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Gryffindor_Bookworm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 06:19 PM
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What is Paganism or Neo-Paganism?
Edited on Sun Nov-14-04 06:20 PM by Gryffindor_Bookworm
I just took the Belief Net Belief-o-Matic. These were my results:

1. Neo-Pagan (100%) http://www.beliefnet.com/story/80/story_8058_1.html
2. Mahayana Buddhism (96%) http://www.beliefnet.com/story/80/story_8045_1.html
3. New Age (89%) http://www.beliefnet.com/story/80/story_8055_1.html
4. Hinduism (88%) http://www.beliefnet.com/story/80/story_8047_1.html
5. Unitarian Universalism (85%) http://www.beliefnet.com/story/80/story_8041_1.html
6. Sikhism (78%) http://www.beliefnet.com/story/80/story_8049_1.html
7. Liberal Quakers (73%) http://www.beliefnet.com/story/80/story_8038_1.html
8. Theravada Buddhism (71%) http://www.beliefnet.com/story/80/story_8042_1.html
9. Jainism (70%) http://www.beliefnet.com/story/80/story_8048_1.html
10. Reform Judaism (69%) http://www.beliefnet.com/story/80/story_8054_1.html
11. Scientology (69%) http://www.beliefnet.com/story/80/story_8057_1.html
12. New Thought (67%) http://www.beliefnet.com/story/80/story_8056_1.html
13. Bah' Faith (65%) http://www.beliefnet.com/story/80/story_8051_1.html
14. Taoism (59%) http://www.beliefnet.com/story/80/story_8059_1.html
15. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (58%) http://www.beliefnet.com/story/80/story_8039_1.html
16. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (53%) http://www.beliefnet.com/story/80/story_8028_1.html
17. Orthodox Judaism (52%) http://www.beliefnet.com/story/80/story_8053_1.html
18. Islam (48%) http://www.beliefnet.com/story/80/story_8052_1.html
19. Orthodox Quaker (40%) http://www.beliefnet.com/story/80/story_8037_1.html
20. Secular Humanism (38%) http://www.beliefnet.com/story/80/story_8040_1.html
21. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (26%) http://www.beliefnet.com/story/80/story_8029_1.html
22. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (26%) http://www.beliefnet.com/story/80/story_8035_1.html
23. Nontheist (22%) http://www.beliefnet.com/story/80/story_8027_1.html
24. Seventh Day Adventist (18%) http://www.beliefnet.com/story/80/story_8036_1.html
25. Eastern Orthodox (13%) http://www.beliefnet.com/story/80/story_8033_1.html
26. Roman Catholic (13%) http://www.beliefnet.com/story/80/story_8030_1.html
27. Jehovah's Witness (12%) http://www.beliefnet.com/story/80/story_8034_1.html


I am 100% compatible with something I am interested in but have no real understanding of. Can anyone enlighten?

Edit: I read what the site has to say, but would like to hear something more personal from other DUers. Thanks!
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 06:32 PM
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1. we are very close to getting a wicca/pagan group going
i can't really help you much but also look forward to the new group so we can ask the practioners some questions
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Gryffindor_Bookworm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 06:34 PM
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2. Great!
So Wicca and Paganism are the same thing?
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 06:36 PM
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3. i don't think so. but heck that's what we will learn I guess LOL n/t
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drfemoe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 06:45 PM
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4. No they are not.
Edited on Sun Nov-14-04 06:49 PM by drfemoe
Wicca is ONE form of Paganism. There are many more, including, as I said in your other thread, NO religion at all.

From your first link:
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Neo-Pagans are a community of faiths bringing ancient Pagan and magickal traditions to the modern age--including mostly Wicca but also Druidism, Asatru, Shamanism, neo-Native American, and more. Neo-Pagan is an umbrella term for various and diverse beliefs with many elements in common. Some Neo-Pagans find no incongruence practicing Neo-Paganism along with adherence to another faith, such as Christianity or Judaism.
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drfemoe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 06:46 PM
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5. Why can't we use this group
for that? "Astrology, Spirituality & Alternative Healing" seems to encompass that topic, does it not?
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comradebillyboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 06:50 PM
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6. should be totally compatable
cuz astrology's roots are purely pagan (but not wiccan)
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Beaverhausen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-15-04 02:40 PM
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12. Where can I go and vote for the creation of a wicca/pagan group
I would love it be part of it...thanks
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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 07:11 PM
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7. Okay, here ya go:
Official definitions aside, here is what "neo-paganism" means to me:

"neo" = a new version of an older tradition.

