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    • Hello All,

      It's been a while since I joined his group and iniially introduced myself, but I thought I'd ask what people think, and have thought, of Terry Pratchett and his take on paganism and magic(k). In my edition (1997) of Graham Harvey's Listening People, Speaking Earth: Contemporary Paganism, Harvey puts Pratchett's Discworld in a very prominent position by recognizing Pratchett's unique understanding (in Harvey's opinion) of paganism and magic. He actually starts every paragraph with a quote from a Discworld novel. Harvey also wrote a distinctive academic article on Pratchett and paganism which can be seen here: http://jbasr.com/basr/diskus/diskus1-6/harvey-6.txt

      Harvey, who is himself a pagan, obviously thinks highly of Pratchett as an individual who has an intuitive understanding of paganism and magic; so what do you folks think? Also, has anyone ever taken direct inspiration from Pratchett, incorporating Discworld's own cosmology (and magic) and into your own (personal) traditions?

      Blessings to all!
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    • I met a young chap yesterday who was wearing very colourful clothes which were decorated with skulls and bones and such. 

      It struck me as quite a pagan apparel though I suspect he wouldn't relate to them that way.

      It got me thinking about attire and what we might consider to be pagan attire. Do you think of anything you wear as being being more pagan than others? Is it down to how it is decorated only?

      I heard that trousers were invented by pagan horseriding nomads from the Pontic/Caspian Steppe. Don't think they are thought of as pagan nowadays though 😉

      How about a shawl, or cloak, or robes, or feathers in one's cap or...?

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    • Our "3 Word Story Telling" thread has been running since 2013...
      One sunny day
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    • Something to think about here
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    • I didn’t see anything today, as usual for most celestial events there was ten tenths cloud cover.


       What is the magic of the eclipse for you?
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    • Moonsmith
      I’ve posted a link (in links) to a BBC article in today’s news just to illustrate a bit of the colourful side of Paganism.  Perhaps it will do something to balance my prosaic take on the subject. i know little of Witchcraft but I enjoyed the article and like her approach.  
    • Ellinas
      👍 It's as good a position as any and better than quite a few.  
    • Stonehugger
      Yes, it was in Nettle's "Who are your deities?" thread. I said "I seem to have become an atheist. That was never my plan, but here I am." Veggiedancer later said it better than me - "I don’t exactly believe in deities as such. I think they come from  our minds. Archetypes, ways of identify or characterising the spirit/ magic/ life or whatever it is we sense around us. Ways our minds try to explain the unexplainable to us???"
    • Moonsmith
      I’m probably second guessing Nettle wrongly but it wasn’t all that long ago that you would have read posts about alters, magic, Shamanism, spells etc. I think it was either Teatimetreat or Drachenfach that had a hex on her handbag and her car.  When the car was stolen it crashed and the thief was caught. I agree and would very much like to see more of the colourful side of Paganism back here.  Quite right Ellinas.  I do not understand how anyone can claim to be Pantheist (or even pantheist) and atheist at the same time even though the most prominent Pantheists do exactly that.  As I’ve said elsewhere: why can’t they call themselves Panists.  The prefix “pan” means everything and everywhere as in “pandemic”.  The god’s name arose from the adjective so it wouldn’t necessarily mean a devotee of Pan. pee ess - it may be worth mentioning that there are a vast number of belief groups under the umbrella word Paganism.  Druids Witches, Polytheist and Shaman are only a small part of what the greater picture of Paganism depicts. Dunno and don’t care are probably the biggest groups.
    • Ellinas
      All the above, plus the impression of a preponderance of atheism is currently, as well as historically, inaccurate.  Certainly, I am no atheist.  I believe MS rejects the term as applicable to himself.  Stonehugger, I think, recently said he had headed in that direction, but I've not seen the other resident atheists for a while. However, our ideas of deity are not the same, necessarily.
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