Re: [sig]Native Faith
- The comments on the original, pre-christian faiths of
the slavic countries re-emerging have been
I would agree that using the term "pagan" will have a
lot of bad connotations there; I've been reading some
Polish history, and it seems that (even while most of
the country had converted to christianity) the
Teutonic Knights had deliberately mislead western
europe into believeing Poland was still "pagan", and
used this as a pretext to wage war on them, as well as
for a recruiting tactic. And of course, "pagan" is
the christian term for "non-believer", or is at least
in the contexts I've heard it.
As regards "paganism" in places like the USA, one must
recall that the culture here is a fragmented one, born
of many traditions, and that makes it difficult to
return to _any_ ethnic tradition in strength!
Britain, too, is a melange of many cultures, and the
language itself was formed as a hybrid of several of
cultures. While they have somewhat more consistency
of ethnic origin, much of the past history of it has
gotten lost in the shuffle, so to speak.
I'm glad to hear that Eastern Europe, after all it has
been through, is still able to resurrect (heh!) some
truly old traditions...
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