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Reconciling Reconstructionism

By Amalasuntha

If, like Tiro and I, you’re a reconstructionist, we have a discussion point for you. Actually it’s not one exclusively for reconstructionists, but it’s perhaps most relevant to them. Chances are that your gods once walked this world and were a daily part of ordinary lives. Back then, certain values and practices were accepted and encouraged as the proper and right way to conduct yourself. As a reconstructionist, you will probably try to emulate that style of living, and reflect those values as closely as you can.

For example, the ancient Norse put great store in the ultimate goal of an honourable death in battle, which they hoped would ensure that they came to the favourable attention of Odin All-Father. There are relatively few opportunities for such an end in the modern world, and society would likely frown at someone who expressed an ambition like that. The Egyptians would be called to account when Ma’at, the Goddess of Justice, weighed their heart against a feather. If the heart was lighter, indicating purity, the dead spirit was permitted into the Duat, the Field of Reeds; and there’s the innards-in-bottles thing from the Book of the Dead: not the sort of thing your modern undertaker would likely entertain. The Romans followed a strictly prescribed religious practice, ordained by the state and supervised by a complex network of priests and temples. In particular, the latter revolved around sacrifice to the gods – mostly blood sacrifice of animals; which is a little tricky in modern western society…

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