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Thursday, 11 October 2012

Paganism Is Indigenous And Very Very Old But It Is Not Limited To Europe And It Is Not Ethnic

The line of modern Paganism fancy predate the modern inkling of "Europe". It is true that the 2nd century (AD) Pagan polymath Ptolemy labeled part of his maps of the world "EVROPA" (well, everything would like that, but in Greek), and that this further or less corresponds to anywhere we consider of Europe individuality today. But it is as well true that this infamous "Greek" scientist was meeting at his desk in the potent Annals of Alexandria seeing that he drew these maps. Alexandria, of course, was on the part of Ptolemy's map labeled "AFFRICA" (see map).Relatives who wish to redefine Paganism as inherently European chronicle their density of both history and scenery, and, to a great extent further immensely, of what it means to be Pagan. Kindly the fantastically thing is true of community who nasty to redefine Paganism as a "New Church Movement".At hand are two gear to be pretty about: individuality a Pagan certified as hell doesn't mean individuality European, and individuality a Pagan has positively nonentity to do with individuality a limb of any atypical "ethnic" group.Activist Paganisms' line are as great big as they are burly. No one can prohibit the strong influences of the pre-Christian committed traditions of Celts, Germans, Balts, Slavs and others on modern Paganism. But at the fantastically time no one can with any argument prohibit the Egyptian, Phrygian, Semitic, Chaldean and other "non-European" influences that are an ingrained part of modern Paganism. Merely as the win over of Greco-Roman Paganism, which straddled Asia, Africa and Europe, cannot be questioned.We know for a fact that ancient Pagans did not reveal pretty dainty unfriendliness adeptly sorting out the "pantheons" of one "race" from their neighbors, or even from community on other "continents". Greeks and Romans worshipped the Phrygian Finish Divinity Cybele. Hellenized Romans circulate the honey of Egyptian Isis to far flung Britain and Germania. Traveler priests of Dionysos circulate the good information of the dying God who yet lives (and who is the son of God, and who promises eternal life) to Africa, Asia and through Europe.At the very nominal ancient Pagans were unhurried and respectful of the Goddesses and Gods of "others". But habitually they went far more than this and with enthusiasm embraced new exotic cults and practices. Of course put on were as well always community whose mental and spiritual area was to a great extent further narrowly neighborhood, but even these did not dispute the dynamism of "foreign" Gods, if for no other vindication than for the very good vindication of consternation of blasphemy.Concerning is some suggested light reading:The Predispose and Decrease of Alexandria, Home-based of the Activist Planet by Justin Pollard and Howard ReidReligions of the Hellenistic Roman Age by Antonia TripolitisFoggy Religions, condensed by Sarah Iles JohnstonBabylon, Memphis, Persepolis: Eastern Contexts of Greek Fine-tuning by Walter BurkertReligious studies in the Roman People by James B. RivesAnd for extra credit:Athenian Religion: A Derivation by Robert ParkerIn Search for of God the Mother: The Trend of Anatolian Cybele by Lynn BillowBlack Athena: The Afro-Asiatic Extraction of Exemplar Background by Martin BernalThe East Undergo of Helicon: West Asiatic Elements in Greek Blank verse and Allegory by Martin Lichtfield WestThe Orientalizing Revolution: As a result of Eastern Unite on Greek Fine-tuning in the Beforehand Obsolete Age by Walter BurkertPolytheism and Involvement at Athens by Robert ParkerHekate Soteira by Sarah Iles Johnston