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Thread #80633   Message #1471625
Posted By: Haruo
26-Apr-05 - 04:30 PM
Thread Name: Folk artists who are pagan
Subject: RE: Folk artists who are pagan
Etymologically, both pagan and heathen mean "rural"; "pagan" is "of the country(side)", cognate with Italian "paisano" and less erudite English "peasant". Heathen, on the other hand, is from an Indo-European root meaning "forest, untilled land". Looks to me like this means "heathens" are less civilized than "pagans", though along a shared line leading away from us* urban believers.

*"us" here refers to the folks who coined the terms, not you and/or me