Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Reconstruction vs Modern Reality

How much change is allowed when adapting actual rituals and practices to the modern world will always generate an argument in a group of reconstructionists. Most agree that things that are illegal (human sacrifice) or generally considered wrong (treating women like chattel) have to go, but how far should one go to make one's reconstruction fit the modern world?

For example, what if the historical record shows that the vast majority of the time a ritual wass done via method A. While not illegal or questionable, method A would certainly not be socially acceptable today. Method B was used to a much lesser extent by the ancients (and was probably not the "mainstream" way of doing the ritual), but it would be much more acceptable to modern society. Which method do you think should be used and why?

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