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MercyL

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Recognizing "Christianized" Thought
« on: August 31, 2012, 11:24:43 PM »
Most modern Wiccan follow the path without really analyzing what they are doing. They are the product of all of the popular books and the "butterflies and unicorns" Wicca that older witches find a bit irritating.

Everyone has their special irritant. For some of us it is teaching males to lead Dianic rituals. For others it is planting fear surrounding spell work. For me, it is the naming of the sabbats.

Lamas, and the other holidays ending in -mas are names based on Christian holidays and should not be used in naming Wiccan or pagan holidays.

I thought I was the only witch in the world who held this position until I me Scott Cunningham at one of his book signings (this was years ago and he has since passed on) where he expressed this same irritation. The ending "-mas" can mean "festival of", "Feast Day of", and "mass" but the meaning is tied to the Christian "festival of", the Christian "feast day of" and a "mass" is a Catholic worship ritual. The "proper" names for the Wiccan and pagan holidays are those used before Christianity sought to rename everything, making everything Christian.

I call this "Christianized thought". Other examples are folk calling the winter holidays "Christmas" in non-Christian settings or sending Christmas cards to non-Christians.

So, using the examples I have just presented, what practices do you see modern Wiccan or pagans embracing without realizing they are indulging in "Christianized thought"?
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Nakhash

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Re: Recognizing "Christianized" Thought
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2012, 02:20:36 PM »
I'm guessing my post for Lammas/Lughnasadh struck a nerve? Personally, I'm not Wiccan. Mostly I identify as Judeo-pagan but even that's not written in stone. And I'm far from being the fluffy-bunny type. I simply called it by the titles most often quoted as recognizable by most Wiccan groups.

I do understand how Christianized thought can be very irritating. Messianic Jews usually get my blood simmering.
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