vitality of community?

​Because I am focusing on worship rather than politics. ..I just want to drop a brief note about folks harping on getting involved in your local community as the be all of polytheistic or pagan worship and would like to insist that you are not doing it right if you aren’t involved in your local community here is a bug meh for you. While there is value in community worship, and certainly state cults and temples were a thing in Hellenic religion, the emphasis has always been on the oikos as being utterly important and necessary. I am sure this is likewise in many polytheistic religions. Getting together during festivals was wonderful but the majority of ones daily kharis shared with the gods was at your own family altar. This means that your gods and your worship was largely defined by…your family. It is not about what we as a widespread religious identity *agree* on. Worship together by general owrscripted guidelines if methodology does not mean we are all going to share the same domestic cultus or same relationship with the gods.  

Fact of the matter it was so individual to each family that when someone left their parental home to join another family (typical in the case if marriage but also likely applicable in case of adoption ) one was luteralky leaving ones family gods and modes of worship to adopt that of their new family. So those who say community is everything if we want our traditions to survive….not at all. Each house with children or “adopted” members into their family worship will continue it. It has zero dependency on an idea of agreement or public consensus.

Therefore those of us who are unable to join in public worship with the others by choice or design are not doing it wrong. Granted we know well the things we are missing out on. Trust me as someone who works graveyard and is stuck at home with the babies while my husband is at work during the day, there is a lot I miss out on. No weekend camping trips, no study groups, no temple visits on the one day the hindu temple is open here. Nada. And then there are those who have no co religionists to worship with who dont feel inclined to alter their religious tradition to make it more desirable by the public which is me in my Hellenic worship.

Yet my house is doing well with our family worship and that is life, vitality of our religious worship and the heart of our kharis with the gods. And online I have enjoyed sharing ideas and practice 🙂

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  1. Reblogged this on Gangleri's Grove and commented:
    I have always said that the heart of devotion begins at home, between the devotee and their Gods. Community might be where we come together to build tradition further, and celebrate our Gods, but in the end, the important work is always done alone.

    Read more at Lykeia’s site below:

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