Bruxaria Natural, dedicated to the study of the practice, has more than 38 thousand members; they are people who are genuinely interested in religion and want to learn more about this religious practice still covered by the country’s Christianity.
The Brazilian witchcraft community has mostly young people of Catholic origins, who felt discontented and not welcomed by the family religion, and found comfort in pagan practices.
Japan, for example, is 12 years old, and follows the line of Wicca (the best known and most popular on social networks), even though her parents are very close to the Christian faith. The boy joined this religion because he identified with the connection with nature – a pillar of Wiccan practice – and for the way the concept of magic is presented. He says that his first contact with the belief was through the social network Pinterest and, from there, decided to research and study, and fell in love with the principles.
Pâmela, 16, and Anna, 21, (fictitious names to protect the identities of the interviewees) have very similar stories. Pâmela got to know pagan witchcraft on Twitter and, as she studied religion, she decided on an eclectic approach. Also the daughter of Christian parents, she was forced to do catechesis and affirm herself in the family religion, but she kept the pagan practice a secret (which is why she asked for secrecy).
Anna, for six years, has followed the line of Chaoism, which allows her to practice in privacy, since, according to herself, her Catholic parents would be shaken and it would be more difficult to keep her job, since there is still a lot of prejudice against those who follow a religion. pay. The young woman was introduced to the practice by a friend, but she believes that witchcraft chose her, and that it was not a mere chance.
Japan, Pâmela and Anna agree that there is a rise in the Brazilian communities of witchcraft and paganism, mainly in social networks, and have common opinions about the pagan collectivity on the internet. The three cited Twitter as the most active group on social media, which facilitates the arrival of information across the country, and agree that it is a good way to learn about practices, in addition to the immense support from the community. However, at the same time, the three warn that the information acquired on social networks should always be checked in reliable sources.