Before Christianity existed, there was what is now commonly known as Paganism, which is also called Polytheism, the belief or worship of more than one God. Various triune or triple goddesses were commonly seen in ancient religions. The details of the rites, ceremonies, and beliefs were kept secret due to persecution, and consistently preserved from antiquity. As their core teaching became unacceptable, the Goddess teachings became the “Mysteries”.
Anthropologist and author Robert Sepehr explores in a video called Sacred Bloodlines and Mysteries of the Goddess. He notes how some organizations have asserted that Mary Magdalene’s bloodline was of a special lineage, and that her children survive in the royal houses of Europe.ARVE Error: need id and provider
There’s so much wrong with this I legitimately don’t know where to start.
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I didn’t watch the video- though i do plan to eventually because the topic is one I find fascinating. As a pagan, though, my problem was with the precursor text to the video and the factual inaccuracies in it.
Got it. Paganism is OK in theory, but in reality, not so grand. We do not approve of any religion that holds children in such low stature. The rampant child trafficking around the world, combined with sexual abuse, physical and mental abuse, even cannibalism, is not acceptable. We stand with President Donald Trump in moving to eradicate these heinous practices. If you’re not involved, great. If you are, you need to explore different paths.
Oh wow there’s a ton to unpack there. To address the most glaring, however:
(modern) Paganism is not a singular religion. It is a religious umbrella that covers a wide range of interpretations of the non-indigenous Pre-Christian practices of a multitude of cultures- all of which had their own Gods and associated beliefs and traditions.
Paganism as a modern religious umbrella disavows those practices you’ve mentioned and does not practice them, while recognizing them as a part of the ancestral history of humanity- one which no culture, or group, is untouched by. Including Christianity and those cultures converted to it.
I invite you to actually get to know modern Pagans and learn about the religions and their beliefs. And I do not ask you to do so to convert you or lead you away from whatever faith you profess to hold yourself… But so that you are at least more capable of making accurate arguments against it (should you feel a desire to continue doing as much) instead of arguments that perpetuate horribly inaccurate and outdated information based on lies.
We’ll have to agree to disagree! Undoubtedly, there are pagans who take ancient wisdom and religion seriously, as you seem to do. But there are other groups who have not been so forthright or honest. These issues we raised — such as the abduction, trafficking and torture of children — remain persistent problems in modern times. This is not acceptable.
I agree. However, those issues are hardly exclusive to Paganism. And given the shared values of modern Pagan faiths beneath that umbrella, which explicitly disavow such acts, it’s highly unfair to paint them with the same brush.
This is me attempting to lead a horse to water, though. You have to make the decision to drink of your own accord; I urge you to reconsider- and to consider talking to actual members of said faiths (if not for anything other than to educate yourself more thoroughly)… But the choice is yours.