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A Brief History of Paganism

Post  El Guapo on Fri Jul 30, 2010 6:00 am

Paganism – What is It?
Paganism has been broadly defined as anyone involved in any religious act, practice, or ceremony which is not Christian. Jews and Muslims also use the term to refer to anyone outside their religion. Others define it as religions outside of Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism, while some simply define it as being without a religion.

In the strictest sense, paganism refers to the authentic religions of ancient Greece and Rome as well as surrounding areas. It originated from the Neolithic (Stone Age) era. The term, pagan, is derived from the Latin word, paganus, which means a country dweller. The pagan usually has a belief in many gods (polytheistic), but only one is chosen as the one to worship which represents the chief god and supreme godhead.

As Christianity progressed into the present age, a pagan became referred to anyone not being a Christian, and paganism denoted a non-Christian belief or religion. If the religion did not fit into the Judeo-Christian-Islamic or Eastern mould, then one practicing that religion was said to be involved in paganism.

Paganism – What is the history?
History records that worship of many gods, goddesses, and deities was viewed by people as important in worship. It was thought that everything had a spirit and was polytheistic, so people had gods and goddesses of the forest, sea, and all aspects of nature.

When the civilizations began to change and develop, the gods grew and changed with the people as they began to acquire gods of their occupations, or gods relevant to their village life. The old gods remained, but were changed or conformed to the changing lives of the people. Gods played an important role in every aspect of society influencing everything from laws and customs to general workings of the community. Reincarnation (rebirth of the body into another bodily form) was believed by the people, but they did not believe in the existence of heaven and hell.

Today, Paganism (neo-paganism) celebrates the Earth, living creatures, nature, and so on. Most modern-day pagans believe in more than one god, while others are atheistic.

Paganism – What are some pagan systems and religions?

* American pagans practice a variety of forms of traditions, but the most popular are Celtic, Greco-Roman, Native American, ancient Egyptian, and Norse.
* Kabbalah: During the Middle Ages, this Jewish mystical and magical system developed.
* Shamanism: This tradition is practiced by the Native American cultures. Drumming is the technique used, and in traditional societies, the shaman travels to the spirit realm to gain information regarding the community’s needs like healing or spiritual growth.
* Egyptian: This is very popular today, and involves complex spiritual and magical systems centering on death and rebirth. It developed in ancient Egypt when priestesses and priests became known for their level of knowledge and skill in magical arts.
* Druidism: The original Druids were priestesses and part of the judicial class of the ancient Celts.
* Discordianism: This began as a Buddhist practice with the main idea being “existence is orderly chaos.” Meditative procedures, confusion and enlightenment, chaos and order, pain and pleasure are revealed as inseparable parts of a total vision of reality.

Paganism – How does it compare with Christianity?
It is difficult to compare paganism with Christianity since the term pagan can be used to identify many different sects and beliefs.

These are the major differences, out of many:

* Biblical Christianity professes one God, where paganism often teaches many or no god.

* Biblical Christianity teaches that the Bible contains God’s words and message to mankind. It is infallible and inerrant. Paganism does not have one main religious text or set of beliefs to follow.

* Biblical Christianity teaches that Jesus, God’s Son, came to earth as a baby, died on the cross as an adult for the sin of the whole world, and rose to life again. Some pagans believe in Jesus as one of the gods, but do not put significance in Him as Christians do.

Due to these differences and many more, a person cannot be a follower of Jesus Christ (a Christian) and a pagan at the same time.

“Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another” (Romans 1:22-24).

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Re: A Brief History of Paganism

Post  northern-star on Tue Oct 05, 2010 11:22 am

I will elaborate on this subject for you El after I have made a few more posts. Will not pay to make conflict right away. You will find though that most symbols used in Christianity are actual Pagan symbols
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Re: A Brief History of Paganism

Post  El Guapo on Wed Oct 06, 2010 4:03 am

northern-star wrote:I will elaborate on this subject for you El after I have made a few more posts. Will not pay to make conflict right away. You will find though that most symbols used in Christianity are actual Pagan symbols

lol

You may find I know a little more than you think and that there are more Pagans on here than you first imagine... Wink

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Re: A Brief History of Paganism

Post  EarthsAngel on Wed Oct 06, 2010 2:29 pm

Most Christian Rituals, festivals and symbols were taken from the Pagans. Pagan basically means 'Country dweller' It wasn't particularly a religion as such, more a way of life. The early Pagans were quite backwards and had some awful human sacrifice rituals. Many were healers (often called witches) they used all the elements Mother Nature provided to heal the sick. Todays Pagans mostly follow some sort of Nature based path.

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Re: A Brief History of Paganism

Post  El Guapo on Wed Oct 06, 2010 5:13 pm

The similarities between Christian symbology and Pagan symbology were historically also very deliberate.

The books of the Bible as we know it were collated at the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. At the time Rome was a Pagan civilisation which worshipped multiple deities.

To assist the conversion to Christianity by these Pagans what the Emperor did was ensure certain specific important dates in the Bible closely matched important dates in the Pagan calender. Christmas is just one example of this. It was thought by the Emperor that conversion would be easier and more acceptable for people if many of the fundametal aspects of each form of religion closely matched.

