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pre-Chris·tian

(prē-krĭs′chən)
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or being the time before the beginning of the Christian era.
2. Of, relating to, or being the time in the history of a people or region before its conversion to Christianity or the beginning of Christian influence on it.

pre-Christian

adj
(Historical Terms) of or referring to the period of history prior to the establishment of Christianity

pre-Chris•tian

(priˈkrɪs tʃən)

adj.
of, pertaining to, or belonging to a time or period before the Christian Era.
[1820–30]
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Adj.1.pre-Christian - of or relating to or being the time before the beginning of the Christian era
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pre-Christian

[priːˈkrɪstʃən] ADJprecristiano

pre-Christian

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WHEN IT GETS COLD In pre-Christian times, branches were brought into homes as they were believed to provide warmth for nature spirits.
Pagan Magic of the Northern Tradition: Customs, Rites, and Ceremonies discusses magic in pre-Christian societies of Northern Europe, and how people believed in magic because it not only seemed to explain how the world worked, but it was part of their daily lives.
Celebrating midsummer is a pre-Christian rite, which traditionally involved lighting bonfires to ward off the evil spirits.
Some European nationalists believed that cremation was a vital part of their pre-Christian heritage.
Holly, ivy and other greenery (eg mistletoe) were originally used in pre-Christian times to celebrate the Winter Solstice Festival, repel evil spirits and celebrate new growth.
Others may look it up and learn that a demiurge, in some pre-Christian cosmologies, was a kind of subordinate divinity Context is crucial, and the philosophers who speculated about demiurges were the heirs of polytheists.
Objective: The project "Islands in the West" will present the first systematic study of the mythical islands of pre-Christian Europe: in a number of disciplines ranging from Scandinavian Studies to Classics, it has repeatedly been remarked that the mythological islands of Europe show striking similarities which might reflect far-reaching cultural contacts.
Witchcraft or Wicca, the ancient, pre-Christian nature-based indigenous religion of Europe and the Middle East, and its sister earth-based Pagan traditions are among the fastest growing religions in the U.
Pre-Christian inhabitants of Wales are believed to have looked at trees and inanimate objects such as rocks as possessing their own spiritual essence or soul, she said.
The pre-Christian druids thought the world was alive and had its own spirit or soul.
Kyrie Eleison (Greek for "Lord have mercy"; the Latin transliteration supposes a pronunciation as in Modern Greek) is a very old, even pre-Christian, expression used constantly in all Christian liturgies.
All layers of Syrian culture are now under attack -- including pre-Christian, Christian and Muslim.