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Author Topic: A little study on Paganism  (Read 1459 times)

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A little study on Paganism
« on: January 20, 2012, 08:18:16 pm »
Hey, im here to ask some questions about Paganism because im going to do a presentation about it for my Sociology class (we're doing religion and society). To be honest  as im writing this I actually dont have any questions, I know that Paganism is a term that covers various different religions and I think most of them are decentralised and apply on an individual basis more often than a communal one, or that may just be Wicca.

Basically I want to learn kind of like the basic outline or beliefs that the different religions that fall under Paganism hold, the things that they have in common and the things that apply uniquely only to that branch. Or any other sort of information you can give me, the presentation is only meant to be a small part of it, I need to learn a lot about Paganism to answer questions and disscussions.

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Re: A little study on Paganism
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2012, 09:15:07 pm »
Also, jsut so you know, while this is part of my school work I am genuinly interested in Neo-paganism beliefs. It's something different than any of the other, larger religions.

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Re: A little study on Paganism
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2012, 10:08:38 pm »
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I would suggest you read this website's Pagan Primer and Guide for Teens and see what that gives you in terms of information and the ability to ask more specific questions.

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Re: A little study on Paganism
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2012, 10:11:14 pm »
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Basically I want to learn kind of like the basic outline or beliefs that the different religions that fall under Paganism hold,.

 
Here is one place to start: http://www.ecauldron.net/teensandpaganismfaq.php

(Not just for teens!)

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Re: A little study on Paganism
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2012, 08:47:57 am »
Thanks for the help, now some more detailed questions:

1) How large do you guys think is the influence and general numbers in terms of believers are concernign the Church of All Worlds?

2) What are the attractions of reconstruction religions like Asatru, Religio Romana, Hellenismos etc..

3) Do you guys know a website where I can get some statistics like numbers of people who identify themselves as Neo-pagan/Pagan?

4) Being the most recognisable Neo-pagan religions, how popular is Wicca?

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Re: A little study on Paganism
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2012, 09:14:52 am »
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1) How large do you guys think is the influence and general numbers in terms of believers are concernign the Church of All Worlds?

Relatively low today. However, because The Green Egg was one of the main means of communication for Pagans in the 1960s/1970s it had a larger influence then.

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2) What are the attractions of reconstruction religions like Asatru, Religio Romana, Hellenismos etc..

I have no idea how to answer such a question without trying to write a book on each religion you mentioned. After all, many books have been written on the attractions of Christianity.

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3) Do you guys know a website where I can get some statistics like numbers of people who identify themselves as Neo-pagan/Pagan?


There are no accurate statistics on this. There are far too many separate religious groups under the Neo-Pagan/Pagan umbrella, few of these groups keep such records, and many people are "Pagan" without being a member of a particular group.

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4) Being the most recognisable Neo-pagan religions, how popular is Wicca?

The various forms of Wicca are likely the largest single segment of Neo-Pagans.
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Re: A little study on Paganism
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2012, 02:14:58 pm »
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Thanks for the help, now some more detailed questions:

1) How large do you guys think is the influence and general numbers in terms of believers are concernign the Church of All Worlds?

2) What are the attractions of reconstruction religions like Asatru, Religio Romana, Hellenismos etc..

3) Do you guys know a website where I can get some statistics like numbers of people who identify themselves as Neo-pagan/Pagan?

4) Being the most recognisable Neo-pagan religions, how popular is Wicca?

 
You might want to change your questions somewhat - these are going to get a very limited number of responses.  #1 - this is a very outdated question.  #2 - only recons will have an answer to this, and then only to one of the religions mentioned.  #3 - these things aren't tracked - too many people in the closet to some extent.  #4 - again, not tracked.  Wicca is very obvious and in the media, but many of us aren't wiccan and have no clue how popular it is.
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