and a suggestion for new pagans
[Snip] Ancestors are a subject which come up often when you delve further into modern paganisms. It’s one area which a lot of pre-Christian religions place a great deal of focus. Without ancestors, none of us would be here right now. Even if you were adopted, even if you were conceived in vitro, even if someone from the future was reading this and you were grown in a vat, you were not created out of a vacuum. People who came before you had to supply the DNA for you to exist. Considering the amazing event life is, we really should be thanking our ancestors every day that we have the opportunity to experience it.
I think it’s a true tragedy that honoring ancestors is seen as primitive, or backwater, and not something worthwhile to do. We lose a link to our history when we try to leave behind where we came from. I also believe there is a deep need in people to KNOW their backgrounds, to know their roots. IF you don’t think this is true, think about genealogy and the popularity of the site ancestry.com. If people did not want to know their past, these sites and disciplines would not exist.