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Question: How long have you defined yourself as Pagan?
for less than a year - 8 (11.8%)
for over a year - 17 (25%)
for over 5 years - 15 (22.1%)
for over 10 years - 16 (23.5%)
for over 20 years - 11 (16.2%)
for over 40 years - 0 (0%)
I don't see myself as Pagan - 1 (1.5%)
Total Voters: 67

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Author Topic: Pagan self-definition and Pagan community  (Read 11437 times)
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« Reply #3: June 08, 2008, 10:14:34 am »

Some points for discussion if you like
What made you decide to define yourself as Pagan as opposed to someone who is just interested in myths, history, nature, meditation, esoteric stuff etc.?
  • Have you pondered that label for a while or did you suddenly discover it and had some sort of key experience that just made you think 'Yes, that is it what I was searching all along.'?
  • Did it give you a sense of belonging to a community or was it just a label for your own identity and you didn't care if you'd fit into the community?

For those who are longer Pagan and have a lot of experience with the Pagan community:
  • Have you experienced a change in what the label 'Pagan' means inside and outside the Pagan community?
  • How has Paganism changed itsself since you started practicing?
  • Has your own view of Paganism changed over the time?
  • How did those changes affect your life and religious/spiritual practice?

I started about 15 years or so after Randall I guess.

At the time, Wicca, or what I consider wiccanesque was the norm for public ritual.  ADF was just starting up with a radically different liturgy, and one that was aimed at the large (100 to 500) rituals done at pagan festivals.

Changes:  I feel, but have no backing for it, that more people consider themselves pagan, but a smaller percentage actually practice their religion on a regular basis now than then.  I put this down to the internet, it's easy to be involved in pagan discussion groups, but still hard to find a group to do face to face worship with on a regular basis.

Community:  With a much smaller community, it was easier to get meetings with other pagans in various places if they existed.  You wouldn't hear about say the pagan community in Detriot, MI unless you had a friend or friend of a friend to give you an introduction.  This lead to much more trust.  Now, the trust isn't there as much.  Instead of the general pagan community in Detroit, MI I'd have to look for the TC community there. 

Views on Paganism:  Issues with organization and passing things on.  Stuff that wasn't a concern to a 20 something with no spouse or kids became a failure point when kids arrived. 

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