An interesting read, if short. The only thing I might really add is that what is described as “tradition” could almost better be described as “orthodoxy” and “orthopraxy.” I know, two words everyone hates.
So, already the stupidity has started. This time around the idea of a tradition and what it is. I’m not sure why this is difficult but I do know that it was one of the issues that predicated the online schism c. 2012 leading to many Polytheists refusing to use the word “Pagan” (even though the two words should be synonymous). It would be comforting to simply dismiss it as “stupidity” of this group or that, but to do so is simply not accurate, and more and more I realize that when we speak with those who are not polytheists (and sometimes, sadly, even with those who are) we’re simply not speaking the same language.
This is particularly true when discussing “tradition.” It was this word and the argument around it that really drove home for me today the huge disconnect between those of us who value this as polytheists…
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Rune Believer said:
I view myself as Heathen. I’ve seen far too many disparate views regarding the word Pagan to be comfortable with it. For me, Pagan has become a huge umbrella term, with Heathen being more specific.