Essentials of Faith: Paganism

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Essentials of Faith: Paganism (24:00)
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Drawing on ancient spirituality, most pagans sum up their chosen form of worship within a modern “green” context. Some follow druidry, others wicca, while a third brand promotes the shamanism of hunter-gatherer cultures. This program sheds light on various examples of pagan devotion put forward by four observers of ancient religious rites and customs. Through straightforward explanations and heartfelt expression, the sundry shapes and species of Paganism are explained by Druid priestess Emma Restall Orr, Professor Ronald Hutton of the University of Bristol, British coven organizer Jeanette Ellis, and shamanic practitioner Leo Rutherford. (24 minutes)

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Segments in this Video - (7)

1. Pagan Celebrations (03:29)
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For centuries an underground religion, Paganism is still celebrated in Britain and many other countries across the world. The Pagan May Day festival constitutes one of the most important Pagan celebrations.

2. Forms of Modern Paganism (01:50)

Modern Paganism seeks to recreate the old religion, which existed in Britain before the arrival of Christianity. Three main divisions of Paganism exist: Wicca, Druidry, and Shamanism.

3. Wicca (03:26)

Like all pagans, witches and wiccans celebrate the cycles of the year with various rituals. A high priestess describes rituals, spell-casting, and Wiccan beliefs regarding magic.

4. Druidry (02:29)

The original druids were priests and leaders in Britain before the Romans arrived. Modern Druids worship the powers of nature and cycles of life.

5. Shamanism (02:05)

Some pagans worship in the manner of the indigenous shaman of Africa, Asia, and America, rely on drums, meditation, or use of hallucinogenic substances to experience new realms of awareness.

6. Common Pagan Beliefs (05:44)

Pagans do not share a theology in the way of religions based on scriptures but do not believe in any creation myths. Pagans do not believe in a beginning or end of time and do not offer definitive answers for spirituality.

7. Love of Nature, Humanity and Earth Essential to Pagan Faith (02:50)

Pagans invite each human being to frame a purpose for his or her life according to individual talents while attempting to incur as little damage as possible. Honor and respect for the earth and all living things pervades modern Paganism.

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