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« Topic Start: February 21, 2011, 03:41:44 pm »

 I am fairly new to Paganism and have been wondering what are some of the religions that are considered Pagan. I know of Wicca and Druidry. Is there a site with all the religions listed? If so would someone be so kind to send me a link please.

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« Reply #1: February 21, 2011, 03:56:36 pm »

I am fairly new to Paganism and have been wondering what are some of the religions that are considered Pagan. I know of Wicca and Druidry. Is there a site with all the religions listed? If so would someone be so kind to send me a link please.

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This isn't a complete list - but this site has short articles on many of the major pagan religions:

http://www.ecauldron.net/newpagan.php

This page has a list near the top that leads to the religion articles.

There are others besides what is on this list, of course, but it's a good start.
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« Reply #2: February 21, 2011, 03:58:02 pm »

Is there a site with all the religions listed?

Not that I know of as there are many different definitions of Pagan and all sorts of discussion about which religions are and are not Pagan. You will find a list of some Pagan religions on our Pagan Primer page.

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When many people think of modern Pagan religions, they think of Wicca. While Wicca is probably the largest Pagan of the modern Pagan religions and certainly gets the most media attention, there are actually many Pagan religions. Listed here are a few of the religions that many consider to fall under the collective term "Pagan":

    * Asatru
    * Church of All Worlds
    * Discordianism
    * Druidry
    * Feri
    * Gwyddons
    * Hellenismos
    * Kemeticism
    * Religio Romana
    * Religious Witchcraft
    * Senistrognata
    * Thelema
    * Wicca

And sometimes individuals and sub-groups of the following religions self-identify as Pagan:

    * Candomble
    * Demonolatry
    * Santeria
    * Satanism (Theistic Satanists are the most likely to identify as Pagan)
    * Voudon

Not only are there other Pagan religions besides those listed here, but many of these religions have sub-divisions (denominations/sects/traditions) within them.

Note that many of these religion names are links to more info on the actual page.
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« Reply #3: February 23, 2011, 05:26:52 pm »

Some of us borrow from many other Pagan beliefs for our own personal structure. I do think Paganism is all other beliefs that are not part of the Big three Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam). Buddhism and other Eastern religions can be considered Paganism, but they also vary by beliefs and sects.
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« Reply #4: February 23, 2011, 05:39:09 pm »

Some of us borrow from many other Pagan beliefs for our own personal structure. I do think Paganism is all other beliefs that are not part of the Big three Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam). Buddhism and other Eastern religions can be considered Paganism, but they also vary by beliefs and sects.

Some people might consider them part of Paganism, but in my experience a Buddhist/Hindu/Shinto/etc wouldn't appreciate being called Pagan. At least as far as this board goes, if someone doesn't self-identify as Pagan, they're not.
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« Reply #5: February 23, 2011, 05:50:37 pm »

Some people might consider them part of Paganism, but in my experience a Buddhist/Hindu/Shinto/etc wouldn't appreciate being called Pagan. At least as far as this board goes, if someone doesn't self-identify as Pagan, they're not.

You are very correct in that assumption. Unfortunately, in the USA most beliefs that follow outside the Big Three are deemed Paganism whether they are or are not. A Buddhist can be an atheist, but many do not know that.

Thank you for clarifying my statement as I don't want to start something based on a nomenclature for a religious practice or belief. I am one who does not always like labels, although I do like the term Pagan.
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« Reply #6: February 23, 2011, 06:24:51 pm »

Unfortunately, in the USA most beliefs that follow outside the Big Three are deemed Paganism whether they are or are not.

The term "pagan" is a loaded one to many people, especially ones previously colonized by various Western nations.  The reasons for this have nothing to do with deities.  They have to do with imposed labels intended to marginalize those at whom they're leveled.  "Pagan" is right up there with "savage" for some people, and so regardless of our (the cultural "our") feelings about the term, it's an insult and should be set aside for clearly and less loaded verbiage.  That, I believe, is what Ellen was talking about.

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« Reply #7: February 23, 2011, 06:35:06 pm »

The term "pagan" is a loaded one to many people, especially ones previously colonized by various Western nations.  The reasons for this have nothing to do with deities.  They have to do with imposed labels intended to marginalize those at whom they're leveled.  "Pagan" is right up there with "savage" for some people, and so regardless of our (the cultural "our") feelings about the term, it's an insult and should be set aside for clearly and less loaded verbiage.  That, I believe, is what Ellen was talking about.

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Exactly. Most people who use the term "pagan" (notice the little p) for Buddhists, etc. are talking about them being godless, or not being Christian (or insert religion of choice here). They AREN'T saying "We know of the Neo-Pagan movement and think Buddhists fit that."
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« Reply #8: February 25, 2011, 10:21:48 pm »

Exactly. Most people who use the term "pagan" (notice the little p) for Buddhists, etc. are talking about them being godless, or not being Christian (or insert religion of choice here). They AREN'T saying "We know of the Neo-Pagan movement and think Buddhists fit that."
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« Reply #9: February 28, 2011, 02:27:12 am »

Exactly. Most people who use the term "pagan" (notice the little p) for Buddhists, etc. are talking about them being godless, or not being Christian (or insert religion of choice here). They AREN'T saying "We know of the Neo-Pagan movement and think Buddhists fit that."

I have to wonder about other examples however, like the Chinese folk religion, which is essentially the early polytheistic religion of China that was present before all other ideologies, often revolving around nature. Isn't that the exact Chinese counterpart to pagan beliefs as they existed in Europe?
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« Reply #10: February 28, 2011, 05:08:39 pm »

I have to wonder about other examples however, like the Chinese folk religion, which is essentially the early polytheistic religion of China that was present before all other ideologies, often revolving around nature. Isn't that the exact Chinese counterpart to pagan beliefs as they existed in Europe?
It doesn't matter whether they are or not. The issue isn't whether Buddhism or Chinese folk religion or whatever does fit under that umbrella, the issue is that most people don't know of, or don't know enough about, the neoPagan movement, to have a clue what fits - and mostly don't care; they're interested in positioning their own religion (usually Christianity) as "civilized religion worshipping The Real GodTM", and whatever they're labelling "pagan" as "primitive religion with false gods".

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« Reply #11: March 09, 2011, 08:51:42 pm »

You are very correct in that assumption. Unfortunately, in the USA most beliefs that follow outside the Big Three are deemed Paganism whether they are or are not. A Buddhist can be an atheist, but many do not know that.

Thank you for clarifying my statement as I don't want to start something based on a nomenclature for a religious practice or belief. I am one who does not always like labels, although I do like the term Pagan.

Actually most people I know say that Buddhism doesn't require believ in God.

One definition of Pagan means "not Abrahamic". This means that Judiasm, Christianity, Islam, and Baha'i are the only non-pagan religions. Another one is a religion that is ancient, not related to the "big three" and isn't practiced very much anymore. This would exclude Sihkism, Hinduism and possibly Shinto, but include the ancient roman and egyptian religions, as well as gnosticism and Zoroastrianism.
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« Reply #12: March 09, 2011, 09:14:05 pm »

Another one is a religion that is ancient, not related to the "big three" and isn't practiced very much anymore. This would exclude Sihkism, Hinduism and possibly Shinto, but include the ancient roman and egyptian religions, as well as gnosticism and Zoroastrianism.

It would also exclude Wicca.
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« Reply #13: March 09, 2011, 09:25:17 pm »

It would also exclude Wicca.

And Druidism, to a certain extent.
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« Reply #14: March 09, 2011, 10:05:26 pm »

And Druidism, to a certain extent.

Although those are "neopagan" which are revivals or amalgations.
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