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Author Topic: Reliable links to research Paganism? Also describe your Pagan religion in your view?  (Read 1762 times)

Raindrops

Hi :) I'm new to the forum and Paganism in general... And there is so much I want to learn about it!
I grew up in a mildly Christian family and went to Christian and Catholic schools with nuns and hymns and prayers and all sorts, but it always felt like it was forced upon me. As I got older, I knew that the Christian Bible stories just didn't ring true to me... They didn't make any sense. It has only been now (at 20 years old) that I've decided that Christianity is not for me, so I have started to find a different, more suitable path.

Funnily enough, I do actually believe in God... Or a Deity. I would pray when I desperately needed help in my life and most of the time - coincidence or not I don't know - Those prayers got answered. So, whoever this God is, I want to bring them with me as I find my new way... If that doesn't sound ridiculous. I felt safe and secure with this God, and now I just want a religion I can feel safe and secure and happy in too.

When I found Paganism online, something just sparked within me and it felt right. I know I am supposed to be here. The only problem is, I don't really know what religion within Paganism I fully match with yet. I read about Wicca and Druidry initially and they are the ones I keep coming back to.

Anyway sorry for babbling! If you know any good, reliable sources of info regarding Paganism and the religions connected to it (As well as the different Gods and Goddesses) I would so greatly appreciate it.
Also, how would you describe your chosen Pagan path from your point of view?

Thank you for reading if you got this far  :p

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I'd say try the Pagan Primer on the main page of TC for starters.
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Welcome to the Cauldron.
I'd say try the Pagan Primer on the main page of TC for starters.
http://www.ecauldron.net/newpagan.php

And if one wants info on Pagan recon religions, there's our site's recon section: Reconstructionism
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Anyway sorry for babbling! If you know any good, reliable sources of info regarding Paganism and the religions connected to it (As well as the different Gods and Goddesses) I would so greatly appreciate it.
Also, how would you describe your chosen Pagan path from your point of view?

 
Sacred Texts has some quality information compiled, including online versions of lots of old legends and myths, information on Wicca and neo-paganism, and things like the text from Gardner's book of shadows.

Occult Underground also has a bunch of e-books available on a wide assortment of topics, from Ancient Egyptian legends, to Renaissance Alchemy to Victorian Ceremonial Magic, to modern Wicca.  The focus is overall more magic oriented than religion oriented, but it has some good material.

Personally, my path is primarily Celtic, and I follow the goddess Brighid, but I also have Wiccan and Feri influences.
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Sacred Texts has some quality information compiled, including online versions of lots of old legends and myths, information on Wicca and neo-paganism, and things like the text from Gardner's book of shadows.


I really don't like sending total newbies to ST -- it's a fantastic resource, but it's most useful to people who already know a bit.  For the folklore works, anyone reading it really, really needs to be aware of the extremely outmoded approaches to this material found in the 18th-mid-20th century works.  Because a lot of the problematic (and often racist, classist, and ethnocentric) attitudes in those works underlie a lot of popular notions of "what folklore is" even today, and often get repeated in Neopagan books, it can be very confusing to newcomers.

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Thank you everyone so far for your input! I will bookmark and take a look at the links you have suggested :)
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I really don't like sending total newbies to ST -- it's a fantastic resource, but it's most useful to people who already know a bit.  For the folklore works, anyone reading it really, really needs to be aware of the extremely outmoded approaches to this material found in the 18th-mid-20th century works.  Because a lot of the problematic (and often racist, classist, and ethnocentric) attitudes in those works underlie a lot of popular notions of "what folklore is" even today, and often get repeated in Neopagan books, it can be very confusing to newcomers.

 
Well, I have been using Sacred Texts as a resource from pretty much the beginning of my studies in paganism.  I can see what you mean now that you mention it, though.
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Sacred Texts has some quality information compiled, including online versions of lots of old legends and myths, information on Wicca and neo-paganism, and things like the text from Gardner's book of shadows.

It's the text of what, for years, has been making the rounds purporting to be the Gardnerian BoS (not Gardner's per se).  How accurate/complete it is, is indeterminate.

As such, it's certainly part of the exoteric material that went into the development of Eclectic Wicca, but it shouldn't be taken as reliable about BTW.

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It's the text of what, for years, has been making the rounds purporting to be the Gardnerian BoS (not Gardner's per se).  How accurate/complete it is, is indeterminate.

As such, it's certainly part of the exoteric material that went into the development of Eclectic Wicca, but it shouldn't be taken as reliable about BTW.

Sunflower

 
And, of course, the BTWs don't talk about it :)

To Raindrops, my journey was similar. I was raised in an Atheist home, but I knew ever very young that I had religion' just didn't know the name of my gods. Spent a number of years searching before I found a faith that matches my personal belief system.

I think there are many folks that follow this path. They know they have religion, just not it's name or place. Some eventually find their place, some make up their own to match their own UPG, and others just decide that there is no name for their faith/gods and that's just okay too.

To answer you second part, I am a Gardnerian Wiccan. We are the reclusive, secretive, hard core segmant of BTW. :whis:

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And, of course, the BTWs don't talk about it :)

 
 IME, that'd depend on whether one counts a snort of derision as "talking".

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