I was cruising the internet and came across a class of Heathenry that I hadn’t seen before. Long story short, instead of being deity-centric, they were very much ancestor-centric.
This somewhat put me off from the very first time I heard about it and I couldn’t figure out why. At first I thought it was because I have some pretty crappy ancestors but after some thought I realized that wasn’t it.
It is because, as a Buddhist, I get the concept of rebirth drilled into me to the point where it is almost a default assumption and, on the surface, reincarnation doesn’t really square well with ancestor worship.
This brings me to my question.
Do ancestor-centric Heathens believe in reincarnation? If so, how do they square reincarnation with the idea that they expect their ancestors to pick up the metaphorical phone when they call?
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