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Author Topic: Neo-Paganism - Combining Pantheons  (Read 4313 times)

Dwayne

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Neo-Paganism - Combining Pantheons
« on: July 07, 2011, 12:36:04 pm »
Greetings, All!  Dwayne, here!  

I label my practices as neo-paganism, at the suggestion of an elder I was chatting with a few years ago.  I honour gods, goddesses, and entities, from various pantheons (Norse, Gaelic, Egyptian, Native, etc.).  My chief altar displays icons for The Buddha, Bastet, Ganesh, Mother Owl -- my chief totem, and a Gargoyle.  I can understand the various aspects of each of them, working in my own life ... but, is it too diverse?

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Re: Neo-Paganism - Combining Pantheons
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2011, 01:08:12 pm »
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Dwayne (Welsh for 'Little Dark Man of the Woods')


Helô Dwayne

Sorry to go OT but I'm curious as to where you found  Dwayne as a Welsh name? I've always thought of it as Irish but Welsh is not my first language so I do get it wrong.

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Re: Neo-Paganism - Combining Pantheons
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2011, 01:10:18 pm »
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Greetings, All!  Dwayne, here!  

I label my practices as neo-paganism, at the suggestion of an elder I was chatting with a few years ago.  I honour gods, goddesses, and entities, from various pantheons (Norse, Gaelic, Egyptian, Native, etc.).  My chief altar displays icons for The Buddha, Bastet, Ganesh, Mother Owl -- my chief totem, and a Gargoyle.  I can understand the various aspects of each of them, working in my own life ... but, is it too diverse?

 
There's really no one standard for "too diverse" or "too coherent". Does your practice make sense to you? Are you fulfilled? Are you not trying to claim "this is how the Ancient [insert culture here] peoples did it"? Then I'd say go right ahead.
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« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2011, 01:31:01 pm »
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There's really no one standard for "too diverse" or "too coherent". Does your practice make sense to you? Are you fulfilled? Are you not trying to claim "this is how the Ancient [insert culture here] peoples did it"? Then I'd say go right ahead.

 
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« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2011, 01:34:25 pm »
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Helô Dwayne

Sorry to go OT but I'm curious as to where you found  Dwayne as a Welsh name? I've always thought of it as Irish but Welsh is not my first language so I do get it wrong.

 
Greetings, Vale!  Dwayne, here!

I had elders in my family say my name, spelt Dwayne was a Welsh spelling ... Whereas, Duane, was the Celtic-Irish spelling.  My grandmother was Welsh; and I was named that way, to honour her memory. :D

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Re: Neo-Paganism - Combining Pantheons
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2011, 08:35:20 pm »
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Greetings, All!  Dwayne, here!  

I label my practices as neo-paganism, at the suggestion of an elder I was chatting with a few years ago.  I honour gods, goddesses, and entities, from various pantheons (Norse, Gaelic, Egyptian, Native, etc.).  My chief altar displays icons for The Buddha, Bastet, Ganesh, Mother Owl -- my chief totem, and a Gargoyle.  I can understand the various aspects of each of them, working in my own life ... but, is it too diverse?

Peace, Hope & Brightest Blessings!
Dwayne (Welsh for 'Little Dark Man of the Woods')

 
Naw.
Well.
Maybe.
How do YOU feel about it?
Do you, as someone else here put it, satisfied and fulfilled?
I believe in many Deities, whether or not I can sit here and name them all.
I don't know what I would call myself.
Norse Deities, Egyptian Deities, Roman/Greek Deities...even the Christian Deity. :confused:You know what I mean?

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Re: Neo-Paganism - Combining Pantheons
« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2011, 02:10:44 am »
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=My chief altar displays icons for The Buddha, Bastet, Ganesh, Mother Owl -- my chief totem, and a Gargoyle.  I can understand the various aspects of each of them, working in my own life ... but, is it too diverse?


Hello, How are you using the Gargoyle?  Are you worshipping it or is it to symbolize a god?

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Re: Neo-Paganism - Combining Pantheons
« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2011, 02:18:37 am »
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Greetings, All!  Dwayne, here!  

I label my practices as neo-paganism, at the suggestion of an elder I was chatting with a few years ago.  I honour gods, goddesses, and entities, from various pantheons (Norse, Gaelic, Egyptian, Native, etc.).  My chief altar displays icons for The Buddha, Bastet, Ganesh, Mother Owl -- my chief totem, and a Gargoyle.  I can understand the various aspects of each of them, working in my own life ... but, is it too diverse?

Peace, Hope & Brightest Blessings!
Dwayne (Welsh for 'Little Dark Man of the Woods')


As a teacher of mine once said:  "it's OK to invite a wildly diverse group of people to a party, but you want to make sure they're all gonna get along."  Which is a colorful way of saying, worship who you're called to worship, but do your homework.  I figure, if it works for you and your gods, that's the important thing.
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Re: Neo-Paganism - Combining Pantheons
« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2011, 03:17:16 pm »
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As a teacher of mine once said:  "it's OK to invite a wildly diverse group of people to a party, but you want to make sure they're all gonna get along."  Which is a colorful way of saying, worship who you're called to worship, but do your homework.  I figure, if it works for you and your gods, that's the important thing.

 
Well. Here are  the two big questions of the day. Which you've heard probably a million times.

"How do you find that out? How do you know?"

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« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2011, 03:50:07 pm »
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Well. Here are  the two big questions of the day. Which you've heard probably a million times.

"How do you find that out? How do you know?"

 
Ask Them.
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Re: Neo-Paganism - Combining Pantheons
« Reply #10 on: July 22, 2011, 04:52:14 pm »
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Well. Here are  the two big questions of the day. Which you've heard probably a million times.

"How do you find that out? How do you know?"


In addition to Aster's great comments, a couple of others...

How would you figure out whether wildly different people might fit in a party? You'd get to know them individually. Then you might look at ways people might interconnect - interests in common, or interests that complement each other.

But you don't invite people who will rub each other's pet peeves the wrong way. Or where there's history that you're not sure of that might get uncomfortable. So before you actually put people in the same room, you do some research, some asking *them* what they're comfortable with, and so on all work pretty well.

I have also found that short-term cross-pantheon work can sometimes be anchored by a common idea or a common person (the same way lots of different people will show up for someone's wedding, and actually find stuff to talk about, even if they know the happy couple in wildly different ways.) So, sometimes, an easier way into it is something like healing work, or a rite of passage for someone who has individual relationship with different deities (but who normally honors/works with them separately.)
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