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  Meanings of the terms Pagan and Paganism
Paganism is occasionally used to refer to animistic, spirits-and-essences filled belief systems.
A rare use of "Pagan" is to describe a person who does not follow an main Abrahamic religion.
One condemned Christmas' practices as "merely variations of the ceremonies invented by the corrupt pagans of yesterday." It refers to the Christian concept of the Trinity as deriving from "Pagan Babylon." "The religion of pagan Babylon did not disappear...it was passed on down, to 'Mystery Babylon,'...[the] mother of abominations of the earth.
www.religioustolerance.org /paganism.htm   (2746 words)

  Paganism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Paganism (from Latin paganus, meaning "a country dweller" or "civilian") is a blanket term which has come to connote a broad set of spiritual or religious beliefs and practices of natural or polytheistic religions, as opposed to the Abrahamic monotheistic religions.
The term pagan is from Latin paganus, an adjective originally meaning "rural", "rustic" or "of the country." As a noun, paganus was used to mean "country dweller, villager." In colloquial use, it would mean much the same as calling someone a 'bumkin' or a 'hillbilly'.
Both "pagan" and "heathen" have historically been used as a pejorative by adherents of monotheistic religions (such as Judaism, Christianity and Islam) to indicate a disbeliever in their religion.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Paganism   (2007 words)

 Germanic paganism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Germanic paganism was a polytheistic religion with similarities to other European and West-Asian pagan traditions, such as Finnish paganism, Sami religion, Slavic paganism, Baltic paganism, Roman paganism, Greek paganism and Vedic religion.
The majority of the evidence for Germanic paganism, both written and monumental, was likely intentionally destroyed when Christianity slowly gained dominant political power in Germania and later Scandinavia throughout the mediæval period.
Although perhaps singularly most responsible for the destruction of pagan sites, purported massacres such as the Bloody Verdict of Verden and the subsequent dismantling of ancient tribal ruling systems, the Frankish emperor Charlemagne is said to have made a substantial collection of Germanic pre-Christian writings, which was deliberately destroyed after his death.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Germanic_paganism   (2070 words)

 Thelemapedia: The Encyclopedia of Thelema & Magick | Paganism
Paganism (or "Heathenism") is a catch-all term which has come to bundle together (by extension from its original classical meaning of a non-Christian religion) a very broad set of not necessarily compatible religious beliefs and practices that are usually, but not necessarily, characterized by polytheism and, less commonly, animism.
Ancient paganism tended in many cases to be a deification of the political process, with "state divinities" assigned to various localities (Athena in Athens, for example).
In another sense, as used by modern practitioners, paganism is a polytheistic, panentheistic or pantheistic often nature-based religious practice.
www.thelemapedia.org /index.php/Paganism   (1217 words)

 Neopaganism in Central-Eastern Europe   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-09)
The direct inspiration for the modern attempts to revive Lithuanian paganism was the tradition of the Baltic holiday of summer solstice, when people put wreaths on their heads or float them on the rivers.
In Ukraine the founder of paganism in the modern era was Volodimir Shayan, born in Lvov in 1908.
The poem refers to the affinity of the Polish paganism with ancient Indo-Iranian beliefs and the main theme of it is the cult of Jaryla, a dionisian deity of eastern and southern Slavs.
vinland.org /heathen/pagancee   (2928 words)

 Paganism & Neo - Paganism
Pagans see the divine as immanent in the whole of life and the universe; in every tree, plant, animal and object, man and woman and in the dark side of life as much as in the light.
Paganism has developed alongside mankind for thousands of years; as cultures have changed so has Paganism, yet it is grounded in deep rooted genetic memories that go back to neolithic times and before.
Pagans are usually polytheistic (believing in more than one god), and they usually believe in immanance, or the concept of divinity residing in all things.
www.crystalinks.com /paganism.html   (1891 words)

