Religious Traditions: Wicca

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Religious Traditions: Wicca


Wicca considers rites of celebration to be the intensification of values and beliefs already present. The Pagan idea of handfasting might include marriage between two people, a "group marriage" of more than two, or marriage between members of the same sex, to name a few. A high priest or priestess traditionally officiates the Wiccan ritual, which may involve the creation of a sacred space, the invocation of divine power, a blessing, and the sharing of song, dance, food and wine. One wedding tradition reported that the bride and groom's wrists were pricked and their hands tied, their mingling blood symbolic of the joining of their two hearts. During the night of the Beltane, courting couples collect branches, wearing flower garlands, which could be incorporated into a Wiccan wedding.

Zoroastrian (Parsis)

Known as the oldest prophetic religion, the majority of Zoroastrians live in India, although they may now be found throughout the world. Zoroastrian ceremonies usually take place in a temple in the presence of an ever-burning flame, representative of the presence of God, and may include the following: purification of the body by washing; purification of the soul through latsi prayer; recitation of prayers in the sacred Avestan language; and standing in the divine presence. Earth, fire and water are considered sacred, and a wedding, like the initiation ceremony, may take place in front of a sacred fire in the presence of the family priest.

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