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How do you deal with the cultural problem?

Discussion in 'Left-Hand Path Religions DIR' started by agorman, Oct 12, 2017.

  1. agorman

    agorman Active Member
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    Whether you're a Satanist, a Kali devotee or a Setian, there's always that fact of having to worship (or relate to) some deity that is of a very different culture. In every path I was in, I found myself always with the same problem. I feel at home with the Celtic things, but I have to concentrate, study and follow a god or goddess that belongs to a totally different culture than the one I like. How do you deal with it? BTW, Celtic gods never wanted to stay with me for long; maybe it's a matter of not having enough Celtic blood... who knows.
     
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    Sometimes you pick your god(ddess)(e)(s), sometimes they pick you. :D

    I've never had an exclusive relationship with any deities and while I have a favorite he's not the only one OR the only culture whose deities I've interacted with. Celtic and Greek characters have come to me in the past, and we have friendly relations as well. I don't call myself a Celtic or Greek pagan because I do not seek to relate to those pantheons at all - I just have a few whom have made me a favorite. Why or whatever is often beyond me, but I enjoy learning from them either way.

    I will go on about Celtic blood though, as it does have a lot to do with how likely you are to be directly engaged by them. (statement applies to Norse gods/goddesses as well) My experience has been that the Celtic religions were ancestral rather than dogmatic so it is likely that the "gods" really are just names of ancient ancestors of those people. They are far less concerned with people outside of their lineage as a whole, but that doesn't mean they have an aversion to others. I just think it would make reaching them more difficult, because they don't want the interaction as badly as you do. :D The Greek ones are completely non-picky about these things coming from a culture that was always mixed up with several sub-cultures. They're just about the vibe, and if you gel with them often they just naturally approach you whenever you happen to think about them a bit.
     
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  3. agorman

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    Something odd happens to me with the Norse gods. Maybe because of a German great-grandfather, Odin gives me signs he wants to be with me. But the times I've tried to stay with Norse gods, the more time I stay with them and the more I miss Celtic things. Besides, once in trance I saw Freya and Tyr telling me I should either not worship any gods and go to some Buddhism or go back to Celtic polytheism. So they don't seem to agree with each other on what to do with me, LOL!

    I guess Going back to Celtic gods is out of the question. I also wouldn't go back to Abrahamic religions. But Buddhism is so RHP! I thought of relating with Shiva and Kali somehow, but as I said before, I end up studying and worrying about a culture I'm not even attracted to. How do you guys deal e.g. with the fact that Satan belongs to Hebrew culture?
     
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    I don't, Abrahamic religions have what they think they know of Satan and I have a relationship with him. I find their method of dispensing knowledge, or rather fearing direct knowledge majorly annoying. They are not allowed to engage in the practices required to even know if their god exists, so why should it trouble me what they think? :)

    The culture is irrelevant in the end, because ultimately your pantheon is your own. In fact, I'd say that is the most defining trait of a LHP theist of any sort.
     
  5. SabahTheLoner

    SabahTheLoner Master of the Art of Couch Potato Cuddles

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    Heritage has little to do with spirituality. Honestly if I went by my heritage, I'd be a Heathen or Druid or someone who believes in the Jewish version of God. I like Norse and Celtic spirituality, and I have studied occult versions of Kabbalah, but I have a serious interest in the Egyptian gods. Do I feel I have to give up my connection to Sekhmet to work with Odin or Morrigan? No; I prefer all three deities equally. What Sekhmet offers to me is different from others. Her offers will not be the same as Odin's. I don't have to abandon the wisdom of Odin to seek the wisdom of Lucifer; on the contrary, it may help me. But I would also prefer working with Sekhmet over Hathor. Partially because of personality, partially because of connection.
    But if I feel a connection to Odin and Morrigan, because of my blood, why not a higher God? Life has taught me that God as others know him doesn't exist for me. I feel as if the world is too fragmented, uncaring and random. I'm open to the possibility of a creator, but not of a caretaker. At that point a name will be irrelevant.
    Long answer short: it's more a manifestation of personality than a nod to go elsewhere. The people who fit in a single tradition do so because it fits their personality. Most people find inspiration from two traditions at least.
     
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