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Pagans Discuss The Truth About The Role Of Sex In Their Faith

02/14/2015 10:15 am ET | Updated Feb 16, 2015

Many branches of modern paganism are steeped in natural and embodied practices, but the truth about where sex and sexuality play into these rituals is often misunderstood.

HuffPost Live spent the week leading up to Valentine's Day investigating the role of sex in various religions, and we capped it off with a deep dive into paganism in which host Nancy Redd asked a panel of pagans to separate fact from fiction. According to Carol Queen, a sexologist and practicing pagan, one of the appeals of the religion is its openness and acceptance of all forms of sexuality:

[Paganism] doesn't have the same kind of associations of what you can't do sexually -- what is sinful, what is inappropriate -- as some other religions seem to reference, and many people like the notion that all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals, one of the things that we attribute to the great goddess. And if people are doing ethical sexuality, no matter what kind of sex acts are being engaged in, many, many pagans would find that completely acceptable. Consent, ethics -- go for it.

But how does that philosophy specifically manifest among pagans? Check out the video above for an in-depth look at what goes on behind closed doors.

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