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A Photographic Essay The terms goth and gothic have many different meanings to various people of the earth They are often used to describe an artistic and architectural style that includes Victorian Edwarian and medieval designs They are also used to describe a person who is somewhat barbaric rude or a non-conformist However in more recent times it has come to define an alternative sub-culture of society A culture that is vastly misunderstood and under constant scrutiny from the general public What people do not realize is that the premise of the gothic culture serves as a creative outlet for many of its followers Many people stumble upon their gothic tendencies following a tragic or depressing event in their life Others become goth simply because they are drawn to the dark moods of gothic art music and literature However in most cases it is a combination of the two Therefore a goth can be defined as an individual who is drawn to medieval imagery sounds or society Also one who dwells in or confronts sorrow either by need or choice Obviously this definition does not mention religion in any manner However because some religions associate dark with evil gothic people are often thought to be evil Much to their dismay goths are also associated with the Satanist musician Marilyn Manson While Marilyn Manson did enter the music scene on a goth ticket his music does not accurately represent gothic culture at all When viewing the photograph of the girl in the white shirt most would assume that because of her gothic nature she is not religious But by looking closer one can see that there is a cross wrapped around her neck In reality this gothic teenager is a devout Catholic Contrary to popular belief many goths are devout Christians Atheism Agnosticism the New Age Gnosticism Shamanism and Wiccan are other religions accepted by goths There are a few goths who are also Satanists
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