At 06:37 PM 5/10/97 +0000, RJ McCaffery wrote:
>Um, hate to break in during the middle of a fine donnybrook, but I
>have a question (perhaps already asked and anwsered earlier): Could
>someone explain why the different (branches?) of Wicca refer to
>themselves as Pagan?
>I was just thinking that would be a negative definition, (you know,
>like saying not-buddist or not-jewish,) since "pagan" seems to mean
>I looked up "pagan" in the OED and was surprised to find that the
>word originally meant 'civilian' (L. paganus) --as opposed to soldier
>(L. miles), since the early christians were in the habit of referring
>to themselves as "soldiers of christ".
>Just wondering when and how you use the word. . .
Wiccans call themselves Pagans because they are panthiestic, which is what
the word Pagan also means. Shamans & Druids also call themselves Pagans,
for the same reason. Oh, we call the different branches traditions, or
"trad" for short. :)
who's wondering what a donnybrook is