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Occasionally I wandered in where I was not wanted and gave truthful answers.
Sometimes I even did it deliberately. A little disruption now can prevent disaster later.

NeoNote — Where do pagans fit in?

Stars above, you would ask the complicated one, wouldn't you?

First, I don't speak for all pagans. So take what I say with a grain of salt. If you ask the question of thirteen pagans, you'd probably get forty-seven answers.

Most heathens and neopagans would tell you that we don't believe in Original Sin. We don't think we come into this World corrupt. Sometimes we're born to bring something into the World, and sometimes we're born to take something into the next. But there is no way of telling which until we've Passed.

We don't see ourselves as separate from Nature. We think that the Divine is very much a part of the universe and is living right here beside us. We tend to think of our Gods as Elder Relatives even if they are beyond our understanding.

Mrs. Bookworm criticized animism up in the original article, but animism means that all things have a spiritual nature that is reflected in the World itself. You can't hurt or damage another without striking at yourself. Sometimes it's necessary, like hunting for food, but that doesn't change the death. So it's up to each of us to honor and respect the lives we take to make our own lives better.

Thank you. I wouldn't call myself agnostic, but then we would be quibbling over labels.

Oddly enough, I was born on the Navajo reservation and I've spent much of my life with the Diné, Hopi, and Havasupai. I'm what happens when Louisiana farming stock takes root in the Four Corners.

NeoNotes are the selected comments that I made on other boards, in email, or in response to articles where I could not respond directly.

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