The work of the Brothers Grimm influenced other collectors, both inspiring them to collect tales and leading them to similarly believe that the fairy tales of a country were particularly representative of it, to the neglect of cross-cultural influence. Romanticist interest in non-classical antiquity coincided with the rise of Romantic nationalism and the rise of the nation state in the context of the revolutions , leading to the creation of national epics and national myths for the various newly formed states. Pagan or folkloric topics were also common in the musical nationalism of the period.
Modern paganism , or neopaganism, includes reconstructed religions such as Roman Polytheistic Reconstructionism , Hellenism , Slavic Native Faith , Celtic Reconstructionist Paganism , or heathenry , as well as modern eclectic traditions such as Wicca and its many offshoots, Neo-Druidism , and Discordianism. However, there often exists a distinction or separation between some polytheistic reconstructionists such as Hellenism and revivalist neopagans like Wiccans. The divide is over numerous issues such as the importance of accurate orthopraxy according to ancient sources available, the use and concept of magic, which calendar to use and which holidays to observe, as well as the use of the term pagan itself.
Many of the revivals, Wicca and Neo-Druidism in particular, have their roots in 19th century Romanticism and retain noticeable elements of occultism or Theosophy that were current then, setting them apart from historical rural paganus folk religion. Most modern pagans, however, believe in the divine character of the natural world and paganism is often described as an Earth religion. There are a number of neopagan authors who have examined the relation of the 20th-century movements of polytheistic revival with historical polytheism on one hand and contemporary traditions of folk religion on the other.
Isaac Bonewits introduced a terminology to make this distinction. Prudence Jones and Nigel Pennick in their A History of Pagan Europe classify pagan religions as characterized by the following traits:. In modern times, Heathen and Heathenry are increasingly used to refer to those branches of neopaganism inspired by the pre-Christian religions of the Germanic, Scandinavian and Anglo-Saxon peoples.
In Lithuania , many people practice Romuva , a revived version of the pre-Christian religion of that country. Lithuania was among the last areas of Europe to be Christianized. Odinism has been established on a formal basis in Australia since at least the s. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
For other uses, see Pagan disambiguation. Further information: Pagus. Further information: Hellenes religion. Further information: Decline of Hellenistic paganism and Hellenic philosophy and Christianity. See also: Religion in pre-Islamic Arabia. Main article: Modern paganism.
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It could be a sense where the self dissolves into nothingness, or dissolves into God or the universe. But if Newberg and his colleagues are correct, such experiences are not proof of being touched by a supreme being, but mere blips in brain chemistry. This would explain why some type of religion exists in every culture, arguably making spirituality one of the defining characteristics of our species.