The Pagan Explosion Revisited: A Statistical Postmortem on the Teen Witch Fad


  • James R. Lewis University of Tromso



Paganism, census, New Religious Movements, teen witch


Contemporary Paganism’s explosive growth was big news during the first decade of the new millennium. By the end of the decade, however, it was clear that this rapid expansion had fallen off, and the movement appeared to have returned to something approaching a normal pattern of growth. What actually happened was that shortly after the turn of the millennium, the Teen Witch fad temporarily inflated total numbers of self–identified Pagans. After the fad ended, explosive growth also ended, leaving an established and maturing religious tradition in its wake.

Author Biography

James R. Lewis, University of Tromso

James R. Lewis is Associate Professor of History and Religious Studies, University of Tromso.


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How to Cite

Lewis, J. R. (2013). The Pagan Explosion Revisited: A Statistical Postmortem on the Teen Witch Fad. Pomegranate, 14(1), 128–139.