"pagan" = outside the judeo/christian tradition; pre-judeo/christian.


Includes everything outside of judaism, christianity, and islam, including beliefs focused on magic/k, shamanism, old dieties, polytheistic beliefs, eastern religions, skepticism, and most of what falls below your first hit.

Also lurks under the official framework of Christianity.

"Wicca" is just one fraction of neo-paganism, but is probably one of the more prominently discussed.



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pacifictiger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-15-04 03:50 AM
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10. I believe the word pagan
is originally from the latin meaning "country dweller."
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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-15-04 06:40 AM
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11. True, if my memory serves me correctly.
I find the evolution of language to be fascinating.

At least, most of the time. There are a few terms I haven't been able to integrate when they "evolved!"
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Dover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 07:43 PM
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8. Just saw this article on the "Old" Pagans, Assur and Isis
The Genesis of Isis reached England before the Celts, Anglos, Saxons, Romans, Christians, and Normans were there. "Old" Pagans of Assur's prehistoric empire were in England before the Genesis of Isis arrived there.
The legend of Assur and Isis is not just the foundation legend of Egypt. It is the foundation legend of the ancient Pagan world. It begins back at the melt down of the Ice Age. According to the Pagan foundation legend, Assur was the inventor of agriculture and animal husbandry. During the Ice Age, the culture of England was a typical hunting and foraging culture as had sustained humankind for as long as there have been humans. After the Ice Age thawed out, Assur's descendants introduced agriculture and animal husbandry into England as a cultural "package" from the east. That was the "old" Pagan culture of England.
(See the Ice Age and First Kingdom pages on this website for a discussion concerning the meltdown of the Ice Age and the origins of human civilization.)

Assur and his descendants established a far-flung empire of related UrRean kingdoms in the prehistoric period following the melt down of the Ice Age. Upper Egypt and Lower Egypt were pre-Egyptian Nile River civilizations. They were two of the UrRean kingdoms of that prehistoric empire. Agriculture and animal husbandry were practiced in Upper Egypt, Lower Egypt, Hittani, Sumer, and in England, before the birth of Isis. "Old" Pagan England was another one of the UrRean kingdoms of the ancient UrRean empire. That ancient empire rose and fell before the birth of Isis. The "new" Pagans of England were minions of Isis disseminating the Genesis of Isis. They arrived in England after they had "resurrected" Egypt and other old Pagan UrRean kingdoms to the east of England.
(See the Sunwing page on this web site for a discussion concerning the UrRean kings and their prehistoric kingdoms...cont'd

http://www.resurrectisis.org/isisEngland.htm
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Behind the Aegis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-15-04 02:49 AM
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9. I took the test too!
100% Neo-pagan, which I am! :) I am the one who is trying to get a Wicca/Witchcraft/Pagan/Ancient Lore group started!

I hope it will be a place for the like-minded to come together and talk and explore our beliefs. I hope it will also be a place for those seeking information will come in and ask.

I hope you will keep on exploring! :)

Brightest Blessings!
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alijana Donating Member (23 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 12:01 PM
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13. Question?
I would be interested in exploring this topic too. I am interested in the Native beliefs of indigenous peoples. Would the Aboriginal people of Australia and their Dreamtime qualify under pagan? I would appreciate it if this topic would be under the Astrology, Spirtuality, and Alternative Healing Forum as there are several other threads that I am following.

Joy
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 07:21 PM
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14. here's the new group on paganism
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LibertyLover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-18-04 01:34 PM
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15. Wicca and paganism
Wicca is to paganism what Lutheran is to Christian. By that I mean Wiccans are pagan, but not all pagans or neo-pagans are Wiccans.

As for paganism/neo-paganism, what I was taught (and your mileage will vary) is that the word "paganism" generally refers to the old pre-Christian religions (or paleo-paganism) of the world, i.e. Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Greco-Roman, while neo-paganism refers to the new pagan religions, like Wicca and witchcraft. I would also put most of the revived paleo-pagan religions under the neo-pagan banner, but that's just me. Some of the family traditions I would put under paganism.
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havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-20-04 02:44 PM
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16. Book recommendation for you to start your quest & exploration
People of the Earth: The New Pagans Speak Out by
Ellen Evert Hopman, Lawrence Bond

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