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Jul. 10th, 2008 @ 10:46 pm Cultural Fixation
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From:marytek
Date:July 11th, 2008 03:05 pm (UTC)
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All cultures are fluid, those that survive are the ones that are not static. I take the same approach with regards to my Baltic Faith. There are certain mod-cons which I cannot live without, like a stove.

I think that a successful approach is a moderate one, with an understanding and love of the culture from which the religion/spirituality arose from and how it can be maintained as a living tradition in today's modern western world.

But I do believe that at the heart of it all is the understanding of the cultures from which our respective spiritual/religious paths sprang from. I cannot fathom following Romuva without understanding the culture -- i.e., why do we pray to Saule on a certain day? why is amber so important to Baltic women, and so forth. Cannot practice a religion in a vacuum -- the rich cultural tapestry is needed.