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Thread #20699   Message #216612
Posted By: Uncle_DaveO
23-Apr-00 - 03:00 PM
Thread Name: The Pagan Alternative. What's the music?
Subject: RE: The Pagan Alternative. What's the music?
"Pagan" is from the Latin "pagus", the countryside. Christianity was an urban religion in its infancy, and as it extended the urban-first and country-later nature continued. The term "pagan" referred to all those country folks who were dragging their feet about adopting the new urban religion.

The word "heathen" means the same. It comes from "heath", which could be glossed as "backwoods". It's just "those stubborn, backwards, recalcitrant, maybe evil hicks who won't recognize the obviousness of the great enlightenment we're spreading."

Dave Oesterreich