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How “Earthy” Is Your Religion?

by Jason Pitzl-Waters

The Los Angeles Times brings us another edition of the ever-familiar “meet the Pagans” article. It has many of the usual “clever” lines journalists use when reporting on Pagans, allusions to Stevie Nicks, allusions to Harry Potter, Pagan Witches don’t all wear pointy black hats, you get the idea. But Matthew DeBord’s article rises from mere mediocrity into truly bad journalism thanks to some outright falsehoods and bizarre assumptions.

“Contemporary paganism doesn’t draw its inspiration from the multiple-gods worship of ancient Greece and Rome so much as from less classical, earthier antecedents.”

Really? What does that mean for members of Feraferia, Hellenismos, the Supreme Council of Ethnikoi Hellenes, and Nova Roma? What about the large swathes of modern Pagans, including the Druids, who engage in “multiple-gods worship” (we call it “polytheism” round these parts). I also love that shamanism is somehow “earthier” than “classical” paganism. I wonder how one measures the “earthy” quotient of a spiritual/religious system. Is their an earthy hierarchy I’m missing out on?

Read the original article at: The Wild Hunt

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