8 thoughts on “How popular is the wicca religion with african americans and native americans?

  1. I honestly don’t know. I would guess that it’s a bit more popular with African-Americans than Native Americans, but that’s just a guess.

  2. That is a good question. Unfortunately, there is no way to track information on practitioners of Wicca. The Covenant of the Goddess website may have some information, but it would only be for its members. Its sad but I don’t know of any african american wiccans in my area, and one 1 native american.

  3. My personal experience is that there are few African American Wiccans.

    I am good friends with a couple of families of various nations (Native American) that are Wiccan, but a bunch I know *despise* many Wiccans and “New Agers.” Things like sweats, smudging, totem animals and even the title of shaman have been appropriated from their religions and twisted to fit into “Wicca”. They view it as another form of cultural imperialism when people take little tidbits and throw the rest of their traditions and religions right out.

  4. Not even the remotest clue. I can say that none of the followers I’ve ever met have been African- or Native- American.

  5. I’m pretty sure the vast majority of Wiccans are pasty white girls that have the half hippie, half frumpy dumpy look. About 40 lbs overweight, has a boyfriend that collects $50 swords that he buys at the mall. You know the type…

  6. In my experience, not very. I would guess it would be slightly more popular with African Americans than natives simply because African Americans are generally more assimilated into American culture.

  7. Wicca is a religion that is European and about European deities.

    Since it also encourages worshipping the gods of one’s ancestors, ancestors who’ve traditionally not gotten along with European peoples, or been ill-used with them, don’t tend to fit.

    I had a student of West African descent who was Wiccan, and after studying for a few years he decided he’d prefer to follow his ancestral gods, and that Wicca, which was focused on European gods and temperate European harvests, did not work for him.

    I imagine that’s not an uncommon experience.

    Wicca is very much a religion tied to a location. It is British, and British diaspora. People who are not related to the British diaspora, and worse, those whose ancestors were ATTACKED by said people may not feel that it is appropriate to honor ancestors whom they may not share.

    Wicca does not exclude on the basis of race, but some may not feel Wicca CALLS them on the basis of their race.

    In many ways, the culture Wicca springs from is a trade culture, and was always multicultural (Roman, Celtic, Germanic.) As such, it has a lot of room for variation. But those whose ancestors lay outside of those cultures may not feel Wicca calling to them.

    It’s not just African and American indigenous gods that don’t tend to work well with Wicca. Asian, Australian and Eastern European deities don’t gel too well, too.

    By the way….European does not mean “white.” A person can identify with European gods and be any color under the rainbow.

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