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This course is a further study of mythical themes and events in several Indo-European cultures. The goal is to deepen a student’s knowledge and understanding of I-E cultures’ mythologies such that s/he can understand elements and themes beyond the basic level, as well as usefully compare and contrast them. Some application of knowledge learned is required in this course.

The primary goal of this course is for students to conduct a detailed exploration of specified Indo-European mythic elements and events and apply this knowledge for the creation of original liturgical elements for ADF ritual.

Course Objectives

  1. Students will increase their knowledge of specified mythological themes and events by researching and analyzing these themes and events within several different Indo-European cultures.
  2. Students will utilize knowledge attained through research to compose an original piece of liturgy for the creation or (re)creation of the cosmos appropriate for use in ADF ritual and a piece describing the “winning of the waters” appropriate for use in ADF ritual.

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This course is designed to provide specific instruction to our Priests about how to conduct ritual, and to encourage observation and creative improvement of our current methods of working ritual.

Several questions in this course ask how our Priests do certain aspects of ritual. You may either observe the Priest whose method you describe, or (if you are solitary or your Grove does not have an ADF Priest) ask one of our Priests what they do in this situation. It is highly recommended that you both observe the Priest doing this part and ask them about it, if possible (seek festival rituals or online videos), but it is not necessary. You may wish to provide video or pictures to help illustrate your answers to some of these questions, and this is permissible as well, but you must still meet the word requirement.

A Note on Word Counts and Descriptions: This course seeks a great deal of information in questions 4-8 about how others do certain parts in ritual, and there are no minimum word counts available. This is by design. The aim of these questions is to show that you are familiar with the methods you describe, and to show that you are able to develop your own method. Keep in mind that there is a general maximum of 1,000 words on questions with no minimum word count, but this maximum should not include any scripts or quotes from your sources.

The primary goal of this course is for students to enhance their skills to create and maintain effective ritual work that is consistent with the goals of ADF’s priesthood.

Course Objectives

  1. Students will demonstrate meditative and prayer discipline, along with other key practices required of ADF Priests.
  2. Students will demonstrate a working knowledge of key portions of the ADF Order of Ritual that are often expected of our Priests.

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