We are a congregation of Pagans in South Georgia. If you have discovered this website, chances are you already know something about what Paganism is. If you have discovered this website by accidents you might not know anything about Paganism. In fact, the question "What is Paganism?" might be going through your mind. For a longer answer please see our page discussing the concept of the Pagan umbrella.
There is not one clear cut definition of what makes a Pagan a Pagan, but there are some believes and attributes that most Pagans share. Those typically are:
+Polytheism (the worship of or belief in multiple deities)
+Pantheism (the worship or belief that the universe or nature is identical with divinity).
+Animism (the belief that animals, plants, and inanimate objects or phenomena possess a spiritual essence)
Most of the deities worshipped by Pagans are derived from indigenous religions of an area that were there before the introduction of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, or Buddhism. Sometimes those indigenous beliefs have continued to exist from the past to the present without dying away. In other instances, the ancestral Pagan religion of an area has vanished, and modern practitioners are left to reconstruct dead religions from what resources are available to them.
The beliefs of Pagans in parts of the Americas and Australia tend to be very individualistic and very eclectic when compared to other places. Seldom will two Pagans in those areas share exactly the same beliefs or practices. Much of the reason for the trend is due to the on-going effects of colonialism, and the linkage of particular paths of Paganism to geographic locations and where one's ancestors once lived.
While the polytheistic aspects of the different Pagan paths might seem to be at odds with the monotheistic beliefs of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam or the non-theistic beliefs of Theravada Buddhism, syncretism of Paganism and those other beliefs has happened and continues to occur.
For answers to a variety of frequently asked questions about Paganism, please visit our FAQs page.