Devotional Art as Public Worship

Roving the Two Lands

Jason Mankey recently published a blog post on the subject of how worshiping the gods is not limited to reciting prayers or making physical offerings in a shrine. Art, writing, dance, and countless other forms of creativity can also count as worship, even if created by someone who didn’t believe in the gods as real independent entities. Mankey pointed out that:

“By the middle of the Fifteenth Century CE the Italian Renaissance was in full-bloom, and cities such as Rome were overrun with images from Pagan antiquity. Goddesses and Gods peaked out from behind nearly every street-corner, and statues and paintings featured the gods of Rome and Greece for the first time in nearly 1000 years. If you had walked through Rome in 1550 you would have assumed you were in the middle of a Pagan city, so prevalent were the images of Dionysus, Aphrodite, and Artemis. “

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