(Side note: While reading this article keep in mind that The views are this author’s theories on the true meaning of paganism. You may find article written by other with a different theory. CL does not endorse any article over another.)
The word “paganism” has come to refer to various pre-Christian religions belonging to a number of ancient cultures—those from Greece, Rome, Egypt, Scandinavia, and so on. It has come to also represent, in some circles, the modern ideology of Wicca and the followers of revived versions of the old practices. The truth about “paganism”, however, is that it is a historically inaccurate phrase in the context of these aforementioned faiths. Although it is now the accepted term for these religions, it is important to examine where the word truly came from and what it initially meant, allowing for a better, all-inclusive understanding of the world’s religious past.
The term “paganism” was revived during the Renaissance when writers were trying to differentiate the old traditions from their contemporary Christian faith. The term itself stems from the Latin paganustranslated loosely along the lines of “country dweller” or “rustic”; thus it was initially a word describing a person of locality rather than a religion. However, because of its usage in ancient texts, medieval authors mistakenly believed it referenced a religious sect and thereby gave it the corresponding connotation. In actuality, there was a different word used to describe the “pagans” as they are called today, and that word too stemmed first and foremost from the location of the religious supporters.
According to scholar Peter Brown of Princeton University,…
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I often talk about the Other and Witchcraft a lot on this blog. We tend to be the marginal folks, and sometimes we wear that as a badge of pride. We might say things like: “We’re different from those people. They don’t understand us. It’s always been this way. We’re revolutionary.”
But what if the revolution involves un-othering Witchcraft? What if that is a solution to many issues facing humanity? What does that mean?
Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/tempest/2017/11/un-othering-witchcraft.html#TzhLsZk4139ouEVY.99
Determining the number of practicing or self-identified Pagans is difficult for a number of reasons. Many surveys include Pagans in the category of “other religions;” Pagans (like members of many minority religions) sometimes are wary of disclosing their religious path to strangers (through surveys or census questionnaires
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With evil witches and flying wizards dominating entertainment media, it’s no wonder there is such confusion about paganism and Wicca. These real, live religions are practiced by people like anyone else. And their community-focused, eco-centric faith is worth knowing a thing or two about.
These are a few of the many practices that could be classified as “pagan,” a traditions (or traditions) that spans many centuries and countries around the world. This piece focuses on western neo-pagan traditions, including Wicca and neo-Druidism.
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Don’t bust out the mead yet! Pagans are still a very small minority in comparison to both U.S Religions and World Religions at large. If you read the 2008 “United States Census Bureau Abstract on Self Identified Religious Populations”, the number of Pagans and Wiccans combined still only results to 0.3% of the population (which means that 3 out of every 1,000 people you meet will be Pagan). However, that number doesn’t account for people who classify as spiritualists, Unitarian Universalists or non-classified.
I do often bump into people at Pagan meets or New Age shops who do not like to call themselves “Pagans,” but rather “Animists,” “Druids,” “Asatruar,” “Heathens,” “Shamans,” etc. The war over what gets lumped into the pagan category and what doesn’t wages on, but I bet many of these folk filled in the “non-classified” space rather than “pagan” on their Census Bureau survey. Personally I prefer to think of Paganism as a system that seeks to revive an ancient system of Earth Based Values – but not everyone shares my definition.
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Paganism describes a group of contemporary religions based on a reverence for nature. These faiths draw on the traditional religions of indigenous peoples throughout the world.
- Paganism encompasses a diverse community.
- Wiccans, Druids, Shamans, Sacred Ecologists, Odinists and Heathens all make up parts of the Pagan community.
- Some groups concentrate on specific traditions or practices such as ecology, witchcraft, Celtic traditions or certain gods.
- Most Pagans share an ecological vision that comes from …
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