Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Is Paganism a Prove of the Natinal Identity?

You began to laugh after you've read the title of my post now, didn't you? You think that I've completly lost my mind, probably. But the question is serious enough to provoke even real fights and probably deaths.

You know that I practice Buddhism, and it was and is a reason to critizise and scold me by many persons,  my mother and my relatives included. That is why I got in contact with persons that say: we, Russians, have to follow our own, antique, primordial beliefs and customes (for my relatives it's about the Orthodox religion, however). And they tell me about the initial signs of Russian Nationality.

Александрова гора.
«Александрова гора.» на Яндекс.Фотках

Well, I'm Russian and I'm proud to be Russian.

Said this, I want to express my anxiety about the calls to "turn back to the original purity of the nation's believes". I think, the world just passed this lesson different times. And it was always something very terrible and bloody. But the idea is evidently so tasty and inviting that it returns to life regularly.

Синь камень
«Синь камень» на Яндекс.Фотках

I understand that I can't change anything but I want to write here some words about the "primordial purity".

First of all, there is nearly nothing about that period of the most nations. Not very rich archaeological founds, memories in folklore and written texts -these last come from Christian times. And if we can find something written in the Medieval texts about Druids, for example, (maybe because they disturbed too much), there is nothing about many other nations.

Посмотреть на Яндекс.Фотках

From other side, Paganism is more or less the same in all the countries. Different is what the nature offers to her children -it's a birch in Europe and a palm in Indonesia maybe, a bear hereand an elephant there...
Look at the photos, don't your "primordial" believes use THESE same Gods and signs?

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