Written from a Kemetic perspective, and incredibly well done. Another great response to the article can be found here.
What I would like to ask the pagan community on tumblr is this:
- If there is truly no chance of anyone ever reconstructing X ancient faith, then why do we have so much pre-tense on remaining historically accurate?
- And on the same note, what does the increasing prevalence of UPGs in the community mean for the development of our spirituality as a whole?
[speaking in broad terms – fully knowing of the variance in pagan deities]
Surely our Gods have developed since the ancient times, as we see this development everywhere in ancient texts. But if this is the case – and as a pagan culture we are not unified by an orthodoxy – how and where can we find common ground with other people of the same faith [or worship the same deity]? I’ve found that UPGs are vital for my own developing spiritual life, however I also feel that the same can be said for everyone yet we may each work with ‘different aspects’ of the same deity [if we both worship the same deity].
These are just some things that have been bothering me. Just read these articles today, so expect more posts as I develop my thoughts on this topic.
If there is truly no chance of anyone ever reconstructing X ancient faith, then why do we have so much pre-tense on remaining historically accurate?
For myself personally, I believe that history serves as a foundation. We need good foundations to build off of.
And on the same note, what does the increasing prevalence of UPGs in the community mean for the development of our spirituality as a whole?
I believe that its more related to people being more open about their UPG. I think UPG has been going on for-ev-er. But now people are talking about it.
I like equating all of this to fanfic, I really do. History is the “canon” of the religion. And some of us coming in are going to be making stuff that is really close to canon. ANd some of us are making some more.. AU stuff. And some are writing fanfic that includes new things. Some of us are going to agree, others are going to say “that character would never do THAT”. etc. And then you’ve got people who only keep the names the same- but place these Egyptian deities in the jungle where it rains every day and everyone shoots rainbows out of their asses and has an orgy every Tuesday… which is really far off of canon.
ANd there is friction from all of that. Some things are easier to accept than others. Some things make more sense once you’ve got the context, etc.
Lots of factors. KRT is actually discussing this this month- so give us two or three weeks and you’ll be able to read some stuff about it XD
As a Kemeitc and as someone who has written a great deal of fanfic in varous fandoms, I would have to say this is one of the most accurate summings-up (is that even a word?!) of what it is like in the #kemeticfandom
Ancient Civilization and How it Manifests Today