Liturgy 1.8 – Discuss the Outdwellers and their significance in ritual (or not, as the case may be).

23 07 2017

Discuss the Outdwellers and their significance in ritual (or not, as the case may be). (minimum 100 words)

The Outdwellers are “powers that can be inimical to mortals or oppose our own gods and goddesses” according the Ian Corrigan. They are the forces of chaos, of destruction and the wild in the Utangeard. For the Celts they were the Formorians, for the Norse they were the Giants. They are not evil, but they are a threat. They could also just be local spirits that want to cause mischief or are not happy about humans being in a particular place doing the ritual. It is important to also acknowledge the negative forces within ourselves e.g. arguments, feeling down and so on, can be outsiders. We need to put them aside for the ritual. In ADF, we acknowledge them, an offering is made to them at the edge of the sacred space and they are asked to leave the ritual participants alone and not distract us or interfere in the ritual. It is important to note that not all ADF groups include the Outdwellers in their ritual.

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Corrigan, Ian. “The ADF Outline of Worship: A Briefing for Newcomers.” ADF. Web. 

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Thomas, Kirk. “The Nature of Sacrifice.” ADF. Web.

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