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    Re: Pop Culture Paganism

    I'm reopening this thread for a couple reasons. This concept is still really new in the pagan community, and I know lots of folks haven't heard of it. With all the activity and some newer people and as old as this thread is, I think it's worth a shot. Also, when this was first discussed, I hadn't really heard of this, but it opened up a whole other world for me.

    I strongly believe that spirituality is something we build for ourselves. And that so long as we're making an effort to be a good person that's the most important thing. I also believe that any deities that exist out there are faces of archetypes (another idea I got from here I think) and that the faces we put on them don't particularly matter. I also realize that many pagan paths, even those reconstructing ancient traditions, have to be rebuilt for the modern world and so they are essentially new traditions, if they weren't completely modernly made up (Wicca).

    So I don't have any problem drawing inspiration from fictional books or other pop-culture sources. Sometimes it's an image. Drawing from the Kushiel series for an image of a deity of justice as an example. But it's also been the spiritual feeling I get from a well-built world, like elements from the Black Jewel series influencing my sense of morals and ethics. Or the way I visualize magic.

    Thoughts? (There are lots of good pages of reading in this thread as well)
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    Re: Pop Culture Paganism

    this was a very old thread i think.

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    Re: Pop Culture Paganism

    I love literature - in the full sense of "literature is meaningful expression," rather than literature as " the recorded fantasies of dead white guys," so I see nothing even slightly odd or in appropriate it using contemporary stories to populate one's mythic landscape.

    Really, IMHO, it's exactly what has always occurred, always, throughout human history.
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    Re: Pop Culture Paganism

    Quote Originally Posted by anunitu View Post
    this was a very old thread i think.

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    at least 2 years old
    Three or four years old, more like. Which is part of the reason I decided to revive it. A lot can change in that time period.
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    Re: Pop Culture Paganism

    Quote Originally Posted by B. de Corbin View Post
    Really, IMHO, it's exactly what has always occurred, always, throughout human history.
    I agree. The pantheons as we still know them nowadays used to be a big part of pop cultures throughout history. Pop culture just means whatever is popular at the moment. So I think there's nothing wrong with involving parts of that pop culture into your beliefs.

    I'm definitely not a pop culture pagan, but I do understand why some people are attracted to it. I know a Star Wars fan who works with the Force as a way to empower himself. IMO, and I hope I'm not offending anyone by saying so, I think it's no different than witches using magic. Everyone just calls it differently and uses their own deities, symbols and energies to achieve their goals.

    Pop culture has changed the way I see certain things, escpecially because of movies. I just can't read through my Norse mythology books anymore without seeing Tom Hiddleston and Chris Hemsworth. But I do think that movie-Loki and movie-Thor are waaaaay different the actual gods Loki and Thor. So that image hasn't changed.
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