from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Relating to or existent or occurring in times prior to the Christian era: as, the prechristian system; prechristian speculations.
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Greek Hades, like the prechristian hell, seems to have been rather a dismal place than a, well, hellish one, Christian theology adding the specifically punitive element.
That prechristian hell would be miserably cold makes sense in regions where 'too cold' is more common than 'too hot.'
Brigit is easy, in some senses, as it is also the name of a patron saint of Ireland in addition to being the name of one of the primary gods in prechristian Ireland.
Gates 41 through 49 also contain an original confusion of the prechristian Qabalistic angelic orders with the 5th century Hierarchies of Pseudo-Dionysus. from Westcott's "Sepher Yetzirah", 1911ev, 3rd Ed. "The Fifty Gates of Intelligence."
Its use illustrates the adoption by the early Christians, as in the case of the tau-cross, of prechristian symbols.
What have been the consequences of this return to prechristian paganism which is now "the law of the land" in once Christian nations like the United States?