posted on May, 21 2006 @ 08:05 PM
What strikes me is the immense ignorance of Christians in regard to actual pagan traditions and how they are present in both catholicism and
protestantism. it would be funny if it werent so tragic that people believe anything.
The rite of holy cummunion/The Lords Supper/whatever you call it in your sect is indeed in the bible, although in every version I read, its symbolic.
However, Christianity is not the only religon to practice this rite, and it predates Chriatianity by far. People keep saying it comes from Egypt.
Wrong. Egypt is one of many cultures that practiced the symbolic eating of bread and wine. Just about every single culture in the world practiced this
rite as a harvest rite. The harvested grain symbolized the body of the sun god or fertility and grain god, whose body was sacrificed to feed people
during the winter. The wine represented the blood of the harvest god from the grapes. This rite is nothing new and certainly is not unique to
Christianity. the Romans, greeks, persians, babylonians, Phonecians, celts, ect all practiced it in some form. the ritual was usually symbolic,
although in some religons, it was believed to be magically imbued with special powers. But it all boiled down to sun rites and the celebration of the
harvest and the declining sunlight.
Christianity and catholisism are full of pagan traditions. Heres a few:
Christmas: originally taking place during the festival of the Roman Saturnalia, which was a huge party in Rome. Feasts and parties abounded, gifts
were exchanged, and someone was appointed to be King saturn, Roman god of agriculture and time, to be revered and catered to until he was sacrificed
at the end of the celebration. Also, the Christmas tree and Yule log were taken from germanic pagan traditions, as is the name Yule, the germanic name
for the winter solstice. Decorating the tree, plus the adornment of holly, were celtic druidic customs. Lighting of candles was a common practice in
northern Europe to celebrate the return of sunlight and warmth. December 25th was the birthday of the persian sun god, Mithrias. By the way, in pagan
traditions of the yule, the sun god, whatever his name, was born of a virgin goddess. The timing of Christmas is purely pagan, and was used when
Christians took over the Roman empire to Christianize and supplant the traditional pagan celebrations at the time. Christ was not even born in
december if you go by the bible.
Easter: the name is from Eostora, the Germanic goddess of spring and fertility. So loved and revered was she by the pagan tribes that the Christians
could not fully banish her, so her name was adopted for the holiday. Eostora was said to travel amonst the tribes when spring came, and with her
traveled her beloved pet rabbit, who would lay colored eggs to the delight of the children, who Eostora had a special love for. Baskets of fruit and
brightly colored trinkets were traditionally made up and given during this celebration, and things were decked out with flowers. Even the timing of
Easter is suspicous: easter happens every year after the first full moon that occurs after the spring equinox. Curious timing for a "Christian"
Valentines day: Though not really a Christian holiday, it is celebrated by Christians. Though it was named for a catholic saint, the holiday comes
from the pagan Roman feast of Lupricalia, meaning Wolf party. It was in celebration of Februs, whose name means fever, a goddess of passion, who was
said to incite fever in mortals to make love. Lupricalia was celebrated by a big party, where some pots filled with names of the party goers were set
out. The name you drew would be the sex partner for the evening. This is where we get the tradition of giving "valentines", though a much more
watered down version.
Halloween: Not really a Christian holiday either, however, the catholics have all saints day on the day after. Halloween comes from the Celtic holiday
of Samhain, which was when it was believed the veil between the world of the living and the world of the dead was at its thinnest. This is the last
harvest festival, and the beginning of the Druidic new year.
Preistly vestments: Only for the Catholic church. The robes worn by cardinals and the pope, and high ranking Catholic figures in general, can
virtually be traced directly back to the Roman priests of Jupiter. In fact, it is widely believed that when Christianity became the offical religon of
the Roman empire, the old pagan preists didnt bother changing their gear, instead, they simply converted to the new religon.
Catholic saints: There are a number of catholic saints whose identity is a mystery, and it is not for certain whether or not they were indeed
historical figures. certain theories put out by a number of scholars suggest that some saints might indeed be pagan gods in disguise: deities from
native pagan cultures who were simply converted into saints to facilitate the assiminlation of the Christian faith amongst the heathens. St. Bride of
Kildare comes to mind, who is quite possibly the Christian incarnation of Bridgitt, celtic goddess of fire, blacksmiths, and bards.
Holy water: Many religons of the world have various forms of holy water which is used to bless people and objects and cast out evil. Same with holy
anointing oil. the practice predates Christianity.
Baptism: the practice of dunking people is not unique to Chrisatianity, and predates it. it is mention in the bible, of course, so it is not, per se,
a Christian tradition gotten from paganism. However, many world cultures have engaged in the practice of dunking people in blessed water, or pouring
water from a sacred source to bless and initiate the person into a paticular sect, make them leaders, or cure illness. In Northern European cultures,
kings were made by bathing them in a sacred spring or pool, priests made the same way.
My space here grows short, I shall start another post to continue.