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Pa·gan

  1. one of a people or community observing a polytheistic religion, as the ancient Romans and Greeks. Synonyms: polytheist.

  2. a person who is not a Christian, Jew, or Muslim. Synonyms: heathen, gentile; idolator; nonbeliever.

  3. an irreligious or hedonistic person.

  4. a person deemed savage or uncivilized and morally deficient.

  5. pertaining to the worship or worshipers of any religion that is neither Christian, Jewish, nor Muslim. Synonyms: heathen, heathenish, idolatrous, polytheistic. Antonyms: Christian, Jewish, Muslim, monotheistic.

  6. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of pagans.

  7. irreligious or hedonistic. Synonyms: unbelieving, godless, atheistic, agnostic; impious, profane, sacrilegious, unholy, ungodly. Antonyms: religious, pious, devout.

  8. of a person deemed backward, savage, or uncivilized or morally or spiritually stunted. Synonyms: primitive, uncultivated, uncultured, heathenish, barbaric, barbarous, philistine. Antonyms: civilized, cultivated, cultured, urbane.

Religious Practices

Most Pagans would regard concepts such as salvation or justification as meaningless to their spiritual path. With no transcendent deity who acts as judge and no concept of sin, logically no need for salvation or atonement exists. Incentives to live a good life do not involve pleasing a god or goddess who is exterior to one's self; rather, virtue and honor are their own rewards and one engages in such behavior out of a sense of love and personal pride.

Some Pagans accept a simple concept of karma as a way of affirming that a person's behavior, whether good or ill, will ultimately shape his or her future destiny, whether in this life or a future life. However, karma is not seen as a system of reward and punishment (since there is no one at the helm to do the rewarding and the punishing), but rather simply as a law of the way things function in nature - equivalent to the laws of gravity or inertia Patheos

Famous religious quotes

"Believe in the fairies that make dreams come true, believe in the wonder of the stars and the moon. Believe in the magic from the fairies above, they dance on the flowers and sing the songs of love. And if you just believe and always stay true, the fairies will be there to watch over you!"

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Trees have from time immemorial been closely associated with magic. These stout members of the vegetable kingdom may stand for as long as a thousand years, and tower far above our mortal heads. As such they are symbols and keepers of unlimited power, longevity, and timelessness. An untouched forest, studded with trees of all ages, sizes and types, is more than a mysterious, magical place - it is one of the energy reservoirs of nature. Within its boundaries stand ancient and new sentinels, guardians of the universal force which has manifested on the the Earth.

Scott Cunningham

Purpose of life

Pagans celebrate the sanctity of Nature, honouring the divinity present in everything thing. From a pagan point of view, the Earth is the mother of us all.

All life is One. Pagans believe that within the Universe there is a holy continuum of consciousness, which exists in everything from inanimate objects to the pantheons of gods.

To a Pagan, every person is a wondrous, sacred, creation and should be treated as such. Every plant, rock, tree and everything seen and unseen, is unique and beautiful. The purpose of life could be described as; living in harmony with nature; expand out spiritual and personal potential; help others in anyway you can to achieve these goals for everyone.

History

Paganism has a wide variety of traditions. They emphasize respect for nature and polytheistic religious practices. Some newer forms of Paganism began in 19th century, but most of the newer Pagan groups were started in the 1960s. With that being said, Paganism is a word coined by people in or from the Abrahamic faith. Because they coined the name, they make it apear as if no other beliefs existed before them.

Pagan, being used as a general term, that could inclued every religion other than Judaism, Christianity or Islam. When using the term this way, Paganism could has started before 5200 BCE. So we are looking at at least 7000 years.

Polytheism, the belief in many gods. Polytheism characterizes virtually all religions. Polytheism is part of Norse and Greek mythology as well as Hinduism and many other religions. Because people have changed the meaning of the word God to mean "one being over all beings", some people think that you cannot have more than one God. The idea that there are multiple Gods working with and against each other, or that they are all creators in their own way answers a lot of question that people have had for a very long time.

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