Post by Mystical Journey on Jan 5, 2012 19:46:16 GMT -8
Here is a list... don't let it overwhem you though.. These things usually just come to you, you find what fits you eventually... and many are just eclectic. It's really not important when you come right down to it.. you will find your path. World religions: There are many, long established, major world religions, each with over three million followers. We have shown the five largest North American religions in bold: Baha'i Faith
Christianity; Christian groups, denominations and families (Amish to The Way)
Confucianism [Actually, this religion has no formal symbol. But this one is sometimes used unofficially] Hinduism
Neopagan religious faiths: 1 Neopagan faiths are modern-day reconstructions of ancient Pagan religions from various countries and eras. They experience a high but diminishing level of discrimination and persecution in North America. They were once rarely practiced in public for reasons of safety. This is rapidly changing for the better. Ásatrú (Norse Paganism)
Notes: Many followers of Asatru regard themselves as "Heathens" rather than "Neopagans. " Many followers of these religions refer to themselves as "Pagans." We use the term "Neopagan" because it is less ambiguous. "Pagan" has a variety of unrelated meanings. Other organized religions: These are smaller religions, with a well defined belief in deity, humanity and the rest of the universe. Of the many hundreds of faith groups in the world, we have chosen these because of their historical significance, or because of the massive amount of misinformation that has been spread about them in North America: Caodaism
Elian Gonzalez religious movement
Hare Krishna - ISKCON
Ifa, the religion of the Yoruba people of West Africa
Native American Spirituality
Rom, Roma, Romani, Rroma, (a.k.a. Gypsies)
Santeria Elian Gonzalez religious movement
Satanism; The Church of Satan
The Creativity Movement (formerly called World Church of the Creator)
There are also Neo-Pagan branches of Kemetic (Egyptian) and Hellenic (Greek) paths. I would actually not place gnosticism under the pagan branch, although there are a fair few agnostic folks mingling with the pagans. There are also pantheists and panentheists who don't really follow a set path in paganism itself.
Okay...now I'm a little confused. I've never really thought of this list as "paths". They have always been referred to as religions, or faiths. My concept of path was a following of different Neo-Pagan, or Wiccan ideas. Is this a misconception on my part?
Post by Mystical Journey on Jan 6, 2012 10:09:55 GMT -8
Your "path" can be anything... it's the way you choose to live your life. Religions... Spiritual paths, or some think they have no path at all.. which of course is not true... Even standing still is a path, lol..
2: a track specially constructed for a particular use
3 a: course, route b: a way of life, conduct, or thought
a: the continuous series of positions or configurations that can be assumed in any motion or process of change by a moving or varying system
b: a sequence of arcs in a network that can be traced continuously without retracing any arc
Examples of PATH
We followed a winding path through the woods. The path led down the hill. The car skidded into the path of an oncoming truck. The fire destroyed everything in its path. The cars moved aside to clear a path for the ambulance. He tried to leave but one of the guards blocked his path. They are heading down a dangerous path that could lead to war.
Origin of PATH
Middle English, from Old English pæth; akin to Old High German pfad path First Known Use: before 12th century