Cwm wrote:I don't understand Wolfs point. Could he be a lot clearer and link it with the posting please?
LOL... too funny.... I shall expand upon my posting ... "does it have to be religious"
- that means I do not feel that rites of passage have to be religiously connected for them to be important to someone. A birthday party (which by definition is the quintessential "rite of passage" is hardly a religious event)"Gatherings...to share in successes and achievements..."
- that means I feel that we can gather in celebration of an event without necessarily having to don woolen cloaks and walk deosil around a fire chanting in a dark language. We can simply gather to toast the success of someone we like.
The generalization that began this thread was aimed at the thought that to some this OBOD or Druidic thing was just like any other religion perhaps.
MiriamSPia wrote:What is challenging about this...is that it makes Druidry some religion...need for rites of passage ...but it does seem almost odd to see how the same it is...
What I guess you failed to see was that I was telling the original poster that one does not have to wrap rites of passage up into anything "religious" that they can be a celebration of the moment without even a need for ritual all the time.
Also as an underlying tone was the hope that people would write things for the rites of passage (or any other important event they chose to do) with an eye towards some individuality and spontaneity. To perhaps write a new ritual for each thing so that every one is not only different but somehow special and an event to remember.
Sometimes the best "rituals" are the ones that are not written down or rehearsed but rather sung from the heart of the person making the impromptu toast that leads into a circle of drumming.... the innovative few words one says that sparks another to pull out their guitar and render a song for the occasion....
This by definition is the "Spark of Imbas" (AKA "Awen" for some) that the Filidecht was known for in Ancient times.... that the Bard, the Skald, and Seannachie was most noted for even unto more modern times....