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Thread #20699 Message #216634
Posted By: Llanfair
23-Apr-00 - 03:58 PM
Thread Name: The Pagan Alternative. What's the music?
Subject: RE: The Pagan Alternative. What's the music?
I must admit to finding this thread rather confusing. The existence of witches, and "pagan" religions are the basis of the christian calender.
Pre-christian worship of the land, the food giver, the earth mother, and respect for the seasons, celebrating the coming of spring, equinoxes, and the turn of the year as an integral part of the rural life.
Christmas, Easter, and the quarter -days were all introduced ostensibly as "Christian" dates, but only because the social control epitomised by the heavily edited bible made accessible to the populace would have been lost if the festivals were changed too much.
The witches, Wise Women who knew about healing herbs and were respected by their communities for their ability to help people, became a threat to the church, and thus triggered their persecution, and all kinds of myths about their evil doings. True witches, nowadays, have rejected the flying broomstick in favour of the study of healing, physically and mentally.
Many people with alternative lifestyles live in this area, and an open mind, hopefully, no longer threatens the orthodox religions.
Hmm, something touched my GO button there!!! I think I must be in training as a Wise Woman, but a bit of a way to go yet!!! Hwyl, Bron.