Christianity versus paganism and witchcraft

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In its early years Paganism and Christianity coexisted in harmony. In fact, many of the Christian traditions such as Easter and Christmas were established at the summer and winter solstices, coinciding with prominent festivals in ancient pagan traditions. The iconography of earlier beliefs was incorporated into Christianity and during Advent, Christ was compared to the sun as the light of the world, a clear example of the Apollonian attributes adapted to the current religion. In this episode we will delve into the subject from a historical and social context by the hand of our presenter Carla Sánchez.

Diana, we know from history that humans have always tended to impose their thoughts and power on other humans

He asked me if this has always been like this and above all I wonder if it will have to remain so

The name of Christ was imposed on a type of thoughts that resulted in innumerable outrages and martyrdoms

upon women

This has generated much, much, much suffering, a great wound that is still open

Those first years, paganism and christianity lived together in harmony

In fact many of the Christian traditions such as Easter and Christmas were established on the summer-winter solstices coinciding with prominent holidays of the ancient pagan traditions

The iconography of earlier beliefs was incorporated into Christianity and during Advent

Christ was compared to the sun as the light of the world, a clear example of the apollonian attributes adapted to the current religion

In the Roman world, pagan emperors and rulers with sympathies towards Christianity succeeded each other

When Constantine was rewarded for the victory, he was generous with the God that had been given to him, proscribing the beliefs and practices of the heathen

Christianity thus began to to be associated by the people to the old gods and demons and greater restrictions

This epoch constituted the beginning of the direct condemnation of the cult

idolatrous worship and practice of all aspects of magic, which at that time were a belief widespread

In 392, the emperor Theodosius ordered to close by decree the Eleusinian sanctuaries

As Christianity spread throughout rural Europe, the common people barely made any distinction between the account of Jesus and Mary and his own version of Mother Earth and her son

The two religions seemed to be compatible and the wisest were the center of authority in villages

as of old

Paganism had strong links with the love for the earth and all that lives in it, part of their traditions exercised in that direction

Since ancient times it is believed in two images that explained its way of existence, the earth goddess that engendered life in all its manifestations and the goat that experienced life and death, as hunter and hunted

However Christian morality continued to develop towards the division of the world into two antagonistic halves, Christians cultivating good and virtue to serve God, as opposed to pagans cultivating vices and depravity to serve the devil

All these idolatrous cults, pagan beliefs and practices such as sorcery, become outlawed to the dark side

The goat was identified as the incarnation of the devil himself, establishing battle lines that proved to be disastrous

consequences on our history

As long as paganism had social strength it coexisted in a tolerated form, but when the process of christianization was completed the social posture changed, implanting a moral code rigid, where there were straight and superior beliefs and sinister beliefs inferiors

The new order would bring consequences of incalculable adversity to women, who seemed to be more predestined to evil than men according to the biblical texts

Pagan practices become the religious enemy, which drove the inversion of the values that were promulgated

at the time, being accused of the most filthy acts and contrary to decency

As the centuries progressed, the church hardened its position and the condemnation was transformed into real persecution, a tool used in many cases to maintain order and reinforce its own authority

This generated in a direct way a disempowerment of women

and meant centuries of hardship for the female gender

The accusations of witchcraft have been an excellent instrument of the political elite

religious elite, in order to tame the people, insurgents and enemies

The most lurid tortures and assassinations against women and some men followed one another for centuries in a nonsense that is still hard to understand

By institutionalizing and exercising this power, a great corruption and degradation was generated in the people who represented it

Historical documents collected in different countries such as Germany, France, England, reveal the obsessive and perverse tendencies of many of the inquisitors who committed unimaginable aberrations and outrages, in the name of God and truth

The result is difficult to quantify, but different sources range from tens to hundreds of thousands of women executed all over Europe

If you look closely you will soon recognize that all those centuries of torture, abuse and contempt opened an enormous wound between the two sexes

A deep wound that has been passed on to families over time

A wound that is still present in many forms, especially in the unconscious

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