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« Topic Start: March 21, 2009, 02:36:35 pm »

I would like to know the difference between the term Pagan and Neopagan and how is it differentiated? Thank you for any help...
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« Reply #1: March 21, 2009, 05:26:57 pm »

I would like to know the difference between the term Pagan and Neopagan and how is it differentiated? Thank you for any help...

Sadly, there really isn't a standard definition of "Pagan" let alone of "Neo-Pagan" -- not even within the Pagan/Neo-Pagan community.
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« Reply #2: March 21, 2009, 06:36:39 pm »

I would like to know the difference between the term Pagan and Neopagan and how is it differentiated? Thank you for any help...

Either term works when you're talking about modern practitioners of pagan religions.  I've seen a few recon types get snippy if you call reconstructed religions "Neo-Paganism," but recon religions are still modern revivals, and significantly different from their historical ancestors. 
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« Reply #3: March 22, 2009, 08:49:06 am »

Either term works when you're talking about modern practitioners of pagan religions.  I've seen a few recon types get snippy if you call reconstructed religions "Neo-Paganism," but recon religions are still modern revivals, and significantly different from their historical ancestors. 
I think, though, that a case can be made that reconstructionism, while an offshoot of the neoPagan movement, is no longer part of the movement; dropping the neo- for that reason (and saying something like "modern Pagan" when there's a need to distinguish from ancient practices) strikes me as reasonable.  OTOH, a case could also be made that it's no longer meaningful to speak of "the neoPagan movement".

Mostly - to address the OP - "P/pagan" is simply shorter/easier than saying "neoPagan" all the time when referring to modern practitioners of pagan religions.

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« Reply #4: March 22, 2009, 12:34:32 pm »

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Mostly - to address the OP - "P/pagan" is simply shorter/easier than saying "neoPagan" all the time when referring to modern practitioners of pagan religions.

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Thank you for everyone's replies.  It helps to know why I was confused.  I've just been calling myself pagan, but an acquaintance called herself a 'neopagan' the other day and it raised the mental ?! for me.  She is a solitary Wiccan whereas my path is different so I wondered if there was a distinction there.
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« Reply #5: March 29, 2009, 08:35:03 pm »

I would like to know the difference between the term Pagan and Neopagan and how is it differentiated? Thank you for any help...


The primary difference between 'Pagan' and 'Neo-pagan' is accessories and the fact that the original 'Pagans' had no idea that they were, in fact, Pagans.

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« Reply #6: March 29, 2009, 09:49:42 pm »



The primary difference between 'Pagan' and 'Neo-pagan' is accessories and the fact that the original 'Pagans' had no idea that they were, in fact, Pagans.



*Raises eyebrow* That's an interesting conclusion you've made there, care to reveal how you came to it?
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« Reply #7: March 30, 2009, 08:02:58 am »

The primary difference between 'Pagan' and 'Neo-pagan' is accessories....

What do you mean?
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« Reply #8: March 30, 2009, 08:50:33 am »

What do you mean?

I'm not Play-Dough, but I'm assume what is meant is that the original pagans did not refer to themselves as pagan nor would they likely recognize the term whereas neo-pagans know and use the term pagan. This also kinda relates to the fact that original pagans would not view themselves as a group (or even know about other 'pagan' religions to be grouped with) and neo-pagans view themselves as a kinda sorta ish group, but this is extrapolating on the original point. I may be wrong here, but that was my take of what was being said.
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« Reply #9: March 30, 2009, 08:54:25 am »

I'm not Play-Dough, but I'm assume what is meant is that the original pagans did not refer to themselves as pagan nor would they likely recognize the term whereas neo-pagans know and use the term pagan. This also kinda relates to the fact that original pagans would not view themselves as a group (or even know about other 'pagan' religions to be grouped with) and neo-pagans view themselves as a kinda sorta ish group, but this is extrapolating on the original point. I may be wrong here, but that was my take of what was being said.

I may just not be quite awake yet, but...  I'm not seeing the connection between this and "accessories", which is what Randall asked about.
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« Reply #10: March 30, 2009, 09:00:01 am »

I may just not be quite awake yet, but...  I'm not seeing the connection between this and "accessories", which is what Randall asked about.

La dee da, apparently I am significantly less awake than you... ignore me. I should really instate a 'no posting till after 10am rule for me... *wanders back off into her dazed early morning state*
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