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JustMe..on paganism

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Submitted by Danish/American (United States), Mar 30, 2006 at 17:11

I am not Wiccan, but I do incorporate some of their rituals in my sabbaths.

A pagan I am..I have on my altar pagan dieties whom I direct my prayers, my respect and my honor to. My dieties are Freyja, Frigg, Woden and Thor for the most part. Yes, the gods/goddesses of my ancestors from Scandinavia. These are not gods and goddesses of war, murder and what not. Woden (most people refer to him as Odin) is the All Father. Freyja, goddess of the Valkyries..a warrior goddess only matched in courage by Thor, goddess of sex and love, prosperity among others. Frigg is the wife of Woden the goddess of marriage and family, used to envoke blessings on new born children and to aid in childbirth, a goddess of any who have family and children..she is a protector of women. Thor is the god of the common man.. a protector as well, a warrior who was one of the most worshipped gods during the time of the vikings.

My religion is not one of vengeance, one of submission..we do not and have never killed in order to 'force' a religion on anyone. Yes, vikings are well known for their raids on other lands. This was the way of the world during those times. Most peoples in Scandinavia were actually farmers, craftsmen, blacksmiths and the like.

I follow this path to 1)honor my ancestry 2) because quite frankly, all these One God religions are too violent, too fanatical for my liking and 3) it brings me comfort when I can sit and smell my incense..feel the warmth of my candles and just meditate

The pagans were around LONG before Christians. It does say one who has no religion. Not true at all. Websters says on the word religion...belief in, acceptance of God or GODS..rites or worship, any system of such belief or worship. So to say a pagan has no religion is just ridiculous..look back at ANY land before Christianity..did they not have gods/goddesses? Yes they did.

Wicca is a religion of nature. A religion of the elements. Different covens use different dieties for the elements..most common one would hear at any Wiccan sabbath or ritual would be Lord and Lady. Mother Earth is the most revered in this religion. I do have a few books on Wicca, but do not know a lot on it. If you have questions..specific ones, I will do my best to find the answers you seek.

Hope that clears it up a bit.
Peace to you

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