Paganism Among Teenagers: Why Is It So Common?
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Paganism is so common among teenagers these days, especially among the girls who want attention. Why do they convert to paganism because of that? I, as a teenager myself, can’t find the reason for it.
Now let’s take this to a more general level. Why do teenagers convert to paganism?
Some say that it’s because they want attention, others because they do believe in the pagan religion, and there is the final group who only wants to annoy their parents.
Let’s start the essay with the first group, probably the most common one.
To analyze this group (Let’s call them “scenes” to make things easier), we must know what most of it is made off. At least in my region, it's girls... girls that range from 12-16 years old. Now let’s move on to the motives… The hard part! Or not so hard; it just needs a little bit of thinking.
Maybe the readers already caught the motive because I already let drop the motive in the fourth paragraph. (You looked above to see it, didn’t you?)
Attention. How do they get attention? Honestly that’s the easiest part to realize.
In this close-minded society that we live in, it’s easy to have attention if you are a pagan. And attention from your parents? Wow… It’s like doubled.
If your parents are closed-minded and religious, they will try to convert you (giving you more attention!). If they are comprehensive, they will accept it and ask you what your motive was (also more attention). Of course, they could also be religion-fanatics and try to exorcise you… but you will always have more attention!
The second group (a nickname for them… What about, believers?) is mainly made of teenagers (both genders) between the ages of 14 and 18. The motives for this grouping is harder to explain.
It’s the same reason people join any other religion: To fill an empty in their souls, to think that there is something greater that this miserable life, to feel good. Just ask them the motive and I bet you will have a million of different answers.
The third group (maybe “annoyers”?) is like the ‘scenes’ and is mostly made of people that range from 12-16. But there is a great difference, the gender. This one is made up mostly of boys.
The motive here is just to annoy their parents. How? Heck, it only works if your parents are closed-minds and religious or atheists. If they are religious, they will punish you for “blasphemy”. If they are atheists, you will probably be labeled witch. (In both cases, they are annoyed, but for the first one they need to be really closed-minded…)
The motive why the annoyers do this is unknown to me. Or any real pagan I know.
At this point of the essay, I remembered a fourth group; a rare one but I remembered it. They are entitled “social pagans”. Hey look! It’s a two words name!
You may be thinking “Wait, who did what, in the where when?”
I was thinking just that when someone first told me about social pagans. Let me explain them to you: Social pagans are mostly teenagers who are pagans to be included in a group. Of course, that the group also has some guilt.
The general pagan philosophy tells us to accept everyone in our minds. In the coven meetings, it is a different thing. The social pagan may want to assist the meeting, but the coven won’t let him/her. That’s their right. The meeting is a spiritual thing and if they don’t want an outsider to watch, who could blame them?
The social pagan, of course, converts to paganism to watch the meeting. Most real pagans I know started in this group. They felt good and spiritually accomplished in the meeting, so they converted entirely to paganism.
So how does paganism spreads among most of teenagers?
In my town it all started when a Wiccan girl appeared.
Everyone called her Goth, because she wore black and used a pentagram as a necklace. Of course, a small group of Goths quickly gathered around her. But from that group, she was the only one to wear a pentagram. So I went to talk to her.
The conversation was something along these lines (Note: The W stands for Wiccan.):
Me (D): Hi, are you really a Goth?
Her (W): No, I’m a Wiccan.
D: A what?
W: Nobody knows what’s Wicca here?
D: Isn’t it some kind of witchcraft?
W: Sort off. Wicca is a religion. It has connections to witchcraft, that’s true. But it’s not witchcraft!
D: And in what gods do you believe?
W: In the Goddess and in a male god.
D: And what does the pentagram represent? Isn’t it like a devil worshipper symbol? (At that point she almost slapped me.)
W: It represents the four great elements, Spirit, protection and the All.
D: The All? You lost me there.
W: It’s represented by the circle, the unification of everything, the never-ending cycle.
That’s when I started to research wizardry. (It’s like Wicca except for the religion part, so it suits me perfectly.)
Quickly we spread paganism among our friends. Some converted; others got annoyed.
It usually starts like that. Someone who is different appears and spreads the word among friends.
She talked about Wicca. I talked about wizardry.
Some months later, she left town… One of the few times I got really sad over someone leaving. With no one else who was pagan in my class, I couldn’t discuss spells with someone anymore.
But then I found out that at least three of my friends were deists (just like me) and we started a group to discuss supernatural. Then I talked about wizardry (and at the same time came out of the broom-closet) and one wanted to learn it. That’s how my coven was born.
That’s how it goes: Someone different appears and converts one person who is much respected and that second person converts others. It’s like the Fibonacci sequence.
Only one thing more is left: Why is it so fascinating?
Teens are used to the three monotheistic religions in the world, so when they find out about paganism, they are fascinated.
“Instead of loving a ‘god’, they love Nature…” is our first thought upon discovering paganism.
Quickly, we come to think that paganism contains more natural logic and commonsense than the monotheistic religions do.
After all, Nature is all around us. Nature is everywhere.
Why love a ‘god’ who doesn’t appear to all of his/her believers?
My exact thought when I converted to deism.
With thanks in advance for reading,
Daniel “Wiseraven” Nunes
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