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This may sound stupid.. but could someone explain to me what a Pagan is?

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SuperrMommyy

Asked by SuperrMommyy at 2:24 PM on Jun. 30, 2011 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • My post up there about Paganism as a Whole will do a much better explaining than I can in this little box. But there really are quite a few definitions. First, Pagan is a term which is used to describe anything that's not Abrahamic. Second, it's a way to define someone who follows a religion which is either classified as "New Age" (such as Wicca) or which is directly tied to an Ancient Religion (such as Druid).


    This will go in to more detail as well - What Is Pagan?

    SabrinaMBowen

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 3:18 PM on Jun. 30, 2011

  • Crafty26

    Answer by Crafty26 at 2:30 PM on Jun. 30, 2011

  • I'll leave it to the Pagans to explain, but I like how you admitted that you weren't aware what one is, lol. Here's a bump for that! :)
    LovingSAHMommy

    Answer by LovingSAHMommy at 2:53 PM on Jun. 30, 2011

  • General rule (not followed by all, but usually a good clue):
    pagan (lowecase p) refers to any non-Abrahamic religion (meaning anything not Jewish, Christian, Muslim, but also not atheist/agnostic)
    Pagan (uppercase p) refers to people who self-identify as Pagans, usually Eclectic Pagans, meaning they pull from multiple religions and multiple pantheons of gods and goddesses.

    A Wiccan may identify as either Wiccan or Pagan or pagan. A witch may identify as Pagan but have nothing to do with Wicca (an actual organized religion). There are others that also identify as their actual religion (Helenist, Kemetic, Germanic Heathen, etc), but are included (whether we want to be or not) under the pagan umbrella.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 3:03 PM on Jun. 30, 2011

  • Pagan is a term that covers a variety of polytheistic religions. This means that they have multiple gods. In the past it was used by Christians to refer to anyone of a non-abrahamic religion. Pagan religions often involve the reverence and worship of nature, with their gods and goddesses representing these forces. A pagan could answer you better, but I thought this may help for now.
    kit_manson

    Answer by kit_manson at 2:34 PM on Jun. 30, 2011

  • The term pagan is a descriptor that just means non-Abrahamic...as opposed to Pagan which pertains to the new religious movement of (contemporary) Paganism. Paganism is composed of many distinct spiritual paths, rather than one unified religious tradition. Theologically Pagans may be anything from polytheistic or pantheistic. Pagan practices generally incorporate the use of ritual and/or magic(k) to commemorate the seasons and holidays, and to honor divinity as they see it. Often individual and group paths are based in the reconstruction, revival, inspiration or eclectic mix of one or multiple pre-Christian pagan faiths and other pagan religions such as Buddhism, Hindu, etc.



    thalassa

    Answer by thalassa at 2:59 PM on Jun. 30, 2011

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