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Are We Pagans or Neo-Pagans?

Are we pagans or neo-pagans?

Is there an essential difference/are there essential differences between our paganism and that of the old pagans?

If so, what is it/are they?

Is the break in continuity between the old and new paganisms unbridgeable?

If not, how do we bridge it?

Can a neo-pagan become pagan or not?

If so, how?

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  • Gus diZerega
    Gus diZerega says #
    The question is a complex one, and I may resurrect and bring up to date a more complete discussion I preseted years ago. Here is t
  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    So: Vedic religion could fairly be described as "pagan," using the characteristics you list above. I think most of us would agree
  • Gus diZerega
    Gus diZerega says #
    Hinduism is many things- as Classical Paganism was, though the mix of emphases varies. Some Hindus are pretty obviously Pagan in
  • Gus diZerega
    Gus diZerega says #
    Alright- a LONG elevator ride!
  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    I only wish, Gus, it were around a campfire with one of Paganistan's Finest in hand (we do us proud with beers and ciders, wine no

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A Wiccan on Wiccanate Privilege

There's been a lot of talk since PantheaCon in the blogsphere recently about Wiccanate privilege.  I was not at PantheaCon, but to the best of my ability to determine, it is a general sense of being marginalized in the Pagan community that exists among a variety of Pagans who do not follow a path that resembles (at least superficially) Wicca.  They feel that most "Pagan" rituals and gatherings are Wiccan-normative, and they would prefer that this assumption is not made in pan-Pagan ritual, conversations and gatherings.  There have been some excellent articles on the topic; here's one at the Wild Hunt; here's one at Finnchuill's Mast; here's one by T. Thorn Coyle in regards to a controversial "Wiccanate" prayer she gave at the gathering; here's one at Of Thespiae (a Hellenic Reconstructionist blog); here's a couple by fellow PaganSquare writers Stifyn Emrys and Taylor Ellwood; here's a couple by fellow Patheos writers Yvonne Aburrow, Niki Whiting, Julian Betkowski, John Halstead and Jason Mankey at Raise the Horns; and P. Sufenas Virius Lupus, writer of "Queer I Stand" at Patheos, has commented about it extensively around the internet though I couldn't find a specific blog post on the topic in my search (though e was at the conference).  If you read all of these, you'll probably get a good handle on the many different sides of the issue and what various people's take on it is: and if you read the comments, it will be more informative still.  If you haven't done so yet, do it; then come back here in an hour or three if you still want to hear my opinion.  Don't worry, I'll wait . . .

Here's my thoughts as someone who identifies as a Wiccan: I think that those who are advocating for this are right!  I think that most people, within and without the Pagan community, do assume that "Wiccanate" paths are the norm.  And I do think we need to be more inclusive and accommodating in our language and form.  No question about it!  Our community is still small enough that I don't think we can afford to alienate each other.  Let's try to get along in a climate of mutual respect.

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  • Jay
    Jay says #
    As a former Pagan, I stumbled across the discussion of the word "Wiccanate" way past its cultural debut. Needless to say I'm out o
  • Roberto Quintas
    Roberto Quintas says #
    Thinking that I find your article and this social network before the heavy complaints in Ptaheos against mine elitism, it's kind o
  • Ruadhán J McElroy
    Ruadhán J McElroy says #
    You did not join any Yahoogroups in the 1990s, nobody did. Several free (or mostly-free) elist services existed, and Yahoo had a B
  • Sable Aradia
    Sable Aradia says #
    Thank you for correcting me. Yes, it was eGroups that we started out on, which was later purchased by Yahoo. I had forgotten.
  • Samuel Wagar
    Samuel Wagar says #
    I guess "Pagans for Peace" is a derivative of Reclaiming in some way, although we haven't done Reclaiming style stuff forever. Wel

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