Welcome to Mosaic Unitarian Universalist Congregation’s Pagan page. If you are curious about how people used to worship or how modern Pagans worship now, this should be a good read. First, let me point out that the word “Pagan” is a Roman word that means “country person.” It was a little derogatory for early Christian Romans to call everyone else Pagan because they didn’t practice the Roman way; also, a bit hypocritical because not long before that, they were Pagan, too! Just the little jokes we share when we study history.
What Paganism Is
Paganism is the ancestral religion of the whole of humanity. This ancient religious outlook remains active throughout much of the world today, both in complex civilizations such as Japan and India, and in less complex tribal societies world-wide. It was the outlook of the European religions of classical antiquity – Persia, Egypt, Greece and Rome – as well as of their “barbarian” neighbors on the northern fringes, and its European form is re-emerging into explicit awareness in the modern West as the articulation of urgent contemporary religious priorities.
The Pagan outlook can be seen as threefold. Its adherents venerate Nature and worship many deities, both goddesses and gods.