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Author: TheMoonglade Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 3721  
Subject: Re: Something new Date: 9/22/2010 7:49 PM
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First thought out of the barn?

What beliefs will be taught at this facility that they are using the generic term "celtic" to mean? Irish? Welsh? Cornwall? Manx? Scottish? Brittany? If so, then use that term. If a mix of beliefs from those countries that can be traced from a time prior to the advent of Christianity is to be taught, I believe that is called "Wiccan." I would say that there are sufficient differences between the cultural beliefs of those areas to require a distinction in terminology.

Generally speaking, I dislike the use of the term "celtic" unless a broad discussion of those cultures is being referenced, or unless a basketball team is being referenced. I wouldn't use the term "viking" to generically refer to the cultural beliefs of only Norway - that term references the cultural beliefs of all the Scandinavian counties from a time before the advent of Christianity.

Off the soapbox - I like that the pagan community in that area has a place to attend with others in a safe public environment. Not everyone in my pagan community would I be happy to invite into my home, and yet what choice do many have if they want to meet and greet other pagans? Either host or be hosted. Also there is the occasional threat by some conservative communities to harass pagans in their home celebrations by invoking code enforcement to stop the home celebrations. (On at least one occasion locally, the Baptists stood by the pagan group, since the same "code violation" would have stopped their right to hold in-home Bible studies). With a public structure such as this one, that is one less worry for that community.

Also very nice the actual "sweat equity" of the members - nothing makes a person feel more like they belong then getting involved in the construction process.

May they suffer no vandalism from the uninformed and the malicious.

Moonglade
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