What is it like to become pagan


pagan1 m. ‘Followers of a non-Christian religion’. The noun ahd.heidan (8th century), mhd.mnd.mnl.nl.heiden, aengl.hǣþen, engl.heathen and the adjectives ahd.heidan 'heathen', heidanisc (see below), asächs.hēðin ( cf. also the nouns hēðino next to hēðin man), mnl.heiden, anord.heiðinn follow got.haiþnō 'Heidin', the mark. 7, 26 Greek Hellēnís (Ἑλληνίς) ‘Hellenin, Greek’, hence Non-Jewess ’. You can see in the Gothic education that with the Gothic mission to Westgerm. arrives, a singularized borrowing from Greek (New Testament) tá éthnē (τὰ ἔθνη) ‘the pagans’ (actually ‘the peoples’). For this, as also for Greek ethnikós (ἐθνικός) gehör belonging to the (foreign) people, popular, pagan ’, late Greek. To accept aspiration, so that got.haiþn- arises, where got.ai must be regarded as a rendering (in loan words) of Greek.ε; See Seebold in: PBB (T) 93 (1971) 29 ff. One can also assume that got.haiþn- with got.haiþi field, field ’(see ↗Heide2 f.) and was understood as ‘belonging to the foreign (non-Christian) people, living on the free, undeveloped land’; see W. Schulze Kl. Schr. 517 ff. valid form heather occurs first md. in the 14th century, prevailed in the 16th century and referred to, especially in the language of the Bible, the non-Jews and non-Christians, in the Middle Ages and up to the 16th century especially also the Mohammedans, and more recently also the those who are remote from Christianity (cf. modern pagan). pagan adj. ‘concerning the pagans, according to their kind’, ahd.heidanisc (8th century), mhd.heidenisch. Paganism n. ‘Totality of pagans, pagan world and culture’, ahd.heidantuom (9th century), mhd.heidentuom. Since the 19th century, heathen, based on the idea of ​​the unbridled, terrifying, terrible (cf. Heidengeld n. 'Large amount of money', Heidenlärm m. 'Strong noise'