December 3rd 2006, 05:22 PM #1
How old is neo-pagan?hyphy
December 8th 2006, 12:13 AM #2
well, to answer this you have to break the word down.
the prefix neo means new or modern, and the word pagan is derived from the latin word Paganos wich roughly rustic.
this is where the pagans of old got labeled as suck, dwelling in more of a country setting with an uncommon knowlege about how to live off the land because of this.
December 14th 2006, 08:19 PM #3
Re: QuestionHow old is neo-pagan?
Unfortunatley, this term has been tarnished by mass media representations and misconceptions of the common Pagan and confused by many different definitions of the word throughoug history. www.religioustolerance.com has 7 definitions for the word "Pagan."
In order to seperate themselves from the misconceptions surrounding "Paganism", the term "Neo-Pagan" was coined for any person who follows "a modern faith which has been recently reconstructed from beliefs, deities, symbols, practices and other elements of an ancient religion." (ref. http://www.religioustolerance.org/neopaga1.htm)
Some examples of this are Druidism which is based on Celtic beliefs and Wicca which is also based on Celtic beliefs.
The term "Neo-Pagan" was supposedly created by Tim Zell, editor of the Green Egg sometime in the mid-70s so there is no documented time in which "Neo-Paganism" was started.
If you still have questions go to: http://www.religioustolerance.org/neo_paga.htm It's a great site with unbiased, clearly factual views of religion.
March 15th 2009, 10:33 AM #4
Paganism itself is a new religion. Basically, its people trying to resurrect and follow old paths. The people who lived and breathed and walked those paths originally did not call themselves pagan. They didn't even necessarily call it religion because it was simply a part of every day life.
October 26th 2009, 11:13 AM #5
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October 26th 2009, 11:20 AM #6
The simple answer is that most paganism, as practiced in western culture, is a recent development."Yes, I'm quite concerned about health care issues surrounding leaked radiation from Japan. Now, please pass me my super sized, bacon double cheeseburger, combo meal..."
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