Do People Think You're 'Odd' for Being Pagan?

@deeble (102)
January 16, 2007 7:38am CST
Do people think you'rea bit strange, for being pagan? Do they think you're into things like animal sacrifice, and other misconceptions? How to your family and friends feel about you being pagan? Do they accept you for who you are, or do they try to change you?
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@jricbt (1455)
• Brazil
16 Jan 07
Strange is not the word I would use. I feel unconfortable with the idea of animal sacrifice (if it is the truth), but since I have absolutely no contact with pagan people (don't know one single pagan) it is just a minor question for me.
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@deeble (102)
16 Jan 07
No, animal sacrifice is not the truth. It's just one of the many misconceptions people have about pagans. Thanks for replying :o)
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@jricbt (1455)
• Brazil
17 Jan 07
Good to know about the animal sacrifice (Itought it was a myth), so from now on, I classify pagans in the same group as other religious people, I respect and expect to be respected. side note : Since I live in a very strange country, from a religious point of view, is difficult to get right information about pagans, thanks for the clarification
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
18 Jan 07
I'd had some very negative reactions from people when I told them I was pagan before. I grew up in Kentucky, and my great-grandmother kept her religion (which I learned from her) very low-profile there. As I child I didn't understand why, so of course I ran around telling everyone what I believed. It didn't go over well at all, but as a whole I still prefer to let people know what I believe than not to. My great-grandmother has since passed on, and it has made contact with my family a little hard for me. She was the last of the pagans among them, and they tend to throw fits if I even mention religion to them. I tend to let it rest. The funniest reaction I ever got to my religion was probably about 4 years ago. I was the manager of a GNC store, and one of my employees went to church with a man my husband worked with. So my husband's coworker knew about my religion from my husband, and he asked me employee "What's it like working for a Satan worshipper?" At which point she came to me very confused, because she thought I was a very nice person and thus had assumed I was Christian. *sigh* So of course I had to explain that I don't believe in Satan and all that... but overall the whole thing was just a heck of a laugh. =p
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@deeble (102)
18 Jan 07
Well I suppose at least you got to set one person straight, on the satan worshipping thing! I think it's really sad that people believe the myths and untruths, without even bothering to find out the facts for themselves. So good on you for explaining it to someone! :o)
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@ESKARENA1 (18299)
16 Jan 07
blessed be, im a wiccan and have never had a negative reaction. Only very occasionaly some people think i might turn them into a frog, but letting them feel that way has its advantages
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@deeble (102)
16 Jan 07
Wouldn't it be great sometimes, if we actually could!! There's be quite a few frogs around here! ;op
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• United States
22 Jan 07
I don't think most people know I am pagan. I don't need to wear a flaming pentagram on my chest. They do think I'm odd though. I'm pretty sure the neighbors have noticed I never go to church. I'm sure they found it odd that I went all out with Halloween decorations, and didn't put up a single light for Christmas. My boyfriend teases people more at work. If they bring in stuff for Easter he might say he was going to boil a rabbit and make stew for Ostera.
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@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
16 Jan 07
My family is irrelivant (family in the legal sense) but my friends (who basically are my true family in my eyes) dont find it strange at all but many of them are very familiar with it and range in faith from Wiccan to Witches to N.Americans to Buddhists and so on....the circle of friends that I have are very diverse ppl so no its never been an issue. Besides I can honestly say I wouldnt really associate with anyone who had that sort of attitude, I just dont need the negativity in my life ya know....
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@AdalieM (1135)
• United States
13 Aug 11
Strange. I wish people would call me strange rather than a devil worshiper. My mother knows that I no longer have faith in the Catholic church. Despite the fact that she is a very religious woman, she understands me. My brother is a Mormon and I have great uncles that were into witchcraft, we have a little bit of everything. My family doesn't try to change me, but other people do especially Christians.
@xParanoiax (6998)
• United States
6 Feb 07
Haha lots of people think I'm odd BEFORE they find out I'm pagan. But yeah..they do. Loads of people..like from my town for instance. REAL fundementalist christians..they think I'm evil, that I drink people's blood, worship th devil..blah, blah, blah. The whole nine yards of crap like that. My family and friends accept me. Though my Dad thinks I'm strange and that I'm making a mistake with my life. They don't try to change me..but Dad keeps getting into religious and philosophical debates wih me.
4 Feb 07
I think strange is the wrong word, more like misunderstood. I remember having an argument with a friend when I was 16 because she thought pagan and satanist were one and the same thing until she went home did some research and apologised the next day. There are so many misconceptions regarding paganism and there are so many different paths within the 'faith' that it can be very confusing for people on the 'outside'. My family (parents) are both pagan though follow different paths and im still deciding which path to take so its quite nice to be able to discuss different aspects and explore concepts etc. I was happily surprised last year to find that a lecturer at my university is a pagan and she was doing a lecture for everyone about it and what it means to her, etc. Not many people turned up (unfortunate but not unexpected) but I thought it was great that the university was happy for the lecture to take place and im hoping this is a sign of things to come.