I can't verify the age or origin of the term, but in the Old Religion, the
term for "outsiders" is "cowan". Perhaps someone could elucidate the origin
of the word, or whether it is of Celtic origin. Dennis?
Sla/n agus beannacht.
>I have yet to see any of my responses recorded online, but maybe this will be
>The concept of "pagans" seems to be based more on semantics than religion.
>According to my ref books, the word took a rather convoluted journey from
>Latin origins of "peasant or country-dweller" to "heathen" to finally meaning
>"not a soldier of Christ." Anyone outside the Christian Church received the
>label "Jew," "Heritic" or "Pagan". Just like other religions have their own
>labels eg: Gentile or Infidel, etc.
>20th century dictionary definitions, eg: "one who has little or no religion
>and who delights in sensual pleasures" certainly seem off the mark and passe.
>I would think, since it's obvious to all on board here that the Celts were
>"practicing Pagans" (but were unaware of it until it was pointed out to them
>in the 5th century), that it would be interesting to discuss just what they
>were practicing and how the "Old Ways" continue to influence the New and I
>suppose how the "New Age" seems to be looking to the Old....
>Did the Celts have labels for "outsiders"? Did they ever try to convert them?