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Author Topic: Terms for the UK Census  (Read 8614 times)
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« Reply #9: February 25, 2011, 04:07:06 pm »

Introducing an already established umbrella-term as an alternative to sef-identifying with the term 'Pagan' (particularly for those who are less... deity-focused, if you'll excuse my ambiguity) - pros and cons?
That's actually the first I heard of the 'Holistic' thing. What I've seen about the UK census so far was off of here.

http://www.pagandash.org/

In which, pretty much for the sake of statistics, are encouraging pagans to put down 'pagan.' So far, the oppositions I've seen is from those that object to the word pagan, preferring Heathen, or whatever. The other was from those that weren't comfortable revealing their personal religious beliefs without remaining anonymous.

Anyway, paganDASH seeks to solve the umbrella term issue by encouraging those 'x' "other religion, and put 'PAGAN-<your path here> in the census, ex. PAGAN-Druid(Wiccan, Heathen, Polytheist, e.t.c) I wouldn't mind for the sake of statistics. In the Republic of Ireland for example, the amount of pagans is just an assumed fraction of those that answered "other religion", "pantheist," or "not stating" in the 2006 census. As far as which is which, they look towards the active neo-pagan movements, mainly in Ireland Celtic Polytheism, Druidry, Wicca, and The Fellowship of Isis. Apparently there were around 10,000 registered Pagans in Australia's 2001 census, and after a kind of campaign similar to this, put the numbers to about 70,000! 

I'm going to do it anyway. Although there's a Tri-colour here by my name, I live in Northern Ireland. I'm not trying to make a political statement or anything, but since the U.K is a Sovereign State, and not a country, I like placing emphasis on my cultural affinity. Believe it or not, since I'm originally from the States, some of my friends have asked me, "I thought you lived in Ireland, and not England?" because it says Béal Feirste, UK on my Facebook.  Roll Eyes Some people actually do see the Union Jack, and only think of England, not knowing being "British" also means being Scottish, Irish,&Welsh.
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