Paganism is a broad, eclectic modern religious movement that encompasses shamanistic, ecstatic, polytheistic, and magical religions.
Paganism is sometimes referred to as Neo-Paganism to emphasize its connections to as well as difference from pre-Christian religions.
Paganism is a worldwide phenomenon and includes revived and updated ancient European practices and religions, feminist Goddess-worship, and religions inspired by science-fiction writings.
www.paganpride.org /resources/pen-paganism.html   (1002 words)

 What is Paganism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-09)
A Pagan is a member of an eclectic, mostly modern, religious movement encompassing a broad array of religions that revere the Divine in nature and/or draw upon the myths and symbols of ancient faiths.
Most are Pagans that practice a priest/esshood involving religious and psychic training and initiation, worship deity in both masculine and feminine forms, and practice life affirming rites during phases of the moon and changes of the seasons.
Paganism is the freedom to follow the Spirit within and without, calling it many names, revering the power it gives and brings to all life, in any way you choose, or any path you take.
www.paganinstitute.org /p-what_is_paganism.html   (2549 words)

 ALT.PAGAN Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
This newsgroup is for the discussion of paganism and Witchcraft in their various forms and traditions; for sharing ideas for ritual and completed liturgy; for networking with others of a like mind and those who are not; for answering questions and disseminating information about paganism and Witchcraft (and, occasionally, for dispelling the misconceptions about same).
The words paganism and pagan come from the Latin "paganus," meaning "country dweller." Neopagans hold a reverence for the Earth and all its creatures, generally see all life as interconnected, and tend to strive to attune one's self to the manifestation of this belief as seen in the cycles of nature.
Paganism (with a capital "P") is one strand of neopaganism which strives to allow each person to draw from whatever religious and cultural traditions are meaningful for the individual.
www.faqs.org /faqs/paganism-faq   (5681 words)

 Reyn's Cloud   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-09)
Paganism was nullified in the West, and in the East it was very spread out so pagans couldn't organize.
First of all, paganism has no religious leaders whatsoever, and Gardner, though recognized for what he has done for paganism, is certainly not seen as anything even approaching divine.
The only things common between all pagans is their love and respect for nature, their firm conviction not ever to harm anybody or anything unless forced to, their respect of free choice and free will, and their belief that there is no One True Religion.
eaglestorm.net /pagan.html   (1200 words)

Paganism, or neo-Paganism as it is often called in its contemporary expressions, is the generic name for a number of traditions which seek harmony and spiritual growth through the natural world (pagan means rustic or rural).
Pagan beliefs can be broadly categorised in three streams — polytheism (belief in many gods), pantheism (belief that the whole of reality is divine) and animism (the belief that spirits are active in aspects of the environment).
Pagan faiths tend to be highly individualistic or local, without formal doctrines or institutions.
www.abc.net.au /religion/stories/s796571.htm   (846 words)

Paganism refers to a very broad set of religious beliefs and practices which are characterized by polytheism and less commonly animism.
In one well-established sense, paganism is the belief in any non-monotheistic religion, and in this sense it is often used pejoratively by adherents to monotheistic religions (such as Judaism, Christianity and Islam) for adherents of non-monotheistic religions.
However, until the rise of Romanticism and the general acceptance of freedom of religion in Western civilization, "paganism" was almost always used disparagingly of someone else's beliefs.
www.gamesinathens.com /olympics/p/pa/paganism.shtml   (654 words)

Paganism offers a retreat from dogmatic faith’s, it encourages the believer to make their own rules and to decide these rules around their own modern lifestyles.
Most people now realise that pagans, wiccans and witches do not worship the devil, or that they don’t even believe in it, the term witch has been used less and less by prominent pagans and new age writers, therefore dispelling the connotations that the word witch brings.
Paganism has been pushed into the limelight, and has taken its staring role well, countless films, books and television shows are dedicated to the Craft, without mentioning a certain little boy with round glasses and fancy scar on his forehead.
www.fazed.com /lifestyle/paganism.html   (863 words)

