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Author Topic: How do you describe your religious identity in public?  (Read 847 times)

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Re: How do you describe your religious identity in public?
« Reply #30 on: February 04, 2018, 05:02:15 pm »
A lot of us following pagan and otherwise non-mainstream paths find that we have to tread carefully around the topic outside of pagan spaces, or even outside of our own personal mystic spaces. How do you navigate that? What descriptors have you taken to using for your faith in various non-pagan circles?

As a bonus question: how are you able to interact with those of other faiths outside of pagan spaces using that presentation?
Honestly saying "shaman" has such ugh connotations now thanks to plastic shamans and core-shamanism in the west. So since Mugyo is fairly intertwined with Taoism and Buddhism, I opt for the brief explanation "something like a Korean tradition-specific monk".
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Re: How do you describe your religious identity in public?
« Reply #31 on: February 12, 2018, 01:00:57 am »
What descriptors have you taken to using for your faith in various non-pagan circles?
Religions rarely ever comes up in conversation, but when it does I either describe myself as "Pagan", if they have some knowledge of the broader Modern Pagan movement; or "polytheist" if not.
The specifics almost never come up except in an online setting. At which point I might use "Roman reconstructionist" or "syncretic Roman pagan". But that's usually followed by a better explanation of what I believe and what I do anyway.

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Re: How do you describe your religious identity in public?
« Reply #32 on: February 12, 2018, 11:23:50 pm »
A lot of us following pagan and otherwise non-mainstream paths find that we have to tread carefully around the topic outside of pagan spaces, or even outside of our own personal mystic spaces. How do you navigate that? What descriptors have you taken to using for your faith in various non-pagan circles?

As a bonus question: how are you able to interact with those of other faiths outside of pagan spaces using that presentation?

Most of the time, it doesn't come up. 

When it comes up while I'm talking with people who may become friends, it entirely depends on how I've read them. I don't like to hide the fact that I'm Pagan, and so most of the time I just say it like that.  Usually by this point, I get the nod of "Oh, duh, that makes sense," because when they think about what they already know about me, it just fits.  I'm very lucky to move in open-minded circles often.

At work, it's also depended on the person.  A few coworkers are incredibly open to the thought because of their personal experiences, so it's easy to be open about it if I think they'll keep it discreet (and they have).  Some coworkers, I've danced around it by saying it's spirituality or alternative religion.  I put my involvement with my college pagan group right on my resume and discussed it openly in my interview, so... I'd sum up by saying, I'm not obvious about it, but if someone asks, I don't mind the discussion.

Family has been shades of tough.  Dad's side, I have always been the slightly off-kilter cousin, so those that have asked, I've been straight with.  Some have understood, some have pretended to.  I don't make an issue of it, which is probably why they mostly shrug.  Mom's side... is very Christian and there's contentious threads of history involving witchcraft and a few family members.  I've done a lot of nodding and smiling here, because it's just easier to not drag demons out of the closet.

General public, I count myself fortunate to have not had a negative experience.  I know people who have received harassment for wearing a pentacle, gone so far as to have someone try to rip the pentacle off someone's neck.

The short answer: there is no stock answer, and it depends on the read of the situation in its entirety for levels of disclosure, if the subject is broached at all.
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