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Thread #20699   Message #216583
Posted By: Amos
23-Apr-00 - 01:52 PM
Thread Name: The Pagan Alternative. What's the music?
Subject: RE: The Pagan Alternative. What's the music?
I never thought the word pagan meant a particular practice, but was a term applied by Christians to those who were "godless" on their terms, much like "unbelievers" and "infidels" are labels used to dismiss non-Muslims by Muslims. But a broader definition exists in the American Heritage, covering any religion that is not Christian, Jewish, or Moslem. It is also used to just mean a hedonist, or someone of no religion.

In any case the Wiccans, who trace their practices back to pre-Christian Celtic culture (I believe) are qualified for the label, but lots of others might be as well, including Buddhists, polytheistic Bornean natives, and worshippers of Thor, Odin, Hera, Apollo, Bacchus and Zeus.