Reading this particular article has got me to thinking about my identity as a Pagan and as a social creature. Who am I, how do I identify as a woman, as a Pagan, as a wife and mother, and as a part of a greater whole with others.
One of the things which I admire (and yes, am a bit envious of) is the strong cultural connection people have when they are part of other religious groups. Orthodox Jews, Muslims, Hindus – they have one thing in common (amongst all the rest but I’m not looking at that today). Each contains within it a history of traditions, customs, and a social identity that extends beyond the religion itself.
Many pagans, on the other hand, tend to strive against these bonding social identifiers, working instead to forge identities as individuals. It is not for nothing that so many Pagans are seen as being anarchists, going against the social norms.
As I get older, I am becoming more outspoken in stating that this is not who or what I am as a Pagan Woman.
I need something to connect me to others though, to say to the world and to myself “THIS is who I am!” And the first outward sign we have to identify who the members of a social group might be, their beliefs and values, is via the clothes they wear. Women from so many different faiths wear coverings over their hair, for a variety of reason. Muslim women, Jewish women, Mennonite and Amish women. Once a Catholic woman would not have dreamed of entering a church without covering her head, something you still see with older Italian Catholic women.As I find myself focusing more and more on this spiritual and religious side of Paganism, I find that I too want this social identity with other Pagan women. And I may have found it.
Through reading the above linked story at Pantheos about Pagan women wearing veils or head coverings, I have discovered a whole new (to me) Pagan idea – Modest Pagans!
I now want to explore these ideas further, so if you know of any good links with information feel free to add them in the comments section.
- I am a Pagan Woman (writingsofapaganwitch.wordpress.com)
- D is for Dress (mode of, the dreaded part 2): the Pagan Blog Project (wytchofthenorth.wordpress.com)
- With All Due Modesty
- Marriage, The Veil, and Other Unimportant Things (hellenicpolytheist.wordpress.com)