Hi Mary Rose I am a sixteen year old girl who lives in a very small town anda religious house where I go to church every Wednesday and Sunday and wealways pray over our meals and my father is a leader in the church I waswondering if you clear up my confusion if Goth is religion therefore itwould be sac religious for me to be looking into dressing Goth anddecorating my room gothic I'm not sure if I am very much into Goth I do likethe casual Goth outfits and the like so I'm very confused about what Ishould do please write me back with some advice :)
-eagerly awaiting your response
Simply put, the answer is no. Goth is not a religion,Goth is a style of dress, a type of music, and a subculture for people who enjoy those things together, and there are Goths of every major religion. As long as you're not openly antagonistic, you're likely to meet and make friends with Christian Goths, Muslim Goths, Jewish Goths, Pagan Goths, non-religious Goths, and more.
I don't want to generalize too much about your family and home town but you might face some raised eyebrows because the media tends to wrongly associate Goth with satanism/paganism/the occult, etc. You might want to read up on the history of the subculture, even a quick browsing through the Wikipedia page should help, which will give you something to respond with if they ask questions. If you keep up with other important things (going to church, maintaining good grades, minding your manners, etc.) then it's likely that the people around you will eventually get used to how you dress and not give you any more trouble.
I hope that helps!
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