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Author Topic: How Reformed is too Reformed?  (Read 5057 times)
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Religion: Kemetic AUJIK Pagan (only half kidding about the AUJIK)
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« Topic Start: November 14, 2008, 03:29:11 am »

I know I am not a full Reconstructionist anymore; that I may (very likely) never have been.  But I have to wonder if I even fit in the category of ‘reformed kemeticism’. I don’t really know if I’m phrasing this question right, but, what I’m trying to ask is…how far is too far for ‘reformation’ before we are talking about eclecticism instead? I don’t know how else to do this, so I just briefly itemized what I believe:

I use academic sources as my main source of inspiration (about 80% of the time), but not my exclusive source (there is that other 20%). I have no intention to ‘recreate’ an ancient faith; I only seek to build a modern faith on the foundations of the former. I worship the Netjer exclusively but also believe that other pantheons and gods exist. I believe in the duty to uphold the principles of Ma’at and honor the scared nature of community (even if I sometimes disagree vehemently with that community). I do not recognize any one nisut and believe that the job of bridging the two worlds can be accomplished by any individual who is dedicated enough to the task and deeply in touch with the Netjer. I deviate from ancient Egyptian beliefs about afterlife, incorporating a kemeticized version of reincarnation. I believe in the sacred power and magic in language, words, and names. I also believe in the use of talismans to work magic and allow other forms of magic, sometimes modern ones, to blip on my radar when considering options for workings. I believe in a soul with multiple ‘parts’ (Ba, Ka, Ren, etc…). I don’t follow the festival calendar strictly, other than a few major festivals, but I honor local festivals, traditions, and holidays as if they were part of my faith because (as mentioned above) I believe community is sacred. I purify and cleanse myself before prayer and I make offerings.

In general, I have a lot of Kemetic underpinnings to my faith, but is that enough? Can I be considered ‘reformed’? Or am I too ‘out there’ for that?  (Or am I too incoherent this late at night to be making any sense at all?)

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