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Unpacking Piety

Do ut des means “I give so that you may give.” It is one of the defining points of Roman polytheism, and it is the most important. It is in these 3 Latin words that we can lay out how the Romans viewed their Gods. It is in these 3 Latin words that we can lay out a different approach than what we likely grew up with in regard to relationships with the Gods and society as a whole.

Ask someone in the Pagan community about Roman polytheism and you will regularly hear that it was contractual to the point of lifelessness. Actually, ask a lot of Roman polytheists the same, and they will repeat that statement as well, preferring to take the outdated tone of early scholars of the Roman religion, who regularly were Christian and carrying on a long tradition of upholding their perceived superiority through biased writing and opinion.

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Piety and Distance

My shrine is gathering dust right now.  

My regular practice has been on hold for weeks, when a combination of life factors (including a series of shootings in my neighborhood) conspired to knock me off-balance in ways that initially manifested as severe anxiety and significant social withdrawal, and has so far resolved into a combination of fragile self-maintenance and insomnia.  

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  • Ci Cyfarth
    Ci Cyfarth says #
    I have been thinking about this. I don't work Hellenic, but there are certain similarities here and there. There may be reluct
  • Terence P Ward
    Terence P Ward says #
    For the basics I would recommend Kharis: Hellenic Polytheism Explored, which has a good section on the subject. I'm told that th
  • Terence P Ward
    Terence P Ward says #
    In a Hellenic context, I would characterize this is miasma and agree that the gods don't want your devotion until you're able to p
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Absolutely right. Years ago, a Hindu guru told me that we shouldn't try to meditate when we are in mourning, because the negative
Another Question on Piety from a Reader

 

In response to my call for questions, Trine asked me the following: 

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  • Galina Krasskova
    Galina Krasskova says #
    That's a brilliant question and I want to take a little while to think about it. I'll answer to the best of my ability but it may
  • Amarfa
    Amarfa says #
    I have a question: If there's such a thing as pagan piety, is there such a thing as pagan sacrelige, and what form would it take?
  • Galina Krasskova
    Galina Krasskova says #
    I had to sit with this for a few long moments before responding because I was having a strong emotional response to the use of the
  • Galina Krasskova
    Galina Krasskova says #
    Hi Tannim, no, i don't think so. Not at all. Piety is an attitude that infiltrates everything, that dominates the way you engage
  • Tannim Wolfkin
    Tannim Wolfkin says #
    Here is a newbie question that I get all the time but would like your take on it as well. Does one have to observe all the various

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