Meaning of Pagano

What is Pagano:

Pagan is one who does not belong to any of the monotheistic religions such as Islam, Christianity or Judaism. Pagan begins to be used in the 16th century by Christians to refer specifically to the Romans who believed in other gods.

Pagan derives from the late paganus, which referred to those who were not baptized, that is, those who did not belong to any institutionalized religion. Then the Christians use pagan, of Latin origin pagus, which means village, as an allusion to the resistance of the Roman and Greek rural environment to Christianization.

Read more about Islam, Christianity, and Judaism.

Currently, as a pagan it is called a set of beliefs of ancient traditions that are generally associated with the following concepts:

  • Polytheism: the belief in the existence of various gods organized in a pantheon or hierarchy,
  • Pantheism: philosophical doctrine that means that God is everything. The universe, nature and God are the same and equivalent.
  • Animism: beliefs that different spirits inhabit animate and inanimate objects. It also refers to the philosophy that encompasses various religions.
  • Paganism is synonymous with ancient religion or ancient tradition, which dates back to the creation of the first funeral rites that test the consciousness of an afterlife.

See also Polytheism.

Paganism, being very ancient, had great influences, especially in the early Christian era, as shown by its initial divisions into Pagan Gnosticism and Christian Gnosticism.

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