What is Paganism?
Paganism is a religion which has false been related to satanism. Paganism, that does not even recognise satanism, is not satanic at all.
Paganism which comes from the latin word paganus, means country man. In ancient Rome they used this word for the people that lived outside Rome, and later, when christianity came, they used it for people who still believed in the ancient gods.
Some pagan characteristics are:
~ There is no temple, but temple is nature herself.
~ there is no specific dogma, just that holy is not something diferent than us, but that we are part of it and it, a part of us. As this is not only for us, humen, but for everything, everything is holy and respect-worthy.
~ Without dogma, there is no prosylitism. Paganists will never prosylitise anyone and they also hate the ones who do it. Paganism's nature respects every single theophylosophy.
~ There are no leaders. Unity of the pagan with holy is so personal that there is no need for mediums.
~ Which ever god/dess the practicioner believes, there is something comon. Gods, are not evil, nor good. Paganism says that evil and good are 2 sides of the same coin that represents everything. There is no black or white, but grey, for this reason, gods (representations of the holy) cannot be separated as evil ones and good ones, but the unity of both.
~ Paganism leads to harmony with nature.
Pantheism and Polytheism
Paganism is separated in 2 big categories, Pantheism and Polytheism. It's not easy to put a separation line between pantheism and polytheism and some pagan religions use both, making it even harder.
Trying to separate them, we could say that the basic diference is that for Pantheism, holy is everything and there are no gods. For Polytheism holy is everything but there are gods. I will try to be more clear.
Pantheism comes from the words pan and theos. These two words together mean that everything is god. Pantheism is characterised by lack of dogma and holy is used as Holon, the one, etc. This One has no name, gender, human characteristics or shape. It is the that, that moves everything and is moved by everything. That, that created everthing and was created by them.
It is hard for a human to understand this. There comes Polytheism to make it simpler and to fulfill the human need for prayer.
Polytheism has some dogmatic structure but its very general. Polytheists believe in more than one god, who are nothing else but divisions of Holon. These gods fulfill the need to understand a shape, a name, a characteristic. Something that Pantheism does not have. Gods can be represented as mediums.
In other words, imagine Holon as a huge tree with millions of branches and billions of leaves. The trunk is the heart, every branch is a god and every leaf is a human, animal, etc. Which leaf is You, doesnt matter, but as a leaf You cannot see the trunk, but only some branches so, You refer to them (gods) to comunicate with the trunk (Holon).