The Dongola Times

(Anachronistic) Dispatches from the Kingdom of Makuria.
13th of October, 2013

The New “Superstitio”

The word “superstition” comes from the Latin “superstitio” (lacking the terminal ‘n’). In the times when Christianity was born, this word “superstitio” was used for all belief systems that were not the official cult of the gods. Only for the official cult of the gods was the title preserved “religio”, as in “religion.” As such, when it was just a few decades old, Pliny 2.0 recorded that Christianity was “an absurd and extravagant ‘superstitio’.” Not a “religio”. As they say:

The French word, together with its Romance cognates (Italian superstizione, Spanish supersticion, Portuguese superstição, Catalan superstició) continues Latin superstitio. From its first use in the Classical Latin of Livy and Ovid (1st century BC), the term is used in the pejorative sense it still holds today, of an excessive fear of the gods or unreasonable religious belief, as opposed to religio, the proper, reasonable awe of the gods.

Once again, we are where the Truth is being examined, but is not awarded the hallowed title of “religion”. Interesting things are coming up for us. In our days, the Truth is called a “conspiracy theory” or “mass hysteria” along with other things that are similar to it but are not the same. In the case of Jesus’ crucifixion, it was first labelled a conspiracy theory (onetwothree), and then, by the days of Pliny 2.0, it had morphed into a mass hysteria (that superstitio they spoke of).