Ray...there is a good deal of similarity between Paganism and Hinduism. I'm
sure lots of Christians regard Hinduism as a sect of Paganism, because
Hinduism acknowledges a wide pantheon as opposed to being a monotheistic
There are many brands of Paganism, as widely different as the lands in which
they began. The major difference between mythology and religion is that the
former is passive and the latter is active. If there is a mythology, there
is probably still an active religion somewhere, even if it isn't in exactly
the same form it was in a couple of thousand years before. The basis of all
of these is Nature, because when the religions were being formed Nature was
all Man had, and Nature often had Man at Her mercy. It was basic, as our
needs were basic; food, shelter; survival, and the mysteries of both birth
What you are seeing on this board is mostly references to Celtic Paganism,
which is different from Roman, Greek, Polynesian, Native American, (which
also breaks down into a multitude of subgroups), Norse, Egyptian, Babylonian,
and all the tribal religions of Africa, to name but a few.
Celtic Paganism, which itself is just sort of an umbrella term for many
different traditions which have about as much in common with each other as
the various sects of Christianity have with each other, deals a lot with the
concept that the Gods were once our ancestors, also with the Cult of the
Head. Skulls are a familiar symbol, just as they are in Hinduism, although
in the latter I believe skulls are mostly associated with Kali Ma, whereas
they are not the sole provenance of The Morrigan but were associated with
Celts in general.
The very concept of Celts as an Indo-European group suggests that the roots
of the religion probably are in the same place. Hinduism has just been
around for a very long time, and with a written language to keep it
I think we are tied in some way to our heritage, even religious heritage,
because we are born into a "group mind" or "Racial Memory", possibly
genetically coded, and feel a pull either to or away from it. In animals
it's called instinct, not necessarily toward a belief system, as they are not
that abstract, but if instincts, such as how to care for a kitten are born
into the cat, then what might we not be carrying inside us?
Find your own path, or as Joseph Campbell used to say "Follow your bliss".
The Universe is a big enough place for all of us.