Anomalous Thracian will be presenting on Regional Cultus in Contemporary Polytheism:
In the ancient world, the idea of religion and religious structures and traditions were a lot different than the common conceptions most contemporary American Paganisms and Polytheisms have been supplying people with. Geographical diversities in religious practice, ritual technology and even foundational pantheon relations were great and varied in the ancient world, where religious structures were drawn from a close and intimate relationship with place, with specific lineages, with the spirits and of course with the gods and goddesses Themselves. Yet despite these emphatic variations, with complex customs and cross-overs and syncretisms woven between them — and indeed likely because of them — there were likewise emphatic structures to how all of these things unfolded. There was no “Pan-Hellenic” or “Pan-Celtic” big umbrella patterning of religion in the ancient world; rather, there existed specific regional, tribal, ethnic, and initiatory lineages and structures of theistic and ritual engagement. For contemporary expressions of Polytheisms to survive their current infancy in Western revival, an emphasis must be encouraged upon the acknowledgement of these variations, and the development of the structures that will contain them. By exploring, building and navigating such understandings, we as practitioners, dedicants, devotees and clergy can do more than merely claim title or social identity through them. Through disciplined individual and interrelated regional cult structures, we can indeed endeavor to see these things come enlivened in our worlds, newly cast from ancient mold and method in ways that fit into our post-post-modern frameworks.
Temple priest, shaman, and spirit-worker in the Thracian tradition, Anomalous Thracian lives in the Northeast United States, with a crazed raven from Africa and a den of oracular serpents. As a teacher and writer his expertise includes foundational polytheism, spiritual principles, navigating the complexities of different levels of causal theistic engagement, results-oriented mysticism and ethical disciplines of sacrifice, with a focus on anchoring ancient nomadic wisdoms and values in contemporary social and spiritual reality. A Thracian Polytheist, animist and mystic reconstructionist, he leads an initiatory tradition and facilitates rituals, traditional rites of passage, various methods of divination, while drawing on an educational background in psychology, sociology, religious studies, mediation and leadership. In all of his doings, he attempts to honor the ancestors, the gods, and his living relations in this world, while focusing also on further understanding and addressing contemporary issues faced by many including relations of race, gender, religion and sexuality.