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Author Topic: Which Pagan religions are NOT nature-earth based?  (Read 21872 times)
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« Reply #15: May 01, 2008, 03:22:23 pm »

I asked because, in addition to reading it elsewhere, I'm in the middle of reading "Drawing Down the Moon" (obviously written with a Wiccan slant) and Margot Adler states this claim up front.  It would seem from most of the regulars here though that such is not the case.
In fact, I get the feeling that Wiccans are the minority at this particular forum.  There's got to be a poll here for that already, I'll have to hunt around for it. 

(I wanted to quote Eadie here, but I can't insert the quote now, it only goes back so may posts.  Argh.. manual time!)
I see what you're saying -  there's another way to look at this too:  perhaps there are more Pagan religions that are not earth or nature centered/worshiping, but, if there are more people in Wicca than the others,  then judging solely by body count,  one might say that most Pagans (but not pagan religions) are nature-based. (Whether that's accurate or not, I have no idea).  I don't think this what she (Adler) said though.  I'm pretty sure she stated "Pagan religions". 

Having read Adler (lo these many years ago - like in the '70's), I'd say she has a rather eclectic Wiccan slant to her writing.  But, while there are a LOT of very vocal eclectics and neo-wiccans who claim nature-based, I have no clue if they are in the majority or not.  Not on this board - you are right.  At least with the more long term members - I would say well less than half truly qualify as Wiccan/BTW/neo-Wiccan.  But I have also noticed that the reconstructionists and other non-nature-based people tend to be less likely to announce their beliefs from the rooftops as it were.  I could, of course, be wrong - this is just my experience.  So, it would be hard to say if even in sheer numbers whether nature-based is in the majority.  Especially since many of the people who are only pagan for a short time - for whatever reason -seem to mostly be in the nature-based catagory - so the 'membership' would have a higher turnover rate...

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