April 4th, 2005
| You scored as Hinduism. Your views are most similar to those of... Hinduism! Do some research on Hinduism and possibly consider becoming Hindu, if you aren't already.|
Which religion is the right one for you? (new version)
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Not surprising that I scored as a Hindu, since my path is heavily Eastern and I've been to India a few times -- bathed in the Ganges at the sacred city of Haridwar last time I was there. I did think, however, that the Paganism score was on the low side -- I think that might have to do with an implicit bias in the questions, whereby Pagan is equated with Wiccan -- and I am NOT Wiccan! (Wiccan-friendly, but not Wiccan.) I also still consider myself a Christian (although others might not) since I try to live my day-to-day life according to the precepts Jesus taught in the Gospels -- that to me is the IMPORTANT part of being a Christian, not the Resurrection etc. Do like The Guy said -- be nice to one another & don't do anything to someone else that you wouldn't want done to you. As you might surmise, I tend to identify with the Roman centurion a lot . . .
Which leads me to this . . .
| You scored as Roman Pantheonic Pagan. You are drawn to the Roman Pantheon. Most names of our planets come from this group, including: Jupiter, Pluto, Neptune, Mars and Venus to name a few. A little less mainstream than your Greek cousins, and often confused for them, you know that there's a difference between the two pantheons and are quick to remind others of those differences. A little more down-to-earth than your Greek cousins, you tend to enjoy fact before fiction, and though no less lusty and romantic, you are more logical about your actions. |
Roman Pantheonic Pagan
Greek Pantheonic Pagan
Celtic Pantheonic Pagan
Norse Pantheonic Pagan (Asatru)
Egyptian Pantheonic Pagan
Sumerian, Babylonian, and Mesopotamian Pagans
What kind of Pagan are you?
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Even though my path is heavily Eastern, I generally consider myself to be a mostly Roman pagan -- albeit a rather well traveled one ;) -- and I "react" more to the Roman side of the Greco-Roman pantheon, with a few exceptions. Mars is NOT Ares (Ares is a better dancer, for one thing) and Mars I can "talk" to, but I "talk" more with Hestia and Athena than I do with Vesta and Minerva. Some eclecticism is there, though, since I "talk" with certain deities, or "classes" of deities, from various pantheons. I'm usually on good terms with the trickster/travel/commerce/cleverness god (Mercury, Loki, Ganesha), the smith/tech guy (Ptah, Hephaestus, Vulcan, Weylund, Ogou), Ms. Babe-alicious sex/love goddess (Aphrodite, Freya), Ms. Housefrau (Frigga, Juno, Hestia, Vesta) and the "growing" persons (Green Man, Pomona and Vertumnus, Cousin Zaka) as well as whover is in charge of the Dead -- Oya, Hel, M. le Baron Samedi, my beloved Papa Pluto (the direct translation of Dis Pater, BTW) and of course PERSEPHONE!
I like the Roman pantheon folks since they have more gravitas -- they tend to be more responsible and staid than their Grecian counterparts -- less likely to throw a fit if you don't do stuff EXACTLY right and much more forgiving of ritual faux-pas. They also seem to enjoy helping people more, even with mundane, small stuff. A lot of the Eastern deities are also like that -- especially the wealth ones like Daikoku, Hotei & T'sai Shen -- maybe that's part of the reason why my path is as much of an East-West combination as it is . . .
Current Mood: awake
Current Music: "Mysterious Ways" by U2
Okay I’m going off to eat two bowls of raw coffee. I may then be able to follow this?
|Date:||April 6th, 2005 08:44 pm (UTC)|| |
Sorry you felt confused!
Part of the discussion was about the differences between various religions while the rest of it dealt more with differences WITHIN the religion known as Paganism. Just as a Christian can be Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Episcopalian, Methodist, etc., so too there are different "traditions" within Paganism -- many of which are associated with a particular pantheon (or "set") of deities. There are some who are drawn to more than one pantheon (such as myself) -- those folks are usually referred to as "eclectics" and they are said to practice "eclectic paganism".
The analogies I was drawing between the different "classes" of deities I "react" to is along the lines of differences within a family. People within a family tend to have a lot of similarities, but there are often significant differences. Sometimes I prefer to "talk" to just one or two members of a "family", sometimes quite a few -- it varies depending upon the "family" in question. (Try reading about some of the deities I mention and I think you'll have a better idea of what I was trying to convey . . . )
I hoped this helped, at least somewhat . . .