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can someone please tell me what 'pagan' means?

I see the term/title a lot but I don't know what it means...

Can someone tell me what it is? What does it mean to be pagan? What do pagans believe in and so on...

Thanks in advance :)

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Asked by my_monkey_baby at 3:43 PM on Aug. 17, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Pagan is an adjective used to describe a whole bunch of different religions. Some have certain things in common, others are completely different. The only thing that unifies them is that they are not Abrahamic (Christian, Jewish or Muslim). There is no answer to what does a pagan believe because one might be a Helenist and another might practice Native American shamanism - two completely different faiths that get lumped together under the same label. A third may practice a mix of Wicca and Celtic pantheism, still another completely different set of gods, goddesses and rules.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 3:46 PM on Aug. 17, 2010

  • pagans believe in multiple gods. like Zeus and Athena

    Answer by natasha86 at 3:46 PM on Aug. 17, 2010

  • Most modern sources by persons who consider themselves Neopagans or Pagans interpret the word to have meant "rustic," "hick," or "country bumpkin" -- a pejorative term. The implication was that Christians used the term to ridicule country folk who tenaciously held on to what the Christians considered old-fashioned, outmoded Pagan beliefs. Those in the country were much slower in adopting the new religion of Christianity than were the urban dwellers. Many rural dwellers still followed the Greek state religion, Roman state religion, Mithraism, various mystery religions, etc., long after those in urban areas had converted.

    Answer by vbruno at 3:51 PM on Aug. 17, 2010

  • Frankly there is way to much information to fit in to this box. Because of that I wrote an article just to answer this question (which comes up a lot)... What Is  Pagan?



    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 7:02 PM on Aug. 17, 2010

  • Like Christian, Pagan is a blanket term which covers a large amount of different belief systems. Just about anything which isn't Christian, Muslim or Jewish, falls under the term Pagan. Hindu, Buddhist, Toaist are all well known faiths which fall under that term, however, when you hear someone use the term Pagan to identify themselves or their beliefs, they are generally not referring to these faiths - otherwise they would identify as such. Instead, when you hear the term Pagan it usually means one of two things, they either belong to a faith which is linked to a Pre-Christian faith or they follow a more modern yet "natural" path. Pagans tend to be Polytheistic. And you'll find that just about every Pagan has a difference in beliefs from one another - it's a very individualized religious path.


    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 7:02 PM on Aug. 17, 2010

  • it defines a group of religions that are generally nature based. buddhism and taoism are not pagan religions, although there was a time in history the term pagan was used to describe any non-christian religion. there are widely varying beliefs as with christianity.

    Answer by figaro8895 at 7:44 PM on Aug. 17, 2010

  • O ok...I kinda get it lol thank you ladies for informing me. :)

    Comment by my_monkey_baby (original poster) at 10:36 PM on Aug. 17, 2010

  • notpanicking, sabrina, and figaro pretty much summed it up. :)

    Answer by connorlove at 6:07 AM on Sep. 1, 2010

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