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Mon Apr 23, 2012, 02:19 PM

8. Which certainly includes several Eastern ones.

"Pagan" religions run the gamut from fairly thorough adoption of a cohesive earlier faith about which much is well-understood and which has a meaningful historical trajectory - variants of Hinduism for example, to silly made up pastiches of genuine but unconnected old beliefs and never-were modern fantasies, with Gardnerite Wicca being foremost here. In between might be affectations based on presumptions about dead faiths such as Norse theology, where almost all we know comes from one written work created long centuries after such faiths were supposedly relevant, or hit-and-miss adoption of bits from older faiths which, while fairly well documented per se, are too fragmentary to create a viable faith system such as Egyptian or Babylonian mythologies, or Druidism.

Very very few people who are Pagan by affirmation can honestly say they follow an older faith about which we have a fairly full understanding and which exists today as a cohesive belief system. Hindus and Buddhists on the other hand follow faiths that predate Christianity and which have been viable complete belief systems throughout history, while of course changing as all such religions do.

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