Symbol of Meso-Paganism:

 

In some modern traditions, it represents the connection of mind, body and soul, and in Celtic-based Pagan groups it is symbolic of the three realms of earth, sea and sky.

 

Origin of Meso-Paganism:

Paganism is a broad group of religions including modern pagan religions, indegenious, religions and historical polytheistic religions. It is often taken to exclude monotheism, and to express a worldview that is pantheistic, polytheistic, or animistic. In a wider sense, paganism has also been understood to include any non-Abrahamic, folk, or ethnic religion. However, not all pagans were strictly polytheist.

 

 

History:

“Meso-Paganism” is a general term for a variety of movements both organized and non-organized, started as attempts to recreate, revive or continue what their founders thought were the best aspects of the Paleopagan ways of their ancestors (or predecessors), but which were heavily influenced (accidentally, deliberately and/or involuntarily) by concepts and practices from the monotheistic, dualistic, or nontheistic worldviews of Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, or early Buddhism. Examples of Meso-pagan belief systems would include Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism, Theosophy, Spiritualism, etc., as well as those forms of Druidism influenced by those movements, the many Afro-Diasporatic faiths (such as Voudoun, Santeria, Candomble, etc.), Sikhism, several sects of Hinduism that have been influenced by Islam and Christianity, Mahayana Buddhism, Aleister Crowley’s religion/philosophy of Thelema, Odinism (some Norse Paganism), most “Family Traditions” of Witchcraft (those that aren’t completely fake), and most orthodox (aka “British Traditionalist”) denominations of Wicca.

 

 

Beliefs:

Difference between modern and old paganism;

Differences:

• emphasis on connection with Nature in modern Paganisms versus emphasis on propitiation of deities in ancient paganisms;

• ancient pagans did not call themselves pagan (the term was coined by Christians)

• ancient pagans believed in sin; modern ones do not

• categories of religio (keeping the human world in good relationship with the divine); pius (exemplary fulfilment of religious duty); superstitio (excessive fear of the supernatural)

 

Similarities:

• belief in reincarnation;

• polytheism & animism;

• use of magic;

• both honouring the same deities;

• contemporary Pagans intend to continue the traditions of ancient pagans (whether they succeed or not is a different question)

 

 

Misconceptions:

1.Pagans are devil worshippers(In real,they do not believe in devil.The devils hold no place in Paganism)

2.Pagans are not religious.

(In Real,they involve worshipping deities,codes of ethics,celebration of holidays and a belief in an Afterlife.

3.Pagans make animal sacrifices.

(Paganism is based upon love of nature,even the thought of sacrificing is repulsive to them.)