Can a person be a Pagan without...

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Registered: 10-12-2009
Can a person be a Pagan without...
Wed, 04-11-2012 - 8:32pm

Can a person be a Pagan without following the Gods and Goddesses of Mythology?

I ask this since I'm a college student have studied how and why the Gods and Goddesses of mythology came about so to help explain the unexplainable for the ancient people. However since now in our current culture of science and knowledge has explained the 'unexplainable' of the ancient times I'm having a lot of problems in adapting mythology as part of my foundation in being a Pagan. (Sometimes knowledge can be a bane to religious beliefs.)

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Registered: 04-21-2008
Fri, 04-13-2012 - 11:27am

This is a great question, Jackie -- I hope some of the other members will chime in with their words of wisdom!

BTW love your siggie picture...such pretty hair!


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Registered: 03-09-2001
Sat, 04-21-2012 - 2:40pm

I don't follow a specifically named Goddess and/or God. IMO, all the different traditions and specific names are different perspectives created as a result of different cultures and times and locations. All talking about the same Power or Spirit. I worship the Goddess and the God, and I called Them that. Not Athena or Thor or whomever else. I believe all the different names sum up the many faces of the Goddess and God. Faces they showed to people along the way, down through history. I connect with the female and male elements and call Them the Goddess and God, but I also see the relationship as through the Tao circle as well. ☯ We are BOTH, IMO, and male and female energies are needed for us to be whole. That's why patriarchal religions creating patriarchal societies fail so completely and end up dominating one gender by the other. Same for matriarchal religions. :)