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About that "what's a pagan" thing.

There was an article I read years ago, that explained so many of the reasons Heathen and Pagan are not the same. I went looking for it because of the post a joke question yesterday, and it's 404FNF now, but I did find one that someone linked to it, and included her own, more Wiccan-friendly version.
If you have a few minutes, read it.
http://ansuz.worldash.org/asatru/articles/intro/wicca_compar.html

Does the difference make more sense now?

 
NotPanicking

Asked by NotPanicking at 2:05 PM on Jul. 2, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • MamaK88

    Answer by MamaK88 at 10:38 PM on Jul. 2, 2009

  • NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 2:06 PM on Jul. 2, 2009

  • Yay - found a pdf of the original


    http://www.heathengods.com/library/wicca_comparison/pentagram_and_the_hammer.pdf


    That one is 18 pages long and not nearly as sugar coated as the first one, but if you're interested, give that one a shot too.

    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 2:08 PM on Jul. 2, 2009

  • From the deffinitions of the many different forms of Paganism that i have read Heathens still fall under at least one of the forms. However, there is a difference between most Neo-pagan religions and Heathens, which i think is what you are focusing on more.
    outstandingLove

    Answer by outstandingLove at 2:13 PM on Jul. 2, 2009

  • I knew the difference, but only because of you and others like you that explain things really well, :-)

    But thanks for that link - there were a few things in there that I didn't know!
    You're always a wealth of info.
    jennijune_21

    Answer by jennijune_21 at 2:17 PM on Jul. 2, 2009

  • I am not finished with the reading but i'd like to point out that the author does refer to Asatru as Pagan several times and is mostly comparing Asatru to Wicca. Neo-paganism is not defined by Wicca. so it will be interesting to read the rest of this. i look forward to it. Thank you for providing this.
    outstandingLove

    Answer by outstandingLove at 2:18 PM on Jul. 2, 2009

  • "Here then are the similarities between Wicca and Ásatrú:
    They are both Pagan earth religions."

    So here is the point i was trying to make. Asatru IS pagan. ...however, Asatru IS NOT Wiccan.
    outstandingLove

    Answer by outstandingLove at 2:27 PM on Jul. 2, 2009

  • So here is the point i was trying to make. Asatru IS pagan. ...however, Asatru IS NOT Wiccan.

    But you are leaving out the fact that most Asatru refuse to be associated with pagans, and consider paganism to be the specific pantheistic rather than polytheistic faith described in the second article.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 2:51 PM on Jul. 2, 2009

  • The difference being pagan, the adjective, vs Paganism, the practice
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 2:52 PM on Jul. 2, 2009

  • Answered at 2:51 PM on Jul. 2, 2009 by:
    But you are leaving out the fact that most Asatru refuse to be associated with pagans, and consider paganism to be the specific pantheistic rather than polytheistic faith described in the second article.

    They (most Asatru) may consider paganism to be pantheistic rather than polytheistic, but that doesn't make it the case. A great many Neopagans consider themselves polytheistic & even many of those who aren't familiar with the terms fit more closely to polytheism than pantheism. I have always thought the common Asatru attitude of being different than other Pagans/Neopagans was a bit elitist.
    nysa00

    Answer by nysa00 at 3:00 PM on Jul. 2, 2009

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