World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Wiccaning

Article Id: WHEBN0007418374
Reproduction Date:

Title: Wiccaning  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Wicca, Contemporary witchcraft, A Community of Witches, Fivefold kiss, Summoner (Wicca)
Collection: Wicca, Wiccan Terminology
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Publication
Date:
 

Wiccaning

A Wiccaning or Paganing is a Neopagan ritual analogous to the christening or baptism of an infant.[1] Specific groups may have alternate names for this rite.

In accordance with the importance put on free will in Neopagan traditions, infants are not necessarily expected to choose a Pagan path for themselves when they grow older. The ceremony, like its Christian equivalent, is focused on the parents' beliefs and the family's communal commitment to look after the child.[2][3]

Rites

A Wiccaning can take many forms, drawn from older pagan traditions, folklore, and the more modern beliefs of the individuals involved. In most the central event is the presentation of the infant to a God and Goddess usually through being held up by its Mother, a High Priest, and/or High Priestess in sight of the sky.[1]

Other aspects of the ritual may include sprinkling silvered water on the infant's forehead as part of a saining (Scottish rite for blessing and consecrating)[4] or passing the child over a fire.[4]

References

  1. ^ a b Garber, Kathleen (1997) "Wiccaning/Paganing"
  2. ^ About.com Naming ceremony
  3. ^ E-Cauldron – Wiccaning
  4. ^ a b Ellison, Skip "Naming and Saining the Baby"


This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 


Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.