I’ve been recently getting back into Kemeticism. Now I’m aware that in general, Kemeticism is considered “Capital-P Pagan” (religions that self-identify as Pagan as opposed to “lowercase-p Pagan”, which just means any religion that’s not Christian/Jewish/Islamic”). For example, religions like Druidry, Wicca, Hellenismos, Religio Romana, Celtic Paganism and Heathenry (in most cases, although I have seen Heathens online who don’t consider themselves Pagan). I used to think that Kemeticism was Pagan as well. However, I have recently seen materials written by Kemetics that state that Kemeticism is not Pagan. These are the arguements:
Kemeticism is NOT Pagan
1. Pagan has historically been a European term. The ancient Egyptian religion, being African, would not have been historically considered Pagan.
2. Even the modern Pagan moment has historically been European. The God and the Goddess of Wicca were originally considered to be Cernunnos (Celtic) and Diana (Roman). Asatru was the second Pagan religion. The term “Pagan” became more European-based.
3. Many definitions of “Pagan” I’ve come across require that for a religion to be Pagan, it has to be polytheistic. Kemeticism is not necessarily polytheistic, at least not in the traditional sense, as some interpretations of it are monolatrous, where there is one god with many different aspects.
Kemeticism is Pagan
1. Most Pagans and even many Kemetic practicioners do view Kemeticism as being part of the umbrella of Paganism.
2. Even though Paganism started out European, words can change and grow to encompass more things.
3. There are polytheistic interpretations of Kemeticism. Also, many definitions of “Pagan” don’t require the religion in question to be polytheistic.
I’m not really sure where I stand on this issue. What do you think? Is Kemeticism Pagan or not?
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