Religion

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Asuras and Devas

One of the more interesting questions in religious history is why there is a divide and reversal between the asuras and the devas. If you’ve made a serious study of religions this divide is old hat. If you haven’t heard of it until now, you can begin to see it easily and quickly just by…

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Ancestors and Personal Power

“In traditional East Asian forms of witchcraft and ceremonial magic, connection to your ancestral lineage hs always been expressed as kind of a requirement. Real talk, right? Historically and culturally, ancestors are always involved. . . . When you do anything at all, it’s got to be on behalf of your ancestors or in the…

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Pater Aeneas

Sum pius Aeneas, raptos qui ex hoste Penates classe veho mecum, fama super aethera notus. Italiam quaero patriam et genus ab Iove summo. [I am pious Aeneas, who carries my Penates, snatched from the enemy, in my fleet with me, known by my fame above the ether. I seek my fatherland, Italy, and a race…

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Traditional Adoption

There is ample evidence that European civilization has been invested in the idea of organizing kinship groups into patrilineages, time out of mind. The pattern is enshrined even in Proto-Indo-European and its descendant languages. With this in mind, I’ve been trying for many years to get a handle on how our ancestors thought about adoption….

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Home As Cult Place

I’ve been meaning to blog about this presentation by Luke Murphy for quite a while. It shifts the emphasis away from the grand public cults toward the localized household cult. I wish I could find a better link, but this seems to be the only option. Murphy, Luke John. “The Home as Cult Place in…

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Pagan Priesthoods

How do neo-pagans create priesthoods from nothing (ex nihilo)? I often talk to people who see this as an issue facing modern pagans. We don’t have an “apostolic succession” going back to the ancient priests. The interrupted transmission is a barrier to the legitimacy and credibility of pagan priests in modern times. Elsewhere, in some…

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Tribal Religions

One of the fundamental difficulties faced by neo-pagans is that one cannot reconstruct the homogeneous cultural experience in a diverse modern world. Where most of our pagan ancestors lived in communities so uniform they did not need words for race and religion, nor were their communities large enough to created notions of nationalism. They simply…

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We Did It to Ourselves

One of the most transparent lies white supremacists tell themselves is that Christians forced their religion on Europe. No. No, they didn’t. Everywhere across northern Europe, people looked at Rome, so rich and sophisticated, and decided they wanted some of that for themselves. Back then, if anyone was forcing you to become Christian, it was…