What does “Catholic-Pagan” mean?

Question by ESL: What does “Catholic-Pagan” mean?
II’m reading a history of Bolivia… and it says…

“Cotacawana. It’s a place near the lake. When the Spaniards came they took advantage of it. Since then the Catholic faith is Catholic-Pagan. It still maintains the native traditions”

What does “Catholic-Pagan” mean?

Is it “Catholic is taken as Pagan” OR
“there are Catholic AND native traditions(as pegan) “?

Please help me with this?

Best answer:

Answer by DemoDicky
have heard scraps about it, but apparently it takes in Mary as a goddess figure, Jesus/God/Holy Ghost as god figure, and Saints as minor deities.

There are people who honor the divine presence everywhere, since God is omnipotent, and consider themselves Catholics, like Mathew Fox/Creation Spirituality. Also, Catholic doctrine holds that the Holy Spirit is sevenfold, including Wisdom.

Also, some Wiccans believe the diety itself is basically BEYOND the God and Goddess, Lord and Lady, and that the Lord and Lady and various spirits are not the One transcendent Diety, but that the Lord and Lady are two aspects of that one, all together forming three divine principles. As such, some honor Sophia as the Holy Spirit or honor the Holy Sirit as a female aspect of diety. Jesus then is still the Son. The Father can be seen as transcending sex, a Prior Source.

Many Protestants seem to think that praying to anyone but God is idolatry, and seem to identify prayer to saints with praying to gods, and worship, etc. But so long as one places emphasis on the One beyond all, we talk to people and don’t consider it prayer, we respect our friends and don’t consider that worship or idolatry.

Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!

2 thoughts on “What does “Catholic-Pagan” mean?

  1. The short answer to your questions are both “yes”. But let me explain. The Catholic church, by the time Spain became the world leader in exploration (and aggression) had a long history of assimilating pagan cultures it encountered. There are two ways to conquere a people – try to totally wipe out a culture & replace it with a new one (ie peoples brought from the African continent as slaves had evert shred of their culture erased & criminalized), or somehow try to meld the two together, and convince the people that the new culture/religion/government is just an extension or progression of what they have already been doing/practicing.

    By the middle ages many of the rituals & symbols being used by the Catholic church can be easily traced back to the pagan (and by that I mean mostly polytheistic cultures, not the negative association many have with the word “pagan” today) gods & goddesses of cultures that were overtaken in vast, worldwide campaigns by various European governments.

    From the quote you gave, I take it to mean that the Spaniards identified the traditions/beliefs already in place, and worked it into how they explained Catholism to the people.

    Does that help?

  2. catholic and pagan are two very opposing religious beliefs, mainly in that Catholicism, i.e, Christianity, is a monolithic faith (one god). paganism revolves around the belief in several “natural gods”. sorry, that’s the best help I can be. Good Luck.

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