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An Evening with the Pagans A brief history of paganism Over 25000 years ago our ancestors across the continent practiced an ancient form of religion known as paganism During the Neolithic and Paleolithic time era our ancestors were in awe of the great manifestations of nature Due to lack of scientific thought they were riddled with ignorance and superstition Everything had a supernatural explanation They associated each naturalistic phenomena with a type of god inscribing inanimate objects with life -like characteristics This practice is referred to as animism Every element be it thunder rain or the sun was thought to be a god or goddess within it Eventually their gods became an object of worship known as polytheism Eventually many forms of polytheism evolved to what is known as paganism Modern Paganism Now defined as The worship of a god or goddess whose roots are in pre-Christian Western Europe Modern paganism is alive and well today It consists of many sub-divisions These include Wicca druidism Santeria and many others Wicca focuses on the worship of a god and goddess In Wicca there is a plethora of pantheon of deities that one can choose from including Greek Norse roman etc Focusing on a Greek Wiccan tradition this will be describing the pagan festival of Hectare The Festival of Hecate The festival of Hecate is celebrated between the 3rd and 4th Saturday of August which ever is closest to the new moon It is in honor of the Greek goddess Hecate She was first worshipped in ancient Greece -called the triple goddess of magic She is often represented in triple form maiden youth mother fertility and crone the wise woman In ancient Rome she was known as trevia the cross road with three paths Hecate is symbolized by the phases of the moon Each attribute correlates with a particular phase of the moon The waxing moon maidenthe full
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