Myths Essay

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Good evening, and thank you all for joining me here for our last lecture together. Tonight, we are going to go over mythology’s impact on a particular group, and how that myth has helped to shape this group’s believes and foundation. The group that I will be profiling for you tonight is the Wiccans. The Wiccan religion is loosely based on ancient Celtic paganism. Wicca incorporates Celtic beliefs in several ways, but perhaps one of the most noticeable is Wicca’s Sabbats, which exactly mirror the eight festivals of the Celts. Those Sabbats/Festivals are as follows: Mabon, which is the vernal Equinox; Lughnasadh, which celebrates the God of Light; Imbolc, which celebrates Brigid and marks the beginning of Spring; Samhain,, which marks the end of Summer; Beltaine, which also celebrates spring, but rather than focusing on the agrarian aspects as does Imbolc, Beltaine focused on the fertility aspects of spring; Ostara, which is one of the lesser spring festivals; Yule, the winter solstice and Litha, the winter solstice. Whew, ok let’s take a breath! Hopefully everyone was able to keep up with that list. The purposes of the majority of those festivals/sabbats are centered on earth and fertility renewal. As I continue on tonight, you will see that renewing the earth and doing good is a common tenet of the Wiccan religion. Wiccan beliefs center on positive thoughts and actions, and are considered to be “white witchery”. Wiccans primarily worship the Goddess, or the divine. They believe that the Divine is present in all things. Belief in their Goddess causes Wiccans to believe that there is much more in all things then can be seen or touched. Now it may already be apparent to you all, but I would like to draw the obvious comparison for you between the development and practice of the Wiccan religion, and the mythology of Christianity. Before anyone can interrupt, I will

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