But this wasn't enough. To further encourage conversion the Emperor went one step further. He took very specific Pagan imagery and used it as a base for very important characters in the Bible that represented evil. He wanted converted Christians to hate and consider evil non-converted Pagans in order to crush entirely their form of worship. Rome did not tolerate any form of non-conformist behaviour and religion was no different. It's no coincidence that even to this day many people still ignorantly associate Paganism with Satanical Worship.

Don't take my word for it completely though as there is visual evidence. Look at the two images below. One is the classic image of Pan, the Pagan god of nature and the other is Satan, representing evil in Christianity.

Can you tell them apart? The only real difference I can see is that one holds a musical instrument whilst the other a weapon.




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Re: A Brief History of Paganism

Post  northern-star on Sat Oct 09, 2010 8:09 am

Those images are I think both relating to Pan aren't they El?
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Re: A Brief History of Paganism

Post  El Guapo on Sat Oct 09, 2010 12:01 pm

Nope but I agree the similarities are striking. Pan is never depicted carrying a weapon but other than that there isn't much real difference. It's clear where the inspiration for the second image stems from and you have to wonder why Pan is being misrepresented in such a way.

The second image is of Krampus who (according to myth) is an earthbound devil who snatches naughty little kids at Christmas lol

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Re: A Brief History of Paganism

Post  chelseaz on Sat Oct 09, 2010 5:25 pm

mess with the gods at your folly.......ha ha ha what is belief ? it is believing a higher being than us exists. we have chosen our own ways of interpreting this. i think beyond all the bollox there has to be a semblance of truth.i dont think for a minute i am from this planet.i believe god lives in me without doubt.i believe in spirit i reject religion because it does not apply to me.i have looked at religions and have risen above.maybe i'm wrong but i trust my feelings and am content.i dont care if its egyptian,greek or indian gods, they all give you clues. its finding the meaning of it all. look inside.politics uses religion to make people kill each other.....mans decision not gods.they gave us free will....were a bit stupid as far as im concerned.....long live god.
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Re: A Brief History of Paganism

Post  northern-star on Sun Oct 10, 2010 3:30 am

Yes the resemblance is striking El, especially if you look at the depictions of Pan that are in a gallery in South Florida (i forget the name of the gallery now, but will get back to you on it)

Chelz I do believe that God exists but is within you, as you stated. Now Jesus that is a whole different matter. I do believe a person called Jesus was alive and around the middle east at the time documented, but as the Son of God? nah I doubt that very much
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Re: A Brief History of Paganism

Post  EarthsAngel on Sun Oct 10, 2010 8:29 am

Great post Chelz, I agree with everything you say.

NS, I believe Jesus did exist, I belive he was a great healer, but not the son of God. I don't believe that Jesus was crucified and rose three days later. He is said to have married, had many children and is buried in India. That all fits in more with my ideas on religion.

I also believe we come from an Alien race, we all know they existed and traveled to earth many thousands of years ago. I have never believed we evolved from Primates. I think most of us have a 'knowing' and if we listen to it, the answers are there us.

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Re: A Brief History of Paganism

Post  EarthsAngel on Sun Oct 10, 2010 1:36 pm

This is an amazing interview with Boriska, he has memories of another life on Mars. It's too long to post the whole interview so I will post the link so you can read from the site. I hope you enjoy.

Boriska – the Person from Mars
A meeting in an anomalous zone

The first time I heard about the unusual boy named Boriska was from the stories of the participants of an expedition to an anomalous zone in the north of the Volgograd province, known in our country as the "Medveditskaya Ridge".

"Imagine, when everyone was sitting around the bonfire in the evening, this little boy, about seven years old, suddenly and loudly demanded silence: he was going to tell us about the inhabitants of Mars and about their trips to Earth," one of the witnesses shared his impressions. "Well, someone was still chatting in a low voice, and then the boy strictly demanded our full attention, or else "there would be no story".

And so the other conversations died off. And this is why – the round faced child with the big eyes, in a summer T-shirt and a cool baseball cap, completely unafraid of the adults, began an unbelievable story. About the Martian civilization, about megalith-cities and Martian space ships, about flights to other planets, and about the country of Lemuria on Earth, about the life of which he knew personally, having at some point flown here from Mars to this huge continent in the middle of the ocean and had friends there…

The bonfire continued to crackle, the darkness of night gathered around the people seated there, and the endless starry sky above us was silent, as if it was keeping some sort of great secret. An hour and a half went by in surprising stories. One of the listeners guessed and ran to get a dictophone, and so somewhere in Moscow there is a recording of this story. However, if it will ever be published, only God knows; not everyone has a journalist's skills.

Many were shocked at two things. First, the unusual knowledge that a seven year old should not have had – not even every history professor could clearly talk about the legendary Lemuria and the Lemurians. You wouldn't find anyone in a school or college with these memories. Science has not yet proven the existence of other civilizations, and, it would seem, is not in any hurry to prove this, being closer to the idea of the uniqueness of man in the universe. And, secondly, the speech of Boriska… It was not at the level of a child in the first grade: he used such terminology, such details and facts from the pasts of Mars and the Earth, that everyone was impressed. Only from the emotional outbursts could you tell this proper and sensible speech was from a child.

