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What Is The Difference Between Pagan And Neo-Pagan?

And are the following definitions accurate:
Hard Polytheist - The gods are complete individuals.
Duotheist - All male deities are aspects of The God and all female deities are aspects of The Goddess.
Soft Polytheism - All gods are aspects or manifestations of one supreme being.

 
flatlanderjenn

Asked by flatlanderjenn at 5:42 PM on Oct. 18, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Just to make it even more clear as mud for you, there are eclectics, those who borrow from multiple belief systems, and those are always neo-pagan. There are reconstructionists, those of us who are more fundamentalists adherents of ancient religions that pre-date the bible - not neo-pagan. In between are those who may stick to one belief system, but they add their own rules or change them, like worshiping as duotheists or soft polytheists, but only with an affinity for a single pantheon. Those also are categorized as neo-pagan, because they don't follow the actual rules of the faith associated with their pantheon, but when asked, they may identify only by the pantheon (Hellenist, Kemetic, etc).
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 6:05 PM on Oct. 18, 2010

  • Pagan is an umbrella term describing any religion NOT of the Abrahamic Tradition (so anything other than Judaism, Christianity and Islam). There are literally hundreds of traditions that do not include the Abrahamic god, and all of them are pagan traditions. Neo-pagan means "new pagan" and is a revival of old traditions. Some are strictly held to the old standards, others are adapted to fit today's people.

    And yes, those definitions are correct :)
    Ati_13

    Answer by Ati_13 at 5:47 PM on Oct. 18, 2010

  • Pagan simply means Non-Abrahamic beliefs... Neo-Pagan means Non-Abrahamic belief which is NOT directly linked to or which did not exist pre-Christian times. However, the vast majority of those who use the term Pagan to describe their beliefs tend to follow a "neo-Pagan" tradition...

    And Yes, your other definitions are correct.
    SabrinaMBowen

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 5:53 PM on Oct. 18, 2010

  • What Is The Difference Between Pagan And Neo-Pagan?

    A few hundred years.
    Gal51

    Answer by Gal51 at 6:28 PM on Oct. 18, 2010

  • I'm not sure, I'll give you a bump
    Liz132

    Answer by Liz132 at 5:44 PM on Oct. 18, 2010

  • Pretty much what the other ladies told you. But I will say, adding the whole "Neo" prefix to Pagan just goes to confuse people even more. lol
    -Ashley
    spiritguide_23

    Answer by spiritguide_23 at 7:40 PM on Oct. 18, 2010

  • Duotheist - Belief in only two divine beings. Often a masculine and feminine form but not necessarily so. Often all Gods are one God, all Goddesses are one Goddess and is a form of soft polytheism.

    Neo Pagan - The modern Paganism religious movement which does include the revivals of Classical Pagan religions. Neopaganism is more a descriptor or delineation between the Classical Paganism period and the modern Neopaganism religious movement. It is not as such a description of religious beliefs and values.

    As opposed to:

    Classical Paganism - Of the Old World of Greek, Roman, Persian, Canaanite, Babylonian, etc civilisations of non Abrahamic origins.

    Neo-Pagan does not refer to, in religious lexicon to Hinduism, Shinto, Buddhism, and all other indigenous religions including American Native religions as those are more of a continuation of classical Paganism.
    isabellalecour

    Answer by isabellalecour at 8:14 PM on Oct. 18, 2010

  • Duotheist - Belief in only two divine beings. Often a masculine and feminine form but not necessarily so.


    It never consciously occured to me before until you mentioned the two divine beings could be of the same sex, but in The Road to El Dorado (Dreamworks - 2000) is a deotheist civilization.  Neat!

    flatlanderjenn

    Comment by flatlanderjenn (original poster) at 8:57 PM on Oct. 18, 2010

  • Pagan is an umbrella term describing any religion NOT of the Abrahamic Tradition (so anything other than Judaism, Christianity and Islam)


    Wow!  So Buddhism, too?  I figured Hinduism, and right now I'm reading about Rama the god being banished to the forest, and his wife Sita goes with him, and Ravana is a demon who kidnapped Sita...  But Buddhism, too?  Ok.

    flatlanderjenn

    Comment by flatlanderjenn (original poster) at 10:48 AM on Oct. 19, 2010

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