56I hope you like this, I wish I could have wrote more but ran out of time.
- Aug 22, 2006When you hear the word Pagan most peoples first thought is
Usually "oh devil worshipers", but that is very far from the truth.
The word 'pagan' is derived from a Middle English word, which itself
comes from the from the Latin word paganus, which means 'country
dweller'. This is derived from the Latin word pagus, which
or 'rural area`. Soon a nice little word that described nice people
outside the cities began to have all sorts of connotations. Today,
who live in metropolitan areas usually look upon those who do not
disdain. The same was probably true in the days of the Roman Empire
well. Back then, as now, things always seemed to begin in the
eventually trickled down into the country villages. The country
were always behind in the latest news, fashion and spiritual
Whatever religion that may have been sweeping across the cities
was not practiced out in the country right away. Therefore the
probably out of step whenever a new religion came along. It just
longer for the missionaries to convert the farmers who were spread
the country than it did the centralized population centers of the
the result was the pagani would continue practicing the old religion
the new religion had supplanted it in the cities.
From their point of view, the metropolitan population had many
disdain a pagan. For them, a pagan dressed strangely, worked in the
day, was ignorant, illiterate, and uneducated. To top it off a pagan
worshipped the wrong gods.
Here are some official definitions that I found.
If one would look up the word pagan in a dictionary, you could find
definitions like these:
n. One who is not a Christian, Muslim, or Jew
n. A heathen
n. One who has no religion
n. A non-Christian
n. A hedonist
n. One who worships false gods
n. An idolater
n. One who does not acknowledge God
adj. Not Christian, Muslim, or Jewish
adj. Professing no religion
adj. Not acknowledging God
There are two things that are wrong with going with a dictionary
They are biased towards the predominantly Judeo-Christian Western
They are too broad to be a definition.
They are too broad to be a definition.
The Judeo-Christian bias continues the derogatory use of this word.
been shown that the origin of the word had developed outside Judeo-
Christian culture, yet this adoption of it continues to this day.
broadness of the definition is a problem. Since it is an
definition, many who would take umbrage at being labeled as 'pagan'
labeled nonetheless. Using a dictionary definition of the word
would include Buddhists, Taoists, Hindus, Traditional Native
Agnostics and Atheists.
That is the definitions from the internet. Now this is what I saw
when I went
down to a meeting in Longview. I went to a monthly meeting and met a
wonderful group of people. They come together once a month to
they're lives and support each other. They come from different
Paganism, they have different covens, and groups as well as
Some specialize in herbs, some in healings, some in readings, but
have so much in common as well.
What I see and hope to see more of in this wonderful group
people, is that they are always learning and teaching and being
of each other. They believe in balance and karma and enjoying life,
nature and everything it has to offer. They go by the moon cycles
planting as well as other things. They believe you must not harm
for it is not when you die that you pay for your sins or bad doings,
while you are still here that karma will come and bite you on the
They do not worship the devil, they do not believe in him period.
Christianity brought about the devil. In my opinion I believe that
"Christians" can learn a lot from the Pagans, (especially the ones
met). I hear this church saying ," that church is worshipping wrong
going to `hell' because they don't believe in the same thing." I
heard this from the Pagans, that this group or coven is wrong for
they worship and will be punished or banished in some way. What I
is of two covens coming together for special occasions or rituals
I feel that this religion or culture what ever you like to
call it, needs
not to be feared but accepted into the mainstream. We can learn a
them, as I hope to. I don't think they should be looked at any
you would a catholic or a Baptist or any other religion. For it as
you learn in
what ever church you go to, it is not your place to judge.
To end this paper, but by no means ending my learning of
I want to say, the next time you blow out your birthday candles with
or you send out a prayer this comes from those that some fear,
My new friends The Pagans!
I found the definitions of pagan from a web site called BBC h2g2.