Saturday, September 10, 2005

True in Form or Spirit?

When attempting to reconstruct ritual, do you focus on form or spirit?

For instance, honoring Hestia was central to ancient Greek religion. This would mean, among other things, keeping the hearth fire alive. Now, some Recons keep a lamp or a candle going at all times, which I would see as being true in form. Keeping your kitchen clean and well stocked so that you can feed your family and guests could be one example of being true in spirit.

How do you balance things? Do you find one more important than the other?

While I expect that Recons will have the most to say about this, I'm interested in hearing other perspectives too.

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