Would you consider Hinduism and Buddhism to be Pagan religions?

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Just to make this clear: I mean no offense to any Hindus or Buddhists here on Y!A, I highly respect your beliefs. I am asking this to hear the opinions of Pagans on whether you see Hinduism and Buddhism as being Pagan or not any why.
I have heard different theories on this, and therefore am asking here to see what people think.

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Well paganism is just a non-christian religion so yes


If you can’t do any good at least don’t do any bad.


Hinduism, most definitely. Buddhism isn’t really a religion. It is more of a philosophical approach to life. It has no deities. Paganism involves worship of false gods.


If you’re asking Pagans, Pagans have no idea of what their religion even is. Those who lay claim to the Paganism of ancient Europe deny the human sacrifice of their own religion.
But no, I don’t think Buddhism or Hinduism are pagan. I think they fall into the category of mankind led astray from God, but they aren’t pagan.

dogpatch USA

not unless they are indigenous only to the more rural areas of their countries.


An adherent of a polytheistic religion in antiquity, especially when viewed in contrast to an adherent of a monotheistic religion.
2. A Neopagan.
3. Offensive
a. One who has no religion.
b. An adherent of a religion other than Judaism, Christianity, or Islam.
4. A hedonist.
The word “Pagan” is only offensive and derogatory to Christians. It is a word used to describe any and all non-believers of the Christian faith. It is a bit like a Jewish person referring to someone as “Goy.” It is not offensive. It simply means not a member of that faith. Inside the faith is is a horrible thing and when Christians are in power they kill people for it. But as long as the Christians have no real power there is not a problem with being a nonbeliever or a “Pagan.”

Clark Kent

I am a Buddhist, but I`ll let other judge my belief than me judging my own.


There are hundreds of different Pagan Religions. Some of the best known Pagan religions are Buddhism, Shintoism, Native American Religions, Hinduism, Taoism, Wicca, Druidism, Asatru, Shamanism, Neo-Paganism and Eclectic Paganism.
Many cultures have a blend of Christian and Pagan beliefs within their Christian Religions. Irish Catholicism, Mexican, Italian and South American Catholicism all have incorporated many Pagan beliefs and customs into their Christian faith. For example, the crowning of Mary on May Day is from the older Pagan custom of “Crowning the May Queen” as a representative of the Goddess.
Peace 🙂
P.S. I’m Buddhist.


I don’t tend to use the word Pagan to describe non-European or European diaspora religions, but not everyone uses that limitation on the term.
I don’t consider any non-European religion to be Pagan.
No one before our modern times considered themselves Pagan, so I don’t see the point in labeling groups more likely to see the term as an attack as “Pagan.”


Not at all. Religion frequently labels other beliefs as pagan even though they all were inspired by God.

Ymmo the Heathen

Only by the broadest dictionary definition of them “not being Christian, Jewish or Islamic”.
In any other way, no.
Nowadays the understanding of “pagan” means a polytheist belief, usually a reconstruction of European pre-christian beliefs.


‘Pagan’ just refers to a religion as polytheistic, or having more than one deity. They are usually old religions.
So I would count Hinduism as pagan, but not Buddhism.

Cliffnote's Verstion

To those who believe that Hinduism is polytheist, all the deities represent the same God, much like Christians believe the Trinity to be 3 different aspects of the same God.
So Hinduism is not polytheistic at all…I don’t know whether it’s Pagan…I find it pretty arrogant to have to classifications – your religion and others. Christianity and pagans…Muslims and infidels, your religion and other unimportant people…


What is the need for classifying or defining everything?


My own opinion on this:
Hinduism and Buddhism in my humble opinion, would classify as ‘Pagan’. Pagan religions are basically non-Abrahamic. I wouldn’t just class ‘pagan’ as being European, even if that word has European (Roman) origins, because the Canaanites, Phoenicians, Egyptians, Babylonians, Sumerians and pre-Islamic Arabs are often referred to as being ‘pagans’.
In short, I don’t believe ‘Paganism’ or ‘neo-Paganism’ to be a ‘religion’ as such, rather it is a term to describe various religions. So in my opinion:
Asatru- Norse paganism/heathenry (a lot of Asatruars refer to themselves as ‘heathen’ rather than ‘pagan’ because people often automatically equate ‘Pagan’ with ‘Wiccan’)
Druidry- Celtic paganism
Kemetism- Egyptian paganism
Religio Romana- Roman paganism
Hellenismos- Greek paganism
Vodou- West African/Yoruban paganism
Natib Qadish- Canaanite paganism
Confucianism- Chinese paganism
Shintoism- Japanese paganism
Hinduism- Indian paganism
In short, yes I believe they are ‘Pagan’, but paganism is not one religion, it summarises many, so two different ‘pagans’, for example a Hindu and a Kemetist, whilst having some things in common, would be very different from each other.
Pagan religions in the past were often polytheist, and so Hinduism does have many gods (even though they all comprise Brahman, which isn’t really a ‘personal God’ in the Abrahamic sense) like Indra, Varuna, Yama, Agni. This is because it is so ancient.


That really depends. Technically, the word “pagan” consumes anything that is not christian, judaism, or muslim. However, this meaning comes from the christians.
Many pagans will take parts of hindu ad buddhist religions and use them in their own pagan spirituality. In that sense, yes, Hinduism and Buddhism are pagan. But I think the best way to find the truth to this answer is to poll Hindu and Buddhist people.


Buddhism IS a religion!
Hindus and Buddhists are MONOTHEISTIC!


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