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Posted: Sep. 8, 2002
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Who Would Make Your Pagan/Heathen Who’s Who List?
If you were compiling the Pagan/Heathen equivalent of the famous ‘Who’s Who’ list of influential people, which Pagan or Heathen names would make it on your list? Why did you choose these people?
Which non-Pagans, but still people who are/were influential in some way to issues important to Pagans, should be on the list?
What qualities or accomplishments did you consider to be the most important in making your choices?
Finally, which people of your own acquaintance would make your private ‘most influential people in my life’ list?
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| Doreen Valiente ||Jan 18th. at 9:18:28 pm UTC|
|Sofia Turpin (Hampton VA) ||Age: 20 - Email |
I think this one should be obvious.
| The Early Ones ||Jan 19th. at 12:42:15 am UTC|
|Twilight Rising (indiana) ||Age: 17 - Email |
I think the most important people were the first pagans. The druid that looked up into the sky and, for the first time, saw the face of Danu. The Greek, seeking out wisdom, who found Apollo. The first shaman to journey into the lower worlds. The first person to ever just stop, and listen, and feel the presence of something greater than they were. These are who makes my who's who list. Starhawk, Garderner, Crowley, Wren, they would not be the same if it wasn't for those who came before them. As Newton, who was both an astrologer and an alchemist, said "If I have seen so far, it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants."
| Not Sure There Should Be A "whos Who" ||Jan 19th. at 9:44:37 am UTC|
|Trish Telesco (western ny) ||Age: 42 - Email - Web|
Per say. There are a lot of wonderful people out there that are only known to a few doing the work that NEEDS to be done -- not for recognition or praise, but for simple love of their faith and an honest desire to see neopaganism move forward. It is these people, in any era or time, to whom we owe a debt of gratitude. These souls are our foundations, or ever-sure cornerstones - they hold us firm in the storms and build us up in the sunshine.
Yes, there are many wonderful authors and artists who help educate the public about our beliefs, and I do not belittle their efforts. But IMO it's much tougher to be a "hero" when your efforts are unsung (and very frequently go without even so much as a thank you).
So I thank those people who have been behind the lines supporting, nurturing, and motivating us to be our best.
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