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neopagan

A neopagan is a practitioner of neopaganism. The prefix neo means new, referring to ancient pagan ideologies, which were revived and reconstructed both in the beginning and at the end the 20th century. A neopagan can be a follower of Germanic Neopaganism, Wicca, Ásatrú, Odinism, Theodism, Neo-Druidism, Norse Tradition, Teutonic Religion, The Elder Troth or Forn Siðr. All these movements ... Read More »

neopaganism

The term Neopaganism is used to describe a broad spectrum of ancient pagan ideologies, which were revived and reconstructed in both in the beginning or in the end the 20th century. These include among others Germanic Neopaganism, Wicca, Ásatrú, Odinism, Theodism, Neo-Druidism, Norse Tradition, Teutonic Religion, The Elder Troth and Forn Siðr. All these movements have incorporated different ideas from ... Read More »

paganism

The term paganism originates from the Latin word paganus, originally meaning country dweller but later on a pagan. It is analogous with heathenism and heathenry. Paganism is a rather new concept, formed in the pre-Christian Europe by Christians to describe the ideology of those who weren't Christians. The latter lived most often in the countryside, while the first Christians lived ... Read More »

saturnalia

In ancient Rome the Saturnalia was celebrated to honor Saturnus (god of fertility, harvest and time), his wife Ops (Mother Earth), Consus (god of storage bins) and the winter solstice, Dies Natalis Solis Invicti (Latin: the birthday of the unconquered Sun). This happened between 17th and 25th of December. The name Saturnalia naturally originates from the god Saturnus. Saturnalia is ... Read More »

heathen

Heathen comes from Old English hæðen and Old Norse heiðinn and describes a person living on the heathland. It is a Germanic analog for the Latin-rooted word pagan. Heathen is a rather recent word, formed in the pre-Christian Europe by Christians to describe those who weren't Christians. The heathens lived most often on a rural area, while the first Christians ... Read More »

paganus

Paganus is a Latin word, meaning country dweller. It is a rather recent word, formed in the pre-Christian Europe by Christians to describe those who weren't Christians. The pagans lived most often on the countryside, while the first Christians lived in cities; hence the expression paganus. Usually the English form of the word, pagan, is used. The word paganus has ... Read More »

pagan

The term pagan comes from the Latin word paganus, meaning country dweller. It is a rather recent word, formed in the pre-Christian Europe by Christians to describe those who weren't Christians. The pagans lived most often on the countryside, while the first Christians lived in cities; hence the expression pagan. The word pagan has varied meanings, and it is most ... Read More »

megalith

The word megalith comes from the ancient Greek word megas meaning great, and lithos meaning stone. Originally it described merely a huge unrefined rock in a landscape, while nowdays it also includes all large hewn stones, which has been used to construct ancient monuments or structures without use of cement or mortar. There are many types of megaliths: dolmens, passage ... Read More »

megalithic

The word megalithic comes from the ancient Greek word megas meaning great, and lithos meaning stone. The term defines a Prehistoric culture marked by structures consisting of very large stones, found particularly in western Europe. It is common for these structures to be made without the use of mortar or cement. There are many kinds of megalithic structures: dolmens, passage ... Read More »

menhir

Menhir is a single megalithic standing stone. The name originates from the Breton words men (stone) and hir (long). In Scandinavia they are called bauta stones. Menhirs can most often be found as solitary monoliths, but sometimes they are assembled in a larger group, such as a stone circle, stone ship, or in more complex aligments. Many of them have ... Read More »