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Pagan/Polytheistic Discussion Thread: By the Gods!

For discussion and debate about anything. (Not a roleplay related forum; out-of-character commentary only.)

What Faith do you follow?

Asatru/Germanic Paganism
4
13%
Celtic Paganism
1
3%
Hinduism
2
6%
Slavic Paganism
2
6%
Hellenism
6
19%
Wicca
0
No votes
Kemetism (Egyptian Paganism)
1
3%
African Paganism
0
No votes
Animism
2
6%
Other (Ancient Asian/Arab/American/pacific islander/undefined)
13
42%
 
Total votes : 31

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Pagan/Polytheistic Discussion Thread: By the Gods!

Postby Herzpunkt » Mon May 10, 2021 7:32 pm

This thread is for discussion on those with Pagan faiths, for clarification the word Pagan in this thread is primarily reserved for polytheistic and animists but is a broad term open for interpretation.

This is a thread for Pagans of all kinds to come together in a kind and intellectual environment, visitors of other faiths should be respected and vice versa. Disagreements are bound to happen, this should be a room for healthy growth and discussion about ones faith.

Please enter, tell us how you found your faith, how you live day by day, your methods of worship, your fellow or local pagan communities and challenges we face and solutions to those challenges, this is the place to feel comfortable and welcome.

NOTE: Poll options were created for simplicity, where an individual should be able to find at least one option acceptable. This is partly to due with the wide variety of Pagan faiths.
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Postby Nakena » Mon May 10, 2021 7:34 pm

Consider me on board, needs more OP though. Also not sure about the poll options since they might be too specific.

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Postby Exalted Inquellian State » Mon May 10, 2021 7:34 pm

Does having a belief system(I'm kinda the only one who believes in it, so it isn't a religion) with all gods and a multiverse count?
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Postby Herzpunkt » Mon May 10, 2021 7:35 pm

Nakena wrote:Consider me on board, needs more OP though. Also not sure about the poll options since they might be too specific.


Trying my best here :(

Ill update it over time, just needed to have a thread like the abrahamists
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Postby Wink Wonk We Like Stonks » Mon May 10, 2021 7:35 pm

*sees thread* i will watch your career with great interest. also yeah, the op is sparse.
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Postby Herzpunkt » Mon May 10, 2021 7:37 pm

Exalted Inquellian State wrote:Does having a belief system(I'm kinda the only one who believes in it, so it isn't a religion) with all gods and a multiverse count?


Pick “others”

The poll options were based on simplicity
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Postby Exalted Inquellian State » Mon May 10, 2021 7:38 pm

Herzpunkt wrote:
Exalted Inquellian State wrote:Does having a belief system(I'm kinda the only one who believes in it, so it isn't a religion) with all gods and a multiverse count?


Pick “others”

The poll options were based on simplicity

A lot more picked other than I thought.
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Postby Herzpunkt » Mon May 10, 2021 7:43 pm

Updated poll
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Postby Wink Wonk We Like Stonks » Mon May 10, 2021 7:44 pm

so,,, discussion question or whatever since there's none in the op:
what lead you to [insert polytheistic religion here]?

may or may not put my answer here at some other time
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Postby Exalted Inquellian State » Mon May 10, 2021 7:46 pm

Wink Wonk We Like Stonks wrote:so,,, discussion question or whatever since there's none in the op:
what lead you to [insert polytheistic religion here]?

may or may not put my answer here at some other time

I thought up my belief system(which I don't have a name for, let's call it Multiversalism) myself, deciding that every god existed, including unknown alien, alternate universe, and transdimensional ones, but the one most believed in would have more power due to their ideology being abe to command more believers due to their faith in them.
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Postby Herzpunkt » Mon May 10, 2021 7:50 pm

Exalted Inquellian State wrote:
Wink Wonk We Like Stonks wrote:so,,, discussion question or whatever since there's none in the op:
what lead you to [insert polytheistic religion here]?

may or may not put my answer here at some other time

I thought up my belief system(which I don't have a name for, let's call it Multiversalism) myself, deciding that every god existed, including unknown alien, alternate universe, and transdimensional ones, but the one most believed in would have more power due to their ideology being abe to command more believers due to their faith in them.



Actually sounds familar to the chaos gods in 40k where number of believers determines diety power. Very interesting. Not saying you follow dark gods or anything but it is a similar take.

Did something happen for you to believe this? Are you a convert from another faith?
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Postby Exalted Inquellian State » Mon May 10, 2021 7:51 pm

Herzpunkt wrote:
Exalted Inquellian State wrote:I thought up my belief system(which I don't have a name for, let's call it Multiversalism) myself, deciding that every god existed, including unknown alien, alternate universe, and transdimensional ones, but the one most believed in would have more power due to their ideology being abe to command more believers due to their faith in them.



Actually sounds familar to the chaos gods in 40k where number of believers determines diety power. Very interesting. Not saying you follow dark gods or anything but it is a similar take.

Did something happen for you to believe this? Are you a convert from another faith?

I thought it up when I was quite young, but stuck with it regardless. Before that I didn't really have a faith.
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Postby Herzpunkt » Mon May 10, 2021 7:53 pm

Exalted Inquellian State wrote:
Herzpunkt wrote:

Actually sounds familar to the chaos gods in 40k where number of believers determines diety power. Very interesting. Not saying you follow dark gods or anything but it is a similar take.

