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In "Building Bridges," a Tapestry of Faith program
Youth learn about Neo-Paganism.
By definition, Neo-Pagans base their religion primarily on the beliefs, traditions, and rituals of ancient, earth-centered religions. The most popular Neo-Pagan religions in the U.S. are the Druids, based on Celtic tradition, and the followers of Asatru, based on a Nordic tradition.
The Celts lived in several different places of the modern-day British Isles and were not a uniform culture. Hence, over 300 different gods and goddesses have been identified as worshipped by the Celts, though many are presumed to have been local gods. About 33 appear to be supreme. Some of the most popular ones are Arawn, Brigid, Cernunnos, Cerridwen, Danu, Herne, Lugh, Morgan and Rhiannon.
The number 3 is important in Druidism. It represents the sacred (that is, earth, water, and sky); the being (that is, spirit, mind, and body); and time (that is, past, future, and present). The Druids tend to look at the world in threes.
Neo-Pagans and Wiccans are frequently discussed together because they share many beliefs. These might include:
Yet, there are ways Neo-Pagans and Wiccans differ. These might include:
Toss each participant an apple. Instruct participants to cut their apples along the equator, creating a top half and bottom half. You might demonstrate this first. When you open the two halves, you will see a pentagram in the center of each open half. Demonstrate. Then, invite youth to cut their own apples and enjoy their apple during the story, which mentions the pentagram in the apple.
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Last updated on Wednesday, October 29, 2014.
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