Originally Posted by coaster
Are Buddhists considered pagan? They're polytheistic aren't they? How does that fit in with paganism? It's a serious question....educate me.
Well, I don't know what defines paganism, so I'm not sure if Buddhists can fit into that category.
However, Buddhists are not polytheistic. There are no Gods in Buddhism. Buddha himself was not a God, nor was he a messenger of God(s) or chosen by God(s) in any way. He was born a human being, married, had a son but eventually set out to figure out how to overcome the suffering that all living things endure. According to Buddhism, he was the first to become enlightened and thus end his own suffering. Throughout history, many others have become enlightened. These are known as Boddhisatvas (not sure of the spelling on that one). These can be "worshiped" in a way, but they are not Gods.
To be fair, there might be some schools of Buddhism that consider Buddha and the Boddhisatvas as "Gods" of sorts, but if it is the case, the definition of "Gods" would be different from what most people would think.