I know this sounds a little silly. At Christmas, Valentines and even ground hog day we hear of a pagan connection. How the holiday was pagan before Christian. Is there a pagan connection to Palm Sunday and Ash Wednesday?Answer Question
Asked by Anonymous at 11:13 AM on Mar. 30, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs
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It is not quite right to say that the holidays were Pagan before they were Christian. Christmas, for example, has a lot in common with Saturnalia, and not accidentally, but Christmas is not simply Saturnalia with a new name. One could legitimately say that it is Saturnalia version 2, but that means changes were made, and besides traditions were taken from other holidays as well. The changes are important as well as the parts that were kept. It is a subtle difference to say that modern holidays are based off of Pagan holidays, rather than they were Pagan first, but it is a difference that matters. One can say that they were stolen only because of the conscious effort the new religion made to usurp the holy day from the older religions, otherwise it would be a simple case of cultural diffusion.
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Answer by hot-mama86 at 12:55 PM on Mar. 30, 2010
Cultural interchange happens all the time. Do we complain that other countries plagiarisedfast food when they open their own burger joints? Does anyone get upset that wearing long pants was stolen for our culture? Nobody should be upset that cultures borrow ideas from other cultures, we just learn from each other. If there is a connection, the more knowledge people have the better. And there is no point in not understanding that there are only so many themes that can be used in religion and myth. Yes in the case of Christian holidays it is fair to say that they were stolen, but we have to be equally fair and say that the culture it was stolen from wasn't the first to come up with it either - in some cases it was stolen, in others simply absorbed. Neither glorifying nor vilifying the old is of any use, learning it is.
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