Having spent my life on one side of the Atlantic or the other, I feel like I’m able to walk between both ‘worlds’ of Paganism and Polytheism, when it comes to American and European perspectives. Although I do not agree entirely with either perspective (nor do I disagree entirely – I prefer to adopt what I feel represents the best of both in my own perspective and practice), I feel like this post by Helio is as well thought-out as it is well written; and deserves to be read and considered by Pagans and Polytheists regardless of geography. I think the ‘divide’ that many, not just Helio, observe is to some extent necessary – as Helio wisely points out, cultural, political, and other circumstances simply tend to be different, depending on which side of the Atlantic one resides in. Neither perspective is better than the other, both fit and serve the cultures in which they are found as best they can – and both are in a process of growing and evolving. The mistake that I see is in assuming that the divide makes one side better than the other – this is not the case, and this assumption makes it difficult for both sides to benefit from one another.
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