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Also, Neopagan, Modern Primative, and Urban Shamanism aren't mutually interchangeable words.
But half of this stuff is people making up bullshit anyway, so you may as well.
Charlie Stross' Laundry books are an excellent example of taking stuff that he knew about himself; maths, coding and computer programming, and the Lovecraftian mythos, then doing his own thing in a reasonably logical way. That's how to do it. Stick with something you know about and are comfortable in anyway, then base it on that.
Life was pretty difficult and people made up their own supernatural explanations for the weather and tried to bring meaning to things they couldn't explain. They did this by anthropomorphising these concepts. Making them like themselves so that they had a face and a voice and could be related to. So gods were born. We might as well call these different gods of nature 'pagan'. They lived all around, but also in the sky and sea. Some people tried to study these gods, and to learn from or influence them. So religion was born. Different ideas about religion came and went with the people as they moved about and invaded each other.