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Posted: 17-Jan-2004, 11:38 AM
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I guess I am like a lot of people who just don't know what the heck it is exactly. A religion, a set of values to go by? How did you discover it and why did you choose it as a path to follow. And why if you believe in it and participate in it, do most of you hide the fact that you are Pagans from non-Pagans. Thanks. I really want to understand since so many of you are Pagan.
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Posted: 17-Jan-2004, 05:17 PM
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Posted: 17-Jan-2004, 05:28 PM
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go look at an ecyclopedia...

Paganism: everything non-christian (and usually something poly-theistic is associated with it).
There are different forms of it in modern society and you'd probably have to ask someone who knows more about that which one is which.


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Posted: 18-Jan-2004, 11:35 AM
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Posted: 18-Jan-2004, 04:42 PM
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I think that Pagans mostly love the earth, want to see a greener world, worship nature. they also belive that what you sow so shall you reap. of all things that Pagans belive in the most important is love.
               
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Posted: 19-Jan-2004, 08:50 AM
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Posted: 19-Jan-2004, 12:43 PM
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QUOTE (Jack @ Jan 18 2004, 09:42 PM)
I think that Pagans mostly love the earth, want to see a greener world, worship nature. they also belive that what you sow so shall you reap. of all things that Pagans belive in the most important is love.

Some do worship nature, but it usually goes deeper than that. It is very hard to generalize pagan religions. They are very wide-ranging and go from one end of the spectrum to the other.


Paganism is generally anything non Judeo-Chrisitan. So you can include followers of Asatru, Wicca, Druidism, Discordianism, Ancient Egyptian Religions, Native-American practices, Strega, Santeria, Shinto, and indigenous tribal practices to this definition. (this doesn't even come close to listing all the religions)


Peckery - I would recommend BeliefNet. You can look up some info on paganism. Also, there are a lot of people who don't visit during the weekend, so sometimes you have to wait until Monday to get an answer.


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Posted: 19-Jan-2004, 03:33 PM
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mmh RW.. do you know about ancient egyptian religion? I mean, there's not an overly lot known.. there were local deities and such and how to worship and such...
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Posted: 19-Jan-2004, 04:15 PM
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QUOTE (RavenWing @ Jan 19 2004, 12:43 PM)
Paganism is generally anything non Judeo-Chrisitan.

Just to be argumentative - I don't believe that the following non Judeo-Christian religeons Muslims, Mormons, Jehovas witness, Jews etc....fit the pagan catagory. wink.gif


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Ask any die hard "christian" ! Anyone not believing what they do is either "pagan" or a "heathen" ! God does not take sides... believe in the golden rule and you are saved!

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Posted: 19-Jan-2004, 05:05 PM
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QUOTE (Aon_Daonna @ Jan 19 2004, 04:33 PM)
mmh RW.. do you know about ancient egyptian religion? I mean, there's not an overly lot known.. there were local deities and such and how to worship and such...

The Egyptian Book of the Dead goes into the rituals/prep. for the journey to the underworld. Very interesting read. And, it is a glimpse to what they practiced, and believed. There is so much more that has been lost in those sands though......


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Posted: 19-Jan-2004, 05:06 PM
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Just to be argumentative - I don't believe that the following non Judeo-Christian religeons Muslims, Mormons, Jehovas witness, Jews etc....fit the pagan catagory.


Just to be equally argumentative, Jehova's Witnesses are about as "Judeo-Christian as one can get, and it was the Jews that put the "Judeo" into the term. The Mormons also profess the belief that Jesus Christ was the literal son of God (Jehova). Thus from a Christian perspective, the Muslims are the only ones of the group that might be considered "pagan". On the other hand, their beliefs are also derived from Judaism, so maybe they can be described as Judeo-Christian as well????

One may be a "heathen" without being "pagan". I just happen to be the heathen pagan married to the JW (whew, you ought to be at my house when the discussions turn to religion and matters of spirit!!! starwars.gif smile.gif

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Posted: 19-Jan-2004, 05:13 PM
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Swanny you and I have had this discussion before... gods help us all !!! LOL

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Posted: 19-Jan-2004, 05:46 PM
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Isn't paganism generally polytheistic?
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Posted: 19-Jan-2004, 06:02 PM
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doesn't have to be, I think.

btw: I've been reading in an online copy of the book of the dead, but I don't think that's all.
I mean, what I mainly think is a wee bit "off" in so-called "neo-paganism" is that many sources are lost. let's take the example druidism: what we have a tacitus notes and caesar's bello gallico (and the different traditions and little things taken over into christianity). there is simply not enough known in my oppinion. I don't want to insult any of those that practice this but I think it's a wee bit pointless, however inventive those people may be.
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