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Glossary of Wiccan, Neo-Pagan and Occult Terminology

TEUTONIC KNIGHTS

A German order of chivalry, which was formed at the time of the Crusades.   Its aim was to spread Christianity into the still pagan lands to the east of Prussia.   The order was open only to those of noble birth, and for centuries it exercised great power in what are now eastern Germany and Poland.   Their badge was the Jerusalem Cross, or cross-potent (with an additional cross-piece at the end of each arm).   Much semi-mystical legend has grown up around the order, which was abolished by Napoleon in 1809, and in a perverted manner its forms and supposed rituals were re-enacted by Nazi leaders such as Heinrich Himmler.

see also: NAZI MYSTICISM


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PLEASE NOTE:
One of the major problems with 'defining' Paganism and/or its beliefs and practices is that it is an 'organic' movement, in that it is undergoing constant change and re-evaluation from within, and as such any 'one-size-fits-all' approach to understanding Paganism will be found wanting.

Due to the very 'organic' nature of Paganism, and the many differing Paths and Traditions within it, in many cases no one definition may be universally accepted by all Pagans.   Therefore, where such cases of possible conflicting and/or contradictory meanings of certain terms occur I have endevoured to give not only the generally accepted meaning, but also any major 'variations' in belief and/or practice.

Christians who believe this difference in meaning of certain key terms, beliefs and practices to be unique to Paganism need to remember that such conflicts also arise within the Body of Christ - the Church.   Take for instance the differing practices amongst Christians concerning Baptism and the different attitudes towards women in the clergy.

- Jean-Luc



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