Wessen Paganism, or simply Paganism, is the indigenous religion of Wessex and the Wessen People. Evolved from Anglo-Saxon Germanic Paganism, Wessen Paganism serves more as a source of mythology, worship and spirituality rather than a moral code of guidelines for life, however does have certain attributes that have influenced morals of followers. Wessen Paganism is also a major religious establishment in the former Wessen colony, Newfoundland.
Wessen Paganism is a polytheistic religion, based around the worship of deities known as the ese (singular os). In the past, there has been a belief in supernatural creatures inhabiting the region, including Dragons, Wyverns, Elves and Nicor, however in modern Wessen Paganism these are thought of more as a novelty. The belief system involves fate, or Wyrd. Pagans believe that everyone has their destiny mapped out for them by the ese, which includes inanimate objects. Pagan Worship usually takes place outside, in sacred areas, which may be Hills, Fields, Forests or bodies of water, however many people may keep a small shrine in their garden or in their home for worship if sacred places are inaccessable.
Wessen Paganism has a polytheistic pantheon. It is common for Pagans to dedicate their children to certain deities.
- Woden - Lord of Poetic Inspiration, compared to Mercury.
- Thunor - Lord of Thunder (synonymous with Thor).
- Tiw - God of War
- Jormen - God of Strength
- Wulthuz - Glorious One
- Fraja - God of Sky
- Modoran - Mother Earth, Goddess of Nature
- Frijo - Wife of Woden.
- Fraujo - Daughter of Modoran
- Fullo - Goddess of Riches and Plenty
- Wyrd - Fate, Goddess of Fate
- Sowilo - Goddess of the Sun
Ethics and Morality
One of the main conerstones of Paganism, is Do as you will, but do no harm, which is embedded deeply into both Pagan and Wessen society, linking to the Four Principles of the Commonwealth of Wessex. Mostly, Wessen Paganism does not present itself as a moral code for life, however with two exceptions;
- Do as you will, but do no harm
- Do not force your beliefs on others
Places of Worship
Approximately 30% of the population of Wessex state that they adhere to the Pagan Faith, however it is not known how many of these actually practice Paganism compared to those who do not practice, it is estimated the actual amount of pagan practicioners to be over 18% of the pagan population.
In Wessex Christianity is most prominent in urban areas, aswell as Kernowekshire, which has less than 5% pagan population. In many urban areas Christianity is the major religion, which is reflected in names, such as St Andrews, and St George. Most Wessen Pagans live in the counties of Wiltunshire, Somersetshire, Defnashire and Glawcestershire, according to the 2013 census.