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Posted By: Rick Fielding
23-Apr-00 - 03:24 PM
Thread Name: The Pagan Alternative. What's the music?
Subject: RE: The Pagan Alternative. What's the music?
OK "T", if you insist. Never knew I was "under it", but I'll get "over" it. So how'd that tune become so popular at events frequented by folks who call themselves "Pagans"?

Interesting stuff here. When I was growing up, the term "heathen" DID appear to mean someone who wasn't Christian, and I guess I first read the term "Pagan" in a book about "New Guinean Head-hunters". I've heard Kat (and a number of others) use it here to describe (what I thought was) a specific religion. Just wondered if it had "specific" roots and any history of songs, other than ones currently composed.

I've been to a couple of "Seders" in the last few years in which almost all the text was rewritten (to make it more "egalitarian") in the sixties or early seventies. Old AND Modern music was used. I've talked to Jewish people who find it completely valid, and those to whom it's a complete joke. I suspect that to someone rooted in tradition, the "non-sexist etc. Seder" would seem pretty "pagan".

Thanks for the feedback.