Imperial Cult

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Imperial Cult

Postby Appius Iunius Seneca » Mon Mar 28, 2016 4:47 pm

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I would like to ask if anybody practice Roman Imperial Cult?

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Re: Imperial Cult

Postby Publius Iulius Albinus » Tue Mar 29, 2016 8:06 am

Appius Iunius Laterensis wrote:Salve

I would like to ask if anybody practice Roman Imperial Cult?

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I do. :D
I know that this site and community's main focus is on something closer to the Roman Republic. But I affirm and respect the evolutions of Roman political structure and religion that happened in the Empire, and I do venerate the Caesars who were recognised as divi by the Senate and People of Rome. Adding to that, I privately honour of Gaius Iulius Caesar on the date of his death, a celebration of his assumption into the heavens among the gods.

Now this probably going to be controversial: I also venerate the genii of certain Federal magistrates of the United States, in kind of a modern and localised version of an Imperial cult. It's based on the same principles--that persons filling offices of vital import to the government have a spirit of their office than can be propitiated to ensure the good luck and favour by that spirit. I am of the belief that my country (not exclusively), due its deliberate imitation and revival of Roman republican models, carries with it the protection of the gods of Rome and that its magistracies have numina of their own. For instance, on President's Day I hold a household feast to honour the numen of the Presidential office and to honour good and just people who held that post in ages past. Obviously, since my country didn't exist in antiquity, it's not historically accurate; but I feel that it is a truthful and authentic application of Roman values and traditions to my modern life and the country in which I live and with whom I identify.
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Re: Imperial Cult

Postby Appius Iunius Seneca » Tue Mar 29, 2016 8:37 am

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Good to hear it! I do it as well! :)
Can you share how you do this? which rituals do you use?

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Re: Imperial Cult

Postby Publius Iulius Albinus » Tue Mar 29, 2016 8:48 am

Appius Iunius Laterensis wrote:Salve

Good to hear it! I do it as well! :)
Can you share how you do this? which rituals do you use?

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I suppose in the same way that I honour any god: a rite of purification, procession to my household shrine or altar, and an invocation and saying a prayer to the divinity to be ever watchful and favourable. If I have time to, I'll make an image of the figure in question, whether it be a god or a deified mortal. Always with an offering, however modest, of incense and wine.

Though for President's Day, like I mentioned, I make a nice meal for the family and offer a fragment of it to the spirits of the officeholders who have died, praying that they will protect that office's integrity and promote its holder to govern with prudence, temperance, justice, and honour.
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Re: Imperial Cult

Postby Appius Iunius Seneca » Tue Mar 29, 2016 9:40 am

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Thank you for sharing your practice. I appreciate it very much. It is interesting how you adjusted Imperial Cult into XXI century and into you country. I like this idea :)
Personally I took an inspiration from the book The Roman Imperial Cult Emperor Anastasius I (http://www.amazon.com/Roman-Imperial-Cu ... erial+cult)

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Re: Imperial Cult

Postby Gaius Curtius Philo » Tue Mar 29, 2016 1:42 pm

I don't venerate the divi, but that's only because I haven't made my Caesareum yet. I plan to make one after me and my fiancée move in together. I am particularly interested in the cult of the Good Emperors, from Nerva to M. Aurelius. I personally wouldn't even mind if we had a spiritual emperor now a days, would be nice if the bearer of the office was virtuous.

About government worship, funnily enough I have ALSO thought of this. I just don't do it because Im brazilian and 1/4th (if Im not mistaken) of our congress is envolved in million dollors corruption scandals so I believe any collective political brazilian genius is at best a sick and evil one, and I wouldn't venerate an evil deity. But I do intend to do just what you're doing as soon as I leave Brazil.

If I may give you a suggestion on Presidential Worship, you could print the official photo of the President and place it on your Caesareum, it would serve as a bust.
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Re: Imperial Cult

Postby Appius Iunius Seneca » Tue Mar 29, 2016 1:46 pm

I also venerate only good Emperors. And concerning goverment - why not. If there are some good examples from the past then in my humble opinion it is nothing bad in doing this.
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Re: Imperial Cult

Postby Gaius Curtius Philo » Tue Mar 29, 2016 1:48 pm

Appius Iunius Laterensis wrote:I also venerate only good Emperors. And concerning government - why not. If there are some good examples from the past then in my humble opinion it is nothing bad in doing this.


Yeah. I think Im actually gonna start venerating the spirit of the late Brazilian Emperor d. Pedro II now that I think about it. He was the onlt chief of state in our history that I admire and is considered the best latin american chief of state in history.
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Re: Imperial Cult

Postby Appius Iunius Seneca » Tue Mar 29, 2016 1:50 pm

Gaius Atius Victor wrote:Yeah. I think Im actually gonna start venerating the spirit of the late Brazilian Emperor d. Pedro II now that I think about it. He was the onlt chief of state in our history that I admire and is considered the best latin american chief of state in history..


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Re: Imperial Cult

Postby Gaius Curtius Philo » Tue Mar 29, 2016 1:53 pm

Maybe his goodwill and patriotism might influence our current government a bit, so it can be at least less downright evil

When we can do nothing, we can always pray. Right?
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