Wasn’t entirely sure where to post this – here or in Pagan Religions – so I settled on here. I’m doing a talk at my local Pagan Pride in August, on the subject of diversity of paths under the Pagan ‘umbrella’, from a sociological perspective. I haven’t chosen a title yet, but it will be something akin to ‘Beyond Earth Worship: Diverse Paths Under One Pagan Umbrella’. In the UK (as came up on this forum recently), there’s an assumption that Paganism means neo-Wiccan and nature-centered. This is mainly because there isn’t much representation of other paths in the community. They do exist, but not on a very large scale. For example, there used to be a UK polytheist organization that could not sustain membership; there are heathen groups, but (from my understanding) not in that many areas; finding reconstructionists in the UK is a challenge.
Being an ethnographer, I’m incapable of writing a talk on a social issue without including comments from the people on the ground. So I wondered if anyone would be willing to comment on what it’s like being from one of the less ‘mainstream’ Pagan paths. What’s it like taking part in the Pagan community as a polytheist, a deity-centred Pagan rather than an earth-centred Pagan*, or a reconstructionist (and do tell me about what kind)? And what’s it like being a Pagan following any other smaller Pagan path? Do you feel under-represented? What does that mean in practice? What kinds of experiences have you had? I’d love to hear stories that you’d be willing to have shared in the talk, but I would change names and not mention locations or identifying information.**
You would have my utmost gratitude if you’d be willing to share any stories, and I hope that they will help educate an audience that is much in need of education!
*I know that the two are not mutually exclusive, but in this country, being a deity-centred Pagan is fairly rare, and not being an earth-centered Pagan is even rarer. So.
**I’m bound by the confidentiality and anonymity guidelines of the British Sociological Association, even in informal talks.
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