How is this even close to a hobby?
Religious practice isn't a hobby.
Neo-paganism is hahaha.
larping is a hobby
>celebrate yearly festivals
>leave offerings in shrine
>maybe do stuffs like divination or ritual baths
That's it. You're as pagan as your ancestors 2000 years ago.
it is sort of a hobby because I wacthed something on the people who do practice the old religion and it seems like a lot of larping. (no offence)
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I usually abhor the stupid term "LARP" but it does warrant a place in this discussion.
Worship (not to conflate the judeo-christian term "religion" with loosely related practices) is but a cultural matter. Worhipping the gods of a bronze-age, mainly agricultural or maybe seafarer civilization in our modern world, is nothing but LARP. The worhip of the ancient gods is due to a connection with other peoples who did the same thing, and transmitted those practices as a possible solution to the needs of their survival and daily lives. What's going on in OP's picture is clearly a "LARP".
If the OP really is interested in polytheism as a form of worshipping the forces of nature (however he may understand them), there are better ways. If he only wants to engage in some aesthetic ritualism…. well that's fine. You just gotta know the difference betweem one and the other.
In the grand scheme of history, if paganism was to make a successful comeback, future historians of 3000 AD would find continuity with the original paganism, with just a temporary dark age in between.
>>60185>there are better ways
You think he is some sort of master occultist?
He doesn't know, he is just ignorantly spitting out stuff off the top of his head why trying, and failing to sound like he knows what he is talking about.
The Greek Gods seem to most match the universe we live in, with a human-tier morality that is amoral leaning immoral, but good to their friends bad to their enemies.
The universe doesn't seem to have been designed by an all-knowing Benevolent Unity. And as much as I lean towards Gnosticism, Misotheism, Acosmism and an Evil God in my depressive moments, a truly evil Demiurge could certainly have made a more perfect torture chamber than this, if I'm being honest.
And so Godhood is just a chaotic anarchy of powers. Not even a bipolar world of Good n Evil like the Manicheanism.
Its a larp
I swear it is just one or two people spamming this thread.
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For more sophisticated intellectual Paganism, I present the Aquinas of the Pagans-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elements_of_Theology
Christian scholasticism is largely cribbed from it anyway. Really Aquinas is the Proclus of the Christians.
>In an article entitled The Corpus Areopagiticum as a Crypto-Pagan Project, Tuomo Lankila of the Universities of Helsinki and Jyväskylä argues that the Corpus Areopagiticum, an ostensibly Christian text attributed to Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite, was in fact written by Damascius, the last head of the pagan Neoplatonist school of Athens. The article suggests that the work was written "in order to resurrect more easily the polytheistic religion in better times".
The hidden DNA code of Paganism was snuck into NeoPlatonism and Christianity itself by way of Pseudo-Dionysis. So that when bettter times cane it could be ressurected.
It is not a LARP, but preciselyt what the pagan Grand Elders planned all along. Paganism would survive in NeoPlatonism. And Christians would be the very ones to preserve it, as they would be tricked into thinking St Denys, a follower of St Paul itself was a propagator of it. https://www.academia.edu/4525340/THE_CORPUS_AREOPAGITICUM_AS_A_CRYPTO-PAGAN_PROJECT_Journal_for_Late_Antique_Religion_and_Culture_5_2011
When I read pseduo dionysius I remember being discouraged that the whole work was hinged on accepting the authority of the "sacred text", meaning that you have to believe in the tenets of christianity to really understand it, just like with all christian philosophy.
Yeah that is the early Church Fathers in general, I read the Greek Cappadocian Fathers thinking they would be more intellectual, mystical and neoplatonist but it just reads like a sermon to me.
But dionysius integrates Bible quoting with a Neoplatonist cosmology that has nothing to do with anything described of the Biblical God
Full list of books on paganism/polytheist religions including ancient polytheistic philosophical schools and mysteries
Mythology (in order):https://rentry.co/tr9p8i
I'm not trying to be rude but does anyone actually believe sincerely in the neo pagan stuff? I've only ever seen hippy succubi get into it as a sort of social self-styling accessory, or men who are lonely and bored and need something to spice up their dull existence. Maybe it's just the way they practice their beliefs but they don't seem like they believe in their gods as meaningful forces of nature