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Author Topic: Trad, path, religion or other - what's the difference?  (Read 10276 times)
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« Reply #30: November 28, 2007, 10:55:49 am »

Shadow's post started a stray train of thought...

There's been a lot of conversation about starting your own religion (surprise with Shadow around :p )
But then I was wondering, what's the difference between a religion, a trad, a path.... is there any basic difference or are they variations on a theme?

Tradition usually refers to Wicca, I know, but then what do you refer to non-wicca religious witchcraft as? Not to mention non-religious, non-wicca witchcraft.

Is it a path if there's more than one person on it, or a religion if there is only one?

Although I'm not sure why I even had that stray thought, but there you go! And I swore I'd stay away from attempted definition conversations Roll Eyes

Pretty much the way I see it is that everyone is on a path of some sort...whether it's an established one or if it's something that is unique only to them. A religion is an established path followed and recognized by more than one person (and I'd go farther and say preferably a large group...but that's still up in the air in my mind). A tradition is an established and recognized subset of a religion.
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