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« Reply #15: August 04, 2009, 11:16:27 pm »

I find my polytheism growing progressively harder as time goes by.

Why do you think that is? I ask because my exposure to recons has had me trending in the same direction over the last couple of years, but my reading of primary sources on how at least some of the religions being reconstructed appear to ave had a very soft form of polytheism. Now I'm a little confused :?
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« Reply #16: August 09, 2009, 12:18:48 am »

Why do you think that is? I ask because my exposure to recons has had me trending in the same direction over the last couple of years, but my reading of primary sources on how at least some of the religions being reconstructed appear to ave had a very soft form of polytheism. Now I'm a little confused :?
In my case, it's a combination of first being exposed to new ideas and doing more active work with deities - making offerings, editating, etc.

I was in the "all gods are one" camp for years, but was really enamoured of the individual personalities I'd learned about in the mythology.  So learning that hard polytheism was even an option still in practice opened a lot of doors for me.  Then actually "meeting" a couple of deities sealed it.
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« Reply #17: August 09, 2009, 12:41:25 am »

In my case, it's a combination of first being exposed to new ideas and doing more active work with deities - making offerings, editating, etc.

I was in the "all gods are one" camp for years, but was really enamoured of the individual personalities I'd learned about in the mythology.  So learning that hard polytheism was even an option still in practice opened a lot of doors for me.  Then actually "meeting" a couple of deities sealed it.


Thanks. I haven't sone any direct work with deities in many years and it has taken on an otherworldly aspect in memory.

I fall into the all deity is one camp, but only at the most abstract level. At the level of most deities that are worshipped I believe in a case-bay-case split between hard polytheism and a softer polytheism/pluralism. I believe that some deities are discrete aspects of manifest reality and that, while they may overlap with other deities (often quite a lot), they are separate beings. I believe that there are other deities that are known by different names in different times and places and that they may show quite a different face to their different believers and may accept quite different rites from them, yet they are still one and the same being.

I've only recently come to properly appreciate that there were times and places, when some of the polytheistic religions had more widespread and vital communities and were more-fully living religions, that tended to view other religions deities as just being the face one of their own showed over there.
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