Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Mos Maiorum

Tradition is never static. It flows with many currents in and around obstructions, sometimes even in contradictory directions. Little pools may form at high water, becoming separated later from the main stream, just as sects may break off from a tradition, only to stagnate and eventually dry up, but the mainstream tradition continues to evolve, adapt, adopt as it moves further on.

Rather than looking backward on a fixed time in the history of a religious tradition, often time it is the tradition itself that becomes the mechanism of innovation. Living according to tradition does not mean doing things in exactly the same way as had been done generations earlier. Religious tradition is not a unchanging set of beliefs, nor is it a set of rituals to be rigidly followed. Religion is a way of life. As such, it tends to evolve along with the life of its community. In the religio Romana we call our tradition the mos Maiorum, or “the way of the ancestors.”

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