So it looks like I’ll be
drinking talking at this thing in New York this July:
In the ancient world, the idea of religion and religious structures and traditions were a lot different than the common conceptions most contemporary American Paganisms and Polytheisms have been supplying people with. Geographical diversities in religious practice, ritual technology and even foundational pantheon relations were great and varied in the ancient world, where religious structures were drawn from a close and intimate relationship with place, with specific lineages, with the spirits and of course with the gods and goddesses Themselves. Yet despite these emphatic variations, with complex customs and cross-overs and syncretisms woven between them — and indeed likely because of them — there were likewise emphatic structures to how all of these things unfolded. There was no “Pan-Hellenic” or “Pan-Celtic” big umbrella patterning of religion in the ancient world; rather, there existed specific regional, tribal, ethnic, and initiatory lineages and structures of theistic and ritual engagement. For contemporary expressions of Polytheisms to survive their current infancy in Western revival, an emphasis must be encouraged upon the acknowledgement of these variations, and the development of the structures that will contain them. By exploring, building and navigating such understandings, we as practitioners, dedicants, devotees and clergy can do more than merely claim title or social identity through them. Through disciplined individual and interrelated regional cult structures, we can indeed endeavor to see these things come enlivened in our worlds, newly cast from ancient mold and method in ways that fit into our post-post-modern frameworks.
Also, stay tuned for blog updates, now that I have an internet connection again!