Paganism is a term first used in the fourth century by early Christians for people in the Roman Empire who practiced polytheism. This was either because they were increasingly rural and provincial relative to the Christian population. Alternate terms in Christian texts for the same group were hellene, gentile, and heathen. In Crusader Kings 3 Pagan religions refer to the 21 religious sects that do not fall under the Abrahamic or Eastern Religious umbrellas. Here is a list of the religions each with their own overview.
Bön is an ancient shamanistic religion indigenous to the region of Tibet. It is characterized by meditation, mystical rituals, and a strong belief in animistic spiritualism.
The native faiths of the Mandé people focus on venerating both the great spirits of the land as well as the honoring the spirits of the dead.
The folk religions of the Qiangic tribes focus on the worship of the Gods of nature and their ancestors, as well as the veneration of white flint stones which are said to possess spirits of nature.
Tani Lhoba and their neighbors focuses around a duality of natural deities who are worshiped as the Suprume Being. To the Tani, these dual deities are Donyi, the sun goddess, and Polo, the moon god.
Mundhumism is a religious tradition of the Kirati peoples of the Himalayas that focuses on the ancient stories and songs called Mundhum, which they consider to be their scriptures. Mundhumism is a syncretic religion, that incorporates many deities and practices from Hinduism along with the worship of ancestors.
Tengrists view their existence as sustained by Tengri, the eternal blue sky, and Eje, the fertile earth mother. Adherents are expected to keep the world in balance by living an upright, respectful life; deceitfulness and subversiveness are highly stigmatized.
The various faiths of the Akan peoples worship the children of the creator and mother Earth.
As adherents of “the abode of inner peace”, Baltic pagans focus on living in harmony with the natural world around them while preserving the traditions and stories of their ancestors.
Finno-Ugric people believe the veneration of nature and a profound respect for one’s ancestors and their traditions are what define Finno-Ugric paganism. Held in high regard amongst adherents is “sisu”, a Finnish concept of stoic determination, grit, bravery, and resilience.
Venerating the spiritual force that resides in all physical things, the priestesses of this faith serve as intermediaries between mankind and the spirits of the world.
Veneration of the ancient gods remains strong here, as does the veneration of the boundary between life and death.
The native faith of the Scandinavian region, Norse paganism revolves around reverence of gods known as the Æsir. Adherents are expected to live — and preferably die — in an honorable fashion.
Oromo-Somali believe the world is ruled by many deities, but they are all subject to the highest one, Waaq, the god of the sky. Rain and life is brought down to us from above.
Serer people’s traditions outline the way of the Divine, the path to living a spiritually fulfilling life in honor of one’s ancestors and the creator of the universe, Roog.
Siberians believe in a horizontal world where men and beasts all live in clans, linked together through alliance or vengeance. Hunting is a core part of the equilibrium between taking and giving life, and with death all souls travel downstream to reincarnate in the clan they lived in previously.
Emphasizing personal duty, morality, and conformity, Slavic paganism is the blanket term for the myriad native faiths of much of Central and Eastern Europe. Community is an important part of most, and religious ceremonies are often public gatherings which celebrate beauty and joyfulness.
Though he created the universe, the high god of the Yoruba pantheon remains distant from mortal affairs. Practitioners instead pray to the òrìṣà, innumerable spirits sent by the higher divinities to guide humanity along their chosen path.
In the native Mogyër faith each Táltos, or priest, is chosen by the gods prior to their birth. Endowed with superhuman strength, wisdom, and powers, Mogyërs entrust these Táltos with protecting their communities and leading them to prosperity.
Hellenists worship the ancient Greek and Roman gods, said to reside on Mount Olympus. Each god has their own aspects and is venerated by their worshipers in their own way.
Established by the Zunbil dynasty, Zunists revere and praise the sun for bestowing its bounty upon the surface of the earth.
Commonly defined by a reverence for nature, ancestor worship, and a belief in spirits, many native faiths are considered to be various forms of paganism.