Did something happen for you to believe this? Are you a convert from another faith?

I thought it up when I was quite young, but stuck with it regardless. Before that I didn't really have a faith.


So you believe that the current abrahamic god is being powered through their followers?
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Postby Wink Wonk We Like Stonks » Mon May 10, 2021 7:54 pm

Exalted Inquellian State wrote:
Wink Wonk We Like Stonks wrote:so,,, discussion question or whatever since there's none in the op:
what lead you to [insert polytheistic religion here]?

may or may not put my answer here at some other time

I thought up my belief system(which I don't have a name for, let's call it Multiversalism) myself, deciding that every god existed, including unknown alien, alternate universe, and transdimensional ones, but the one most believed in would have more power due to their ideology being abe to command more believers due to their faith in them.

huh. that's interesting. like people made their own gods just by believing? or do you think they were always there?
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Postby Exalted Inquellian State » Mon May 10, 2021 7:55 pm

Herzpunkt wrote:
Exalted Inquellian State wrote:I thought it up when I was quite young, but stuck with it regardless. Before that I didn't really have a faith.


So you believe that the current abrahamic god is being powered through their followers?

Yes. The other ones are real too, but have less power. Also, depending on how fragmented aliens are, their deities could have more believers, and as such the afterlife may be completely different from what we expect, but it will either be mediocre or split into good and bad.
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Postby Exalted Inquellian State » Mon May 10, 2021 7:57 pm

Wink Wonk We Like Stonks wrote:
Exalted Inquellian State wrote:I thought up my belief system(which I don't have a name for, let's call it Multiversalism) myself, deciding that every god existed, including unknown alien, alternate universe, and transdimensional ones, but the one most believed in would have more power due to their ideology being abe to command more believers due to their faith in them.

huh. that's interesting. like people made their own gods just by believing? or do you think they were always there?

I assume they make their own gods by believing. Gods can be born, especially if they're technically not all powerful.
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Postby Suriyanakhon » Mon May 10, 2021 7:58 pm

I'm pretty fond of the nats. Because of my background and the descriptions in the Pali Canon, I've always had a strong belief that ghosts exist and influence the world. Sort of an animist, albeit a very idiosyncratic and unorganized one. I doubt that the kind of pure animism that's often described in articles & textbooks actually exist though.
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Postby Herzpunkt » Mon May 10, 2021 8:08 pm

I was a Roman Catholic when I was very little, had a crisis of faith, turned atheist, then eventually agnostic.

Recently fully embraced Asatru(might become a licensed Godi) as im growing older and falling more in love with nature and my ancestors and the gods and goddesses. I consider it a return to “the old gods”
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Postby Herzpunkt » Mon May 10, 2021 8:15 pm

Suriyanakhon wrote:I'm pretty fond of the nats. Because of my background and the descriptions in the Pali Canon, I've always had a strong belief that ghosts exist and influence the world. Sort of an animist, albeit a very idiosyncratic and unorganized one. I doubt that the kind of pure animism that's often described in articles & textbooks actually exist though.


Are you of east asian descent? Just curious
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Postby Suriyanakhon » Mon May 10, 2021 8:16 pm

Herzpunkt wrote:
Suriyanakhon wrote:I'm pretty fond of the nats. Because of my background and the descriptions in the Pali Canon, I've always had a strong belief that ghosts exist and influence the world. Sort of an animist, albeit a very idiosyncratic and unorganized one. I doubt that the kind of pure animism that's often described in articles & textbooks actually exist though.


Are you of east asian descent? Just curious


Nope, Appalachian.
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Suriyanakhon wrote:
Herzpunkt wrote:
Are you of east asian descent? Just curious


Nope, Appalachian.


Oh wow, did something happen to bring you to buddhism?
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There is a good concept called science, I think all people should use it. The more I see other religions, the more I feel happy that I am weak agonstic again.
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Herzpunkt wrote:
Suriyanakhon wrote:
Nope, Appalachian.


Oh wow, did something happen to bring you to buddhism?


Nothing spectacular, had a collection of Jataka tales from the library as a kid which I read and enjoyed. I shifted in between different sects for a lot of years before I started attending a Thai American temple and a Pali study group.
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Postby Herzpunkt » Mon May 10, 2021 8:47 pm

Suriyanakhon wrote:
Herzpunkt wrote:
Oh wow, did something happen to bring you to buddhism?


Nothing spectacular, had a collection of Jataka tales from the library as a kid which I read and enjoyed. I shifted in between different sects for a lot of years before I started attending a Thai American temple and a Pali study group.


I love it

Their are no viable hofs near me, so i might have to go to a Hindu temple as a substitute(still will pray to the aesir and vanir)

The hard part is finding a good community
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Postby Just-An-Illusion » Mon May 10, 2021 8:52 pm

Hakinda Herseyi Duymak istiyorum wrote:There is a good concept called science, I think all people should use it. The more I see other religions, the more I feel happy that I am weak agonstic again.


While I'm not Pagan... Why did you feel the need to come into this thread and start saying people should believe in science?

That's like going into the Christian and Islam thread saying that everyone should believe in science for no reason.
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