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« Topic Start: April 15, 2010, 02:09:05 am »

I'm a student in California, and I'm doing a research paper on pagan religions, and although I'm not quite sure if this is allowed, I was wondering if people would be willing to write about their experiences and what they do. I'm personally a catholic, but I'm not here to prosecute anybody, I'm just interested in what actual practitioners have to say. I didn't want  to scope out the other forums in case people wouldn't want me to do that, so I started this thread instead. Any help would be fantastic, so thank you in advance.
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« Reply #1: April 15, 2010, 03:04:30 am »



Joy, I just joined yesterday with the same initial plan for research. You have to send an email to RandallS detailing your plans.
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« Reply #2: April 15, 2010, 03:06:42 am »

I'm a student in California, and I'm doing a research paper on pagan religions, and although I'm not quite sure if this is allowed, I was wondering if people would be willing to write about their experiences and what they do. I'm personally a catholic, but I'm not here to prosecute anybody, I'm just interested in what actual practitioners have to say. I didn't want  to scope out the other forums in case people wouldn't want me to do that, so I started this thread instead. Any help would be fantastic, so thank you in advance.

Do you have specific questions that you wanted answered or are you looking for a general over view?
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« Reply #3: April 15, 2010, 06:58:31 am »

I'm a student in California, and I'm doing a research paper on pagan religions, and although I'm not quite sure if this is allowed, I was wondering if people would be willing to write about their experiences and what they do. I'm personally a catholic, but I'm not here to prosecute anybody, I'm just interested in what actual practitioners have to say. I didn't want  to scope out the other forums in case people wouldn't want me to do that, so I started this thread instead. Any help would be fantastic, so thank you in advance.

Lady Joy, the link to research guidelines is here: http://www.ecauldron.net/forum/index.php?topic=34.0

In general we're pretty open to research, but specifics are up to Randall. Smiley
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« Reply #4: April 15, 2010, 08:12:54 am »

I'm a student in California, and I'm doing a research paper on pagan religions, and although I'm not quite sure if this is allowed, I was wondering if people would be willing to write about their experiences and what they do. I'm personally a catholic, but I'm not here to prosecute anybody, I'm just interested in what actual practitioners have to say. I didn't want  to scope out the other forums in case people wouldn't want me to do that, so I started this thread instead. Any help would be fantastic, so thank you in advance.

This is your second question have you read our research guidelines?  They are a part of the rules you agreed to read before posting when you signed up.
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« Reply #5: April 15, 2010, 07:34:57 pm »

This is your second question have you read our research guidelines?  They are a part of the rules you agreed to read before posting when you signed up.
i tried to send you an email to ask permission, but i couldn't figure out how to do it. Sad
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« Reply #6: April 15, 2010, 07:40:20 pm »

i tried to send you an email to ask permission, but i couldn't figure out how to do it. Sad

Under Randall's picture is a little envelope icon.  Click on that, it'll make an email window for you.
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« Reply #7: April 15, 2010, 08:56:39 pm »

Do you have specific questions that you wanted answered or are you looking for a general over view?
my research project's central question is why are pagans prosecuted by orthodox religions. I wanted know what are the viewpoints of this by actual people who practice, and what their experiences have been. Also, I want to know how people practice, because different people do certain things differently from others of that same strain. What would you do if you chose to fight back to prosecutions, has anyone, and what misunderstandings/assumptions about one's religion been?
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« Reply #8: April 15, 2010, 09:14:51 pm »

my research project's central question is why are pagans prosecuted by orthodox religions. I wanted know what are the viewpoints of this by actual people who practice, and what their experiences have been.

'Fraid I can't help you, then, as I've never really felt persecuted.

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Also, I want to know how people practice, because different people do certain things differently from others of that same strain.

That's still a rather large question; religious practice still covers a lot of ground.  Was there any particular sort of practice you wanted to look at?  And how is this going to fit in with your examination of the prosecution of pagans?  It might help us give you more helpful answers if we knew how you see the two subjects relating to each other.
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« Reply #9: April 15, 2010, 10:23:43 pm »

my research project's central question is why are pagans prosecuted by orthodox religions.

I'll email you a reply tomorrow, but you may not get much help on that question here because there really isn't a lot of actual persecution by other religions, at least not in the US and Europe. Sure, there are raving TV preachers ranting about how Pagans eat babies and caused 9/11 but not much actual persecution by other religions. What persecution there is is usually done by individuals.
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« Reply #10: April 15, 2010, 10:47:14 pm »

I'll email you a reply tomorrow, but you may not get much help on that question here because there really isn't a lot of actual persecution by other religions, at least not in the US and Europe.

It's there in subtle ways. But I guess a better term may be discrimination. Persecution I think implies some action being taken against a person and I don't think there's a whole lot of that going on in the US, but there definitely is (and I'm speaking as someone who lives in a very rural area) ill will toward non-Christians and non-Jews. It's hard to really put my finger on, the south is infamous for it's passive aggressive nature after all, but it's something.
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« Reply #11: April 16, 2010, 02:58:17 am »

I'll email you a reply tomorrow, but you may not get much help on that question here because there really isn't a lot of actual persecution by other religions, at least not in the US and Europe. Sure, there are raving TV preachers ranting about how Pagans eat babies and caused 9/11 but not much actual persecution by other religions. What persecution there is is usually done by individuals.
Yeah, I've been obviously Heathen since I was a child (even when I was non-practicing I continued to look the part) and I've never felt persecuted. Even when I worked real estate in a very conservative area, my experience was that most people either don't care or are at least too afraid/polite to say anything. Of course I got asked stupid questions from time to time, for which I usually had very sarcastic and completely uninformative answers.  Tongue
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« Reply #12: April 16, 2010, 07:52:27 am »

my research project's central question is why are pagans prosecuted by orthodox religions.

Try the archives of the Wild Hunt blog (http://wildhunt.org/blog/). Jason usually covers stuff like that if it makes mainstream media. A quick search on "persecution" brought up a ton of entries.

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« Reply #13: April 19, 2010, 07:39:58 am »

Try the archives of the Wild Hunt blog (http://wildhunt.org/blog/). Jason usually covers stuff like that if it makes mainstream media. A quick search on "persecution" brought up a ton of entries.

Karen

Might also want to check Cauldron Born.  He has a tendency to cover that as well.  It's a heathen-oriented blog, as opposed to general paganism.
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« Reply #14: April 19, 2010, 03:09:22 pm »

my research project's central question is why are pagans prosecuted by orthodox religions. I wanted know what are the viewpoints of this by actual people who practice, and what their experiences have been. Also, I want to know how people practice, because different people do certain things differently from others of that same strain. What would you do if you chose to fight back to prosecutions, has anyone, and what misunderstandings/assumptions about one's religion been?

The data you get isn't really going to answer 'why pagans are prosecuted', but might give you something about the variety in Pagans' discourse around persecution.  If this is your central question, how are you relating peoples' practice to it?  Sometimes in research, especially qualitative, you may have to cut out data that isn't really to do with your question; it's better to avoid introducing exraneous questions yourself!

Good luck with the project.
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