PAGAN POWER IN MODERN EUROPE - AND AN HINDU'S VIEW Nov 9, 2005 8:47:50 GMT -5
Post by Tautalos on Nov 9, 2005 8:47:50 GMT -5
Yes, but they mantain essential points in common.
Only the ancient Baltic pagans have kept the fire-worshiping and similar Deities that are in common with vedic Indians and ancient iranians. Germanic traditions only had a few things in-common with indo-iranians, while other Europeans are so different,
Not really. Concerning the fire issue, take a look at the importance of the Sacred Bonfire of the Fatherland, permanently kept alive by the Vestals, virgin priestesses of Vesta, the Roman Goddess of the Fire and the Household.
In Rome, the household religion is crucial - it's the familiar religion of the familiar spirits, ancestors and protective Deities. In each household, there was a sacred bonfire, that could only be fed with sacred wood. Every newborn child was carried around the bonfire and on the tenth day, the father decided wether he accepted the child or not - in Aryan India, the period was of twelve days.
The great sacred bonfire of the city was a reflex of that private, familiar, bonfire.
In Greek equivalent to Vesta is Hestia.
The Basque and Finnish aren't Indo-Europeans, but their are still very important surviving European traditions.
But that is not being discussed.
Plus a Basque is more important to iberians than any indo-european coming from southern russia.
Not necessarily. Also, in what concerns traditions, the Basques might have Indo-European influences as well.
while finn-Uralic peoples had a great impact ancient Slavic (the largest impact on Slavs are finn-Uralic cultures) and nordic peoples.
Nevertheless, the Indo-European essence is what defines the national Slavic identity.
Also, the fact that the big changes that you referred, however influent, did not erase the common ancestry, this fact is to be kept in mind.
They both worship several Deities of Indo-European origin and both understand religious diversity.
The Celts I believe worship mainly ancient Deities from Britain and France,
Which are mostly of Indo-European origin.
Plus it's important to understand that polytheism by nature embraces religious diversity, and this goes for all polytheist traditions, not just indo-europeans.
That's just another reason to enhance the Indo-European alliance - instead of one thing in common (polytheism) we have two things in common (polytheism and ethnic root).