"I was taught by my Welsh grandmother,
who is descended from an unbroken line of Druids."
"I practice the faith of the Inca exactly
as it was observed hundreds of years ago."
We've all encountered it. Whether in a book, on the Internet,
or in person, there's always someone willing to make claims like the above.
Whenever I encounter this person, my first, gut response is always the
I especially dislike these claims (and despise
the patently false ones) because they assume that I, as a fellow Pagan,
can be easily had. Although it would be nice to think that pre-Christian
faiths (especially those of Europe, which were hit hardest) have survived intact into the present
day, the chances that it actually happened are slim to nil.