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Mon, Mar. 30th, 2009 06:41 am
What's on the menu?

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lazy_leoboiko
lazy_leoboiko
Mon, Mar. 30th, 2009 01:42 pm (UTC)

I'm atheist and a tea ceremony guy, and that is what I love about ceremony —it's ritual without religion.


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(Anonymous)
Mon, Mar. 30th, 2009 02:33 pm (UTC)

I agree, Halloween in its current form may be a new occasion for friends to get together but it does nothing for communities.

How about Midsummer? Still alive in Britain? Some of the Midsummer traditions are still alive in Norway, but I think the communal aspects are disappearing and it's turning into more of a family celebration...


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butterflyrobert
RND
Mon, Mar. 30th, 2009 05:43 pm (UTC)

Christmas and Easter both started as pagan holidays and most of what is embraced by the secular masses are leftovers from the old pagan incarnations (a shaman in red, flying reindeer, a tree, trickster bunny, baby bird, egg hunts, etc). I don't think that has progressed in a line, but in a circle.

On a related note, a lot of what's happening in psychology is starting to resemble and/or reinforce forms of paganism. I've never been one of those neo-pagan types, but I am starting to wonder if that's where we're heading in the west as the psychological need for ritual and collective value reinforcement is approaching crisis levels. In any case, exposure to the east has certainly been a pleasant influence.


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