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Re: OT: [Let_It_Be_Forever_Islam] THE WORLD OF THE JINN

From:Costentin Cornomorus <elemtilas@...>
Date:Wednesday, October 15, 2003, 20:09
--- Joe <joe@...> wrote:

> > Fairly accurate in my world view but not all > > would agree (e.g. one does > > encounter the occassional individual who > > professes a non-broken lineage of > > Pagan adherance from antiquity). I did for a > > time use "NeoPagan" in order to > > carry the idea that my practice is something > > "revived", but eventually > > dropped this as for too many NeoPagan = > > NewAge. > > For many, merely Pagan = New Age.
Or worse. [Part of the problem is that there is no longer a social network or even cultural acceptance of these paths. There's also no standard of practice or authority, and the fact remains that many people are "cross-overs" - they do the new age crystal thing ánd also get into Wicca or other Pagan paths. So it's very easy to lump everyone together.] This is a good instance where capitalisation of a nonspecific entity can be a handy thing. Noncapitalised "pagan" could easily be any of the meanings ascribed to the word; while capitalised "Pagan" could be the devotee of a specific set of nonjudeochristian religions, usually reconstruced from ancient forms. Similar is my use of décapitalised "christian", any devotee of the Way taught by Jesus without being associated with the Christian religious system. I'm not sure I'd buy into capitalising "Gay" (any more than "Straight"), though, neither racio-ethnic terms. Those are kind of like capitalising "green eyed". Padraic. ===== - Nos côsez yen fin xristianós et trancouil - Côsez-el a Ddon! -- Ill Bethisad -- <> Come visit The World! -- <> .


Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>