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I am a student of cultures and history. I hold numerous degrees in both. I do not subscribe to the notion that cultural isolation in pre-modern times was by design, or by choice, or that cultural intermingling is an evil of the modern “liberal” world.
If, at any point, a culture was shielded from another and diffusion did not occur, it is due to geographic isolation rather than an uniformly made decision.
Please keep that in mind while reading here.
On Paganism, paganism, and NeoPaganism
When I speak of the modern religious movement/community or religious movements (often prefaced with “Contemporary”, I use “Paganism” as a proper noun. That means majuscule ‘P’.
When I speak of historic, pre-Christian, groups of Europe, I follow academic standard as established throughout the historic record and write it with a minuscule ‘p”, as “paganism”.
I personally consider the term “NeoPagan”, “Neopagan”, or any derivation of to be offensive and refuse to use it. I consider the term misrepresentative at best, and derogatory at worst.
A VERY IMPORTANT Note on Racialist or Exclusivist Religion, and This Blog’s Position On It
I’ll get straight to the point: Folkishness is racist.
There is no Folkish vs. Universalist debate. The first concern of “Folkish Heathenry” is race and arbitrary standards of ethnicity. Thus, it is racist.
Posters and followers of Folkish or Ethnicist blogs are welcome to follow me, but they need to understand a few things about this blog:
- I am not of your ilk.
- I will never be of your ilk
- Your opinions on ethnicist and racialist Paganism/Heathenry/whatever will not find purchase here. You are here at my whim.
My conception of the geographic boundaries of what defines “Paganism” follows Michael York’s view in his book Pagan Theology: Paganism as a World Religion. That is, I view it appropriate to call indigenous, reconstructionist, or contemporary religious groups from the historic European-Mediterranean cultural basin “Pagan”. This includes many indigenous faiths that are not strictly European. Other indigenous non-Christian religious bodies outside of this historic cultural zone often maintain their own identity, particularly if they have not been destroyed completely by conversion.
This is as far as I’m willing to go regarding exclusivity.
I hold that anyone, no matter their makeup, heritage, or what have you is able to worship, so long as they are dedicated, respectful, and hardworking. I hold European-descendants to a higher standard, because they often assume they can waltz in to the religion. A historic community wouldn’t care about any of it, so long as the community can survive. It often feels like Tribalists are willing to extend the same opinions as mine on exclusive Paganism, so long as they “do it somewhere else”. I find fault with this because in the survival of a community, it wouldn’t matter. A person that assists in the community survival will be accepted, regardless of where they are from, over someone who does not aid their neighbors or assist with some pressing matter.
Think to yourself, “Is my comment or are my beliefs going to run counter to the idea that Folkishness is stupid?” If yes, don’t post.
More Importantly: Think to yourself, “Are my comments or are my beliefs representative of White Supremacist and/or Nazitru ideoloy?”
If yes, LEAVE.