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Author Topic: American Neopaganism?  (Read 3648 times)

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American Neopaganism?
« on: November 01, 2011, 02:04:44 am »
I was just browsing yesterday and I came across this website dedicated to American Neopaganism. I had never heard of this before. Does anybody practice this form of Paganism or know what it's all about?

http://www.americanneopaganism.com/

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Re: American Neopaganism?
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2011, 05:56:30 am »
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I was just browsing yesterday and I came across this website dedicated to American Neopaganism. I had never heard of this before. Does anybody practice this form of Paganism or know what it's all about?

http://http://www.americanneopaganism.com/

 
Is this is the correct link?   http://www.americanneopaganism.com
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Re: American Neopaganism?
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2011, 07:55:23 am »
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Is this is the correct link?   http://www.americanneopaganism.com


Yes, that is the correct link. I apologize. I just realized the link was wrong after I posted it.

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Re: American Neopaganism?
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2011, 08:08:30 am »
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I was just browsing yesterday and I came across this website dedicated to American Neopaganism. I had never heard of this before. Does anybody practice this form of Paganism or know what it's all about?

It looks like a groups version of "generic modern Paganism."
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Re: American Neopaganism?
« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2011, 09:21:57 am »
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It looks like a groups version of "generic modern Paganism."

Pretty much. It doesn't appear to be a new path with any new practices, but an umbrella term to encompass neo-pagan paths that have arisen in America, like some of the Druidry paths and The Church of All Worlds.
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Re: American Neopaganism?
« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2011, 10:23:43 am »
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I was just browsing yesterday and I came across this website dedicated to American Neopaganism. I had never heard of this before. Does anybody practice this form of Paganism or know what it's all about?

http://www.americanneopaganism.com/

[Link fixed by RandallS]

Yeah this totally looks like a general version of paganism. With basic pagan principles, that allow you to basically insert what feels right to you.
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« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2011, 03:51:10 am »
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Yeah this totally looks like a general version of paganism. With basic pagan principles, that allow you to basically insert what feels right to you.

 
Seems like there are so many new religions popping up it's hard to keep track of them.
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Re: American Neopaganism?
« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2011, 05:27:21 pm »
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Pretty much. It doesn't appear to be a new path with any new practices, but an umbrella term to encompass neo-pagan paths that have arisen in America, like some of the Druidry paths and The Church of All Worlds.

 
Yeah. Which was rather disappointing. By the URL name, I expected a type of paganism that was focused upon divinities and practices that are ingrained in (most) American culture. Like Columbia, and other deities that are national symbols. Oh well.
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Re: American Neopaganism?
« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2011, 05:41:07 pm »
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I was just browsing yesterday and I came across this website dedicated to American Neopaganism.

 
I'm curious who's behind the site--what person or group created it and maintains it. I poked around a bit, but I didn't immediately find anything.
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Re: American Neopaganism?
« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2011, 05:55:11 pm »
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I expected a type of paganism that was focused upon divinities and practices that are ingrained in (most) American culture. Like Columbia, and other deities that are national symbols. Oh well.

 
As someone who writes myths, I'm intrigued; what would the goddess Columbia embody for you? What concepts/ideas/things would she govern, and what special attributes would she have? What would be her myths...and what other gods would exist alongside her in her pantheon?
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Re: American Neopaganism?
« Reply #10 on: November 03, 2011, 10:09:07 pm »
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As someone who writes myths, I'm intrigued; what would the goddess Columbia embody for you? What concepts/ideas/things would she govern, and what special attributes would she have? What would be her myths...and what other gods would exist alongside her in her pantheon?

I remember something along these lines in Llewellyn's old Gnostica News and Views magazine in the late 1970s or early 1980s. I think it was aimed more at ceremonial magic, however. But it's been a long time and my issues of Gnostica went missing many years ago.
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Re: American Neopaganism?
« Reply #11 on: April 27, 2012, 10:38:40 pm »
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I'm curious who's behind the site--what person or group created it and maintains it. I poked around a bit, but I didn't immediately find anything.

 
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Re: American Neopaganism?
« Reply #12 on: May 01, 2012, 11:08:56 am »
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As someone who writes myths, I'm intrigued; what would the goddess Columbia embody for you? What concepts/ideas/things would she govern, and what special attributes would she have? What would be her myths...and what other gods would exist alongside her in her pantheon?

 
Columbia actually has a fairly solid foundation of support, especially in the D.C. area.  She's usually depicted in a similar fashion to the statue of Freedom on top of the US Capitol building.  I've worked with Her a few times, mostly through the Hail Columbia project; you can find some information that we put up about Her here: http://hailcolumbia.us/about-us/about-columbia/.  

For me, though, Columbia is a bit of a paradox in that the very things that she She holds dear are the things that we in America struggle with.  She represents freedom and equality for all as enshrined in America's founding documents, but it's an ideal freedom that we have not yet been able to actually produce and, in our own flawed way, may not be able to.  She's been used to represent the unflinching Manifest Destiny of the American people and the ideals of exceptionalist patriotism for the USA which actually, I feel, go against her very nature as a Goddess focused on democracy, compromise, working together, and service to others.  

In my experience with Her, she's a bit disappointed in us.  Sort of like an older sister who sees us making poor choices but doesn't quite know how help us correct the problem.

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