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84,430. What was the purpose of this ancient magic? And who were the wizards who dealt in it? To find out I need to probe deep into our pagan past, to a time when magic was everywhere, and the people who controlled that magic were all-powerful. (Pagan & Magic & Wizard & Druids) Professor Richard Rudgley, Pagans: Magic Moments
84,431. At six hundred years older than Stonehenge, Newgrange in Ireland is a monument that sheds a remarkable shaft of light into a dark and magical past. It give us perhaps the first clue to magic in the pagan world. (Pagan & Magic & Wizard & Druids) ibid.
84,432. We associate the full moon with everything supernatural ... The moonlight was considered a special source of energy. Our ancestors had a close relationship with the night sky. (Pagan & Magic & Wizard & Druids) ibid.
84,433. Could it be that the legend of King Arthur’s sword in the stone is inspired by the magical smiths of the Bronze Age? (Pagan & Magic & Wizard & Druids & Arthur) ibid.
65,700. In 1999 treasure hunters were scouring the site of a Bronze Age hill fort near the German town of Nebra when they dug down and revealed a three and a half thousand year old bronze disc – the Nebra Star Disk, 1,600 B.C. The Disc was buried with a pair of fine swords and fine tools. This was the first evidence of a new and powerful cast of wizard priests. (Pagan & Magic & Wizard & Druids) ibid.
84,434. There was no distinction between magic and medicine in the pagan world. (Pagan & Magic & Wizard & Druids) ibid.
84,435. The Shaman figure has existed for tens of thousands of years. He is as old as magic itself ... He did this with the magic chemistry of the forest. (Pagan & Magic & Wizard & Druids) ibid.
65,701. The Star Disc is embossed with gold leaf images of the sun, moon and thirty-two stars. (Pagan & Magic & Wizard & Druids) ibid.
649. Real people and real ceremonies. Our magician in the grave was a priest in the cult of the sun. His job was to keep the sun rising in the sky. Because in the Bronze Age magic and religion were one and the same. (Religion & Pagan & Magic & Wizard & Druids) ibid.
12,686. Scratch the Christian and you find the pagan – spoiled. (Christian & Pagan) Israel Zangwill, Children of the Ghetto 1892
12,826. Most people already know that the timings of Easter and Christmas come from the pagan traditions. (Christianity & Easter & Christmas & Pagan) Origins of Christianity
12,828. Many so-called Christian ideas belonged to earlier older Pagan faiths. (Christianity & Pagan) ibid.
12,829. The origin of Christianity was the myths, legends, philosophies, prejudices, literature, superstitions, and primitive cosmology of ancient Western culture. Christianity was a product of its time and place. (Christianity & Pagan) ibid.
84,436. On the conversion of the European tribes to Christianity the ancient pagan worship was by no means incontinently abandoned. So wholesale had been the conversion of many peoples, whose chiefs or rulers had accepted the new faith on their behalf in a summary manner, that it would be absurd to suppose that any, general acquiescence in the new gospel immediately took place. Indeed, the old beliefs lurked in many neighbourhoods, and even a renaissance of some of them occurred in more than one area. Lewis Spence, British Fairy Origins
84,437. Under the Roman Empire, barbarians were the rural trash of their day. The word ‘pagan’ is derived from the Latin pagus, meaning ‘country’, and Romans used it disparagingly to describe country dwellers. Likewise, ‘heathen’ originally meant those rural types who lived under cover of the heath. Both ‘pagan’ and ‘heathen’ are thus ancient verbal ancestors of ‘hillbilly’. Jim Goad
84,438. The Christian fear of the pagan outlook has damaged the whole consciousness of man. D H Lawrence
84,439. There is something pagan in me that I cannot shake off. In short, I deny nothing, but doubt everything. Lord Byron
84,440. I’ve found a more personal, pagan kind of religion to satisfy the spiritual side of things. Julian Clary
84,441. The inference to be drawn from all this is, that the made-up and dogmatic Christianity of the Constantinian period is simply an offspring of the numerous conflicting sects, half-castes themselves, born of Pagan parents. Each of these could claim representatives converted to the so-called orthodox body of Christians. And, as every newly-born dogma had to be carried out by the majority of votes, every sect colored the main substance with its own hue, till the moment when the emperor enforced this revealed olla-podrida, of which he evidently did not himself understand a word, upon an unwilling world as the religion of Christ. Wearied in the vain attempt to sound this fathomless bog of international speculations, unable to appreciate a religion based on the pure spirituality of an ideal conception, Christendom gave itself up to the adoration of brutal force as represented by a Church backed up by Constantine. Since then, among the thousand rites, dogmas, and ceremonies copied from Paganism, the Church can claim but one invention as thoroughly original with her – namely, the doctrine of eternal damnation, and one custom, that of the anathema. Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Isis Unveiled II: VII
84,442. I’ve always considered myself a pagan. Timothy Leary
90,294. Officially we Britons have been Christian for more than fifteen hundred years. But scratch the surface and you'll find our ancestors believed in far more than Christ and the Cross. Pagan gods, witches, demons, evil spirits, were all proclaimed as terrifying fact. (Superstition & Pagan) Tony Robinson’s Superstitions, National Geographic 2014
90,295. Fairies: for our forefathers they were spirits ... but with amazing abilities ... They could even disguise themselves as human. (Superstition & Pagan & Fairy) ibid.
90,296. The most terrifying of these were demons. There were violent, malicious and extremely dangerous. (Superstition & Pagan & Demon) ibid.
90,297. Once a demon was inside, what would happen to you? ... Only one cure: physically forcing it out. (Superstition & Pagan & Demon) ibid.
90,298. For them, fairies could be objects of terror. (Superstition & Pagan & Fairy) ibid.
90,299. I’m investigating why our ancestors once lived in terror of witches. (Superstition & Witch & Pagan) Tony Robinson's Superstitions II: Witches
90,300. Witches were believed to combine forces at diobolic meetings ... known as Witches' Sabbaths. (Superstition & Witch & Pagan) ibid.