posted on Jul, 16 2009 @ 10:28 AM
when i was a teenager i got interested in paganism of all sorts, particularly the mythology to history element. having read quite a bit i think that a
lot of the pagan stuff is...confused. there are a whole lot of strands and they all amount to individual conspiracies and misconceptions.
the romans weren't at all happy about druids and this prejudice obviously carried through into the catholic church. there is some difficulty telling
myth from lies from historical fact but druids and druidism as we understand it doesn't seem to have been anything like modern pagans, pretty heavy
stuff. animal and human sacrifice, crazy demi-gods, political power systems and a lot of memory feats.
then the church mixed in a lot of hellenistic stuff, jewish magical stuff, eastern mysticism and later on mathematics, astrology and alchemy.
even later the colonial europeans mixed in concepts from traditional beliefs in the areas they were colonising, native american, egyption, austrailian
and african elements even going so far as highlights from confusionism.
so on one hand it looks as if the PTB at the time did act to conspire and issue negative propaganda against all the nature worship type beliefs that
represented an opposing power structure but on the other hand, a lot of the information we have on european type paganism comes out of that same
interesting subject OP, is there any negative beliefs in particular that annoy you?