The Pagans Next DoorBy Wendy (Woodwife) on June 16, 2010
|Some people may not even know that we exist. Others are aware of our existence but may have misconceptions about us. In this article we would like to tell you a little bit about ourselves.|
There’s a new cubit in the neighborhood called The Cottage in the Thicket and the people there call themselves pagans or friends of pagans. It’s a place where those who have spiritual beliefs that are outside the mainstream can come to chat, laugh, complain and just generally have a good time.
What is a pagan?
Originally Pagani was what the Romans called country dwellers. The country folk clung to the old ways and old rituals for some time after the city folk had converted to Christianity. So it eventually came to mean non-Christian.
The majority of pagan paths are polytheistic, non-dogmatic, non-proselytizing, and so as not to ignore the elephant in the room, they do not worship Satan as is often believed by outsiders.
It’s hard to say how many pagans there are in the western world, estimates number them in the millions. There are openly pagan people who can be found in all walks of life but many pagans are closeted out of fear. It’s still possible in this day and age to lose your friends, your job and even your children if you publicly claim to be a pagan.
We’re clerks and teachers, parents and grandparents. We’re rich and we’re poor, educated and not. We’re soldiers and civilians. We go to work, we struggle, we own homes, we love our children. Some of us dress funny and some of us don’t. You may not know it but we’re your friends and neighbors and we’re a lot like you.
|Wendy is a digital artist, wife and gardener who lives in the great state of Texas.|
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|Very interesting||Lance||Jun 23, 2010 7:21 AM||36|
|Thank you!||Woodwife||Jun 17, 2010 1:39 PM||0|
|Beautifully written!||sheryl||Jun 17, 2010 6:45 AM||0|