Friday, September 30, 2005

Reconstructionists and Priesthoods?

I have a question for the reconstructionists in the forum. Whether it's Celtic, Greek, or Egyptian, historical records indicate an established priestly caste that the common people relied on for their spiritual needs. Undoubtedly, there was the village wise person that could be called upon for assistance, but major religious observances were conducted by the temples.

That being the case, if it's an accurate discription, the people performed prayers, devotions, and offerings for themselves and their families. So when reconstructing these belief systems and ancient traditions, how do the reconstructionists go about creating a full, working belief system?

If working in a group, would you have members that performed as the priestly caste, and the rest as "lay people" so to speak? If working as a solitary, would you be a priest, or like the common person, performing small acts of devotion and offerings?

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