"Why did Boriska talk like this?" wondered my interlocutor. "Apparently, he was provoked by his surroundings at the expedition camp. Here were gathered interested people, with open minds, pursuing the solutions of the many secrets of Earth and the cosmos, and Boris, listening to the day of conversations, expostulated in his speech that which had long been in his memory.

"Could he have made it all up? Watched all the 'Star Wars' movies and started to make up stories?"

"It seems not… This did not sound like a fantasy," argued my colleague, "More like it was the memory of the past, memories from his past reincarnations. These sorts of details can't be imagined, they must be personally known…"

The words about the memories of past reincarnations decided everything: I understood that I had to meet Boriska. Now, after my meeting with him and his parents, I am trying to put everything together in order to understand the mystery of the birth of this young being.
It's curious that he appeared in the world in the city of Volzhk, in a provincial childbirth hospital - although on his birth certificate, in the section for place of birth, it says Zhirnovsk, Volgograd Province instead in the place of registration. His birthday is January 11, 1996 at 8:30 AM. That may say something to an astrologer.

His parents are good and kind people. Nadezhda Kipryanovich, Boris' mother, is a dermatologist in a city clinic, and graduated from the Volgograd Medical Institute not long before this, in 1991. His father, Yuri Tovstenev, is a retired officer, in his time graduated from the Kamishinsky Higher Military Institute, and now works as a construction supervisor. They themselves would be happy if someone would help them solve the mysterious phenomenon of their son, but for now they watch their miracle with curiosity.

"When Boriska was born, I noticed that at 15 days old he already held his head up," recalls Nadezhda. "His first word, "Baba" (grandmother), he said at four months old and from then on, you could say that he started to talk. He made his first sentence at 7 months, with the words, "I want a nail" - he saw a nail in the wall, although generally children start speaking much later. The most remarkable of his intellectual abilities were beyond the physical."

"And how did it manifest itself?"

"When Boris was a year old, I started giving him letters following the Nikitin system, and, if you can imagine, at a year and a half he could already read heavy newspaper type. He learned to recognize colors in a variety of hues early and easily. At two years old he began drawing, and at two and a half he could paint. He could draw in different hues.

Boris went to day care after he turned two. All of the caregivers said that he was very gifted with languages, and had unusual brain development. They noticed that he had a phenomenal memory. However, his parents noticed that the way their son gathered knowledge was not only through observing his surroundings, but, it would seem, from other sources: he picked up information somehow from nowhere!

"No one taught him," remembers Nadezhda, "but he somehow got into the habit of sitting in the lotus position, and just listen to him! He cast such pearls and details about Mars, about the planetary systems and other civilizations, that it amazed us… But how could the child know all of this?... Space, and the cosmic subjects in his stories – these were the constant topics from when he was two.

At the same time Boriska announced that he use to live on Mars, and that the planet was habitable, but that it survived the worst catastrophe in its history, the loss of its atmosphere, and now a few remaining inhabitants live in underground cities. At that time he often flew to the Earth on trade and scientific research missions. It would seem that he himself was a pilot of a space vessel. This was at the time of the Lemurian civilization, and he had a Lemurian friend, who died before his eyes…

"A huge catastrophe happened on Earth, where mountains exploded and a huge continent broke apart and sunk under the water, and all of a sudden a huge stone fell on the building where my friend was," reported Boriska. "I couldn't save him. And now on Earth we should meet again…"

Boriska sees the whole picture of the destruction of Lemuria as if it just happened, and suffers about the death of an earthling, as if he himself was guilty of causing it.

Once he saw a book which his mother brought, "From Whom Do We Come?" by Ernst Muldashev. You needed to see the effect this had on the little boy. He looked at the drawings of Lemurians, the photographs of the Tibetan pagodas and two hours later could talk in detail about the Lemurian race and at a high level about their discoveries…

"But Lemuria was destroyed at least 800,000 years ago," I said carefully, "and the Lemurians were more than nine meters tall – and yet somehow you remember all of this?"

"Yes, I remember," replied Boris, and added, "certainly no one told me about it…"

Another time he began to remember a lot after seeing the illustrations in a second book by Muldashev, "In Search of the City of Gods." About burial chambers and the pyramids. He said that they would find knowledge not under the pyramid of Cheops but under a different one. But they have not found it yet. "Life will change when they open the Sphinx," he said, and added that the Sphinx will open somewhere behind the ear, but he can't remember exactly where. He talks engagingly, when the inspiration comes, about the Mayan civilization, feeling that people do not know very much about that fascinating people.

http://projectcamelot.org/indigo_boy_from_mars.html
http://projectcamelot.org/boriska.html


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Re: A Brief History of Paganism

Post  EarthsAngel on Mon Oct 11, 2010 5:00 am

This is an amazing video, I am totally convinced that we originate from an Alien species.


El, I think you will find this really interesting, there is a lot of info on Atlantis.