November 13, 2009

Proud Pagan

Filed under: Shinto — kadiphd @ 12:53 pm

(written March 2009)

Õigemini – Neo-Pagan – to be exact:


From the link below this blog I found a very nice test which appearently manages to place even the absolute atheists such as me on the correct place of the map of religions. Whereas I would rather choose Shintoism instead of Buddhism (for believing in the beauty of life and the living, not in the attainment of death and ugliness of living, true too, but even Buddhism is too strict in its system), I seriously object to have even one percent of connection to islam, catholicism, or “god” forbid, scientology. The 65% overlap in the latter probably just means that they do believe in some basic human values, too, but I still don’t get it… My results:

1. Mahayana Buddhism (100%)
2. Unitarian Universalism (98%)
3. Neo-Pagan (89%)
4. Theravada Buddhism (88%)
5. Liberal Quakers (88%)
6. New Age (86%)
7. Taoism (80%)
8. Hinduism (72%)
9. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (68%)
10. Jainism (67%)
11. New Thought (65%)
12. Secular Humanism (65%)
13. Scientology (65%)
14. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (57%)
15. Orthodox Quaker (54%)
16. Reform Judaism (53%)
17. Baha’i Faith (49%)
18. Sikhism (47%)
19. Nontheist (40%)
20. Orthodox Judaism (34%)
21. Seventh Day Adventist (28%)
22. Islam (26%)
23. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (22%)
24. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (19%)
25. Eastern Orthodox (17%)
26. Roman Catholic (17%)
27. Jehovah’s Witness (13%)

(Minu tulemused) Alumiselt lingilt leidsin hästi armsa testi, mis suudab isegi minusuguse üli-ateisti sättida usunditekaardil õigesse kohta. Kuigi eelistaksin shintot budismile (sest usun pigem elu ilusse ja elamisse kui elu koledusse ja suremisse, mis muidugi ka õige, kuid isegi budism läheb oma piirangute ja normidega liiga kaugele), olen kategooriliselt vastu isegi ühele protsendile seotusele islami, katokliikluse ja, “jumal” hoidku, saientoloogiaga. Viimase 65% kattuvus minu uskumise-uskmatusega tuleneb vist sellest, et nad peavad mõnda inimväärtust ka au sees, aga ikkagi…

Neo-Pagans are a community of faiths bringing ancient Pagan and magickal traditions to the modern age–including mostly Wicca but also Druidism, Asatru, Shamanism, neo-Native American, and more. Neo-Pagan is an umbrella term for various and diverse beliefs with many elements in common. Some Neo-Pagans find no incongruence practicing Neo-Paganism along with adherence to another faith, such as Christianity or Judaism.

Belief in Deity
Some believe in a Supreme Being. Many believe in God and Goddess–a duality. Many believe there are countless spirit beings, gods and goddesses, in the cosmos and within all of nature–God is all and within all; all are one God. The Great Mother Earth, or Mother Nature, is highly worshipped. Divinity is immanent and may become manifest within anyone at any time through various methods.
No human incarnations are worshipped in particular, as all of nature and the universe are considered embodiments of God and Goddess, or of gods and goddesses, worthy of respect, reverence, or worship.
Origin of Universe and Life
Generally, there is no conflict between observations revealed through science and Neo-Pagan beliefs on origins of the physical universe and of man. Many believe in a supreme intelligence that created a duality of God/Goddess who then created a spirit world of gods and goddesses as well as all of the universe and nature.
After Death
Many believe in reincarnation after some rest and recovery in the “Otherworld.” There is generally no concept of hell as a place of punishment, but some believe wrongdoing can trap the soul in state of suffering after death. Some (Wicca) believe the soul joins their dead ancestors who watch over and protect their family. Some believe that life energy continues in some, if unknown, form. Some believe in various spiritual resting places. Many say we don’t or can’t know what happens after death.
Why Evil?
“Evil” is imbalance. Most believe there is no evil but rather that people sometimes make mistakes. Wrongdoing results when we forget we are one with the universal spirit.
The concept of “salvation” is essentially irrelevant; rather the belief that people can attain spiritual balance and harmony with each other and nature. The path includes group ceremonies, dances, songs/chants, prayers, meditation, trance, altered states of consciousness, the metaphysical, magic, invoking or evoking deities or spirits, Tantric practices. Intercessors are commonly used: psychics, seers, shamans, tarot, Oui-Ja board. Ethical choices are influenced by a belief that one is rewarded or punished within this or after this lifetime for one’s choices and an ethical code to do no harm.
Undeserved Suffering
Most do not believe in Satan or any spirit being as the cause of suffering. Some believe in a karma-like principle, that choosing to live a life of wrongdoing and pain will naturally result in suffering in this or later lifetimes. Many view suffering as a result of spiritual imbalance in one’s life or on the planet or in the universe. The focus is generally on healing suffering rather than answering definitively why it exists.
Contemporary Issues
Abortion is not condemned, as there is no official doctrine; beliefs about abortion range the full spectrum. Views on divorce, homosexuality, and gender equality are generally very supportive of human differences, equality, and personal choice. Many believe that involvement in community action, especially regarding environmental concerns, is integral to the belief in human interdependence and worship of the Earth Mother.


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