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Paganism can be traced back to Neolithic times and survived up until the middle ages when Christianity became powerful enough to erase it from existence.
Paganism is an earth based religion which lays emphasis on the worship of all aspects of nature.
Pagans believed that the Gods were immanent and entered every aspect of their society, influencing everything from laws and customs to the general workings of their community.
library.thinkquest.org /28111   (375 words)

 BBC - Religion & Ethics - Introduction to Paganism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-09)
Paganism encompasses a diverse community with some groups concentrating on specific traditions, practices or elements such as ecology, witchcraft, Celtic traditions or certain gods.
Pagans are not sexual deviants, do not worship the devil, are not evil, do not practice 'fl magic' and their practices do not involve harming people or animals.
The Pagan Federation of Great Britain have no precise figures but estimate that the number of Pagans in the British Isles is between 50,000 and 200,000 (2002).
www.bbc.co.uk /religion/religions/paganism/intro.shtml   (195 words)

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Paganism is a spiritual way of life and its origins are rooted in the ancient nature religions of the world.
Pagans may or may not worship within a pantheon, that is a realm or group of gods and goddesses of all different creeds.
Pagans believe that within the Universe there is a holy continuum of consciousness, which exists in everything from inanimate objects to the pantheons of gods.
elevated.freeyellow.com /page25.html   (1067 words)

 PEN: Modern Paganism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-09)
Paganism is a broad, eclectic contemporary religious movement that encompasses shamanistic, ecstatic, polytheistic, and magical religions.
Contemporary Paganism is interwoven with artistic, visionary, and libertarian traditions and emphasizes the free will of the individual.
While the largest segment of the Pagan population is Caucasian and middle class, Paganism cuts across all lines, whether racial, occupational, or class- or gender-based.
www.bloomington.in.us /~pen/mpagan.html   (1147 words)

 The Revealer: Paganism
The Cauldron: A Pagan Forum is an active web community with a busy message board and tons of reviews, articles and editorials about paganism of every stripe.
Starhawk is one of the matriarchs of modern Paganism, a leader in the anti-globalization movement, and a sharp media critic as well.
Pagan Blogs is currently on hiatus, but has a backlog of highlights and reviews on the ever-growing population of pagan blogs on the Net.
www.therevealer.org /archives/links_000052.php   (586 words)

Paganism has been broadly defined as anyone involved in any religious act, practice, or ceremony which is not Christian.
The pagan usually has a belief in many gods (polytheistic), but only one is chosen as the one to worship which represents the chief god and supreme godhead.
As Christianity progressed into the present age, a pagan became referred to anyone not being a Christian, and paganism denoted a non-Christian belief or religion.
www.allaboutspirituality.org /paganism.htm   (734 words)

 A (much) smaller Social History of Ancient Ireland - Chapter V - Paganism (part A)
The religion of the pagan Irish is commonly designated as Druidism: and in the oldest Irish traditions the druids figure conspicuously.
In the pagan ages, and down far into Christian times, madness was believed to be often brought on by malignant magical agency, usually the work of some druid.
The druids forecasted, partly by observation of natural objects or occurrences, and partly by certain artificial rites: and in the exercise of this function the druid was a fáith [faw] or prophet.
www.alia.ie /tirnanog/sochis/va.html   (1923 words)

 Paganism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-09)
Paganism is a word used to describe those who practise an earth-based religion.
Many Pagans just refer to themselves as Pagans and don't follow a specific path what-so-ever, and instead do what they feel is right.
Pagans do not feel the need to convert people because it is up to each individual to find the religion that is right for them.
www.geocities.com /feathers_1983/pagan   (316 words)

 CUUPS Brochures - What is Paganism?
The word pagan took on the meaning of "those folks out there in the sticks who still do all that old-fashioned stuff." Later it came to mean any member of an indigenous folk or tribal religion or anyone who was not "of the Book" (i.e., the Koran, Bible, Torah).
Pagan theologies reflect an awareness of nature with its cycles of the seasons, as well as the cycles and seasons of human life.
Common among these Pagans is their tie to nature in a way that resonates with their inner spiritual voice.
www.cuups.org /content/publications/whatispaganism.html   (535 words)

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