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anubisa
07 Nov 2015, 11:21
Hey everyone,

I was just wondering if anyone here on the forum kept religious items from their previous religion. As most of you know, my grandmother recently died and I have received and still have got some rosaries from her and my family. They are Catholics and my grandmother was a staunch Catholic. Even though I am an Egyptian Wiccan I can't bear to part with them, not because of my beliefs, but because of the feelings connected to them. I would feel really bad if I sold or gave away one of my rosaries that my mother or grandmother. I hope i'm not the only one here who feels that way. :)

DragonsFriend
07 Nov 2015, 11:32
Personal items from those we love are not necessarily a religious item to us. I look at things like that as parts of the person from whom they are received, a keepsake or trigger for memories of the person.
When I began the process of initiating into my second tradition I cleansed and purified some of my own tools and gifted them to other members who would use them. I burned my wand and dagger but the chalice and altar stone were gifted. They were well received and are being used by others now.

Kiesha'ra
07 Nov 2015, 12:03
I still have my menorah and dreidel from my first Hanukkah as well as a Star of David pendant. I can't bring myself to get rid of them so I keep them in my hope chest.

monsno_leedra
07 Nov 2015, 12:11
In truth I think it would depend upon what the object was.

It's like I have bibles because I like to read. Yet i'd not keep say a crucifix as that to me is more representative of the God of that religion than the bible which is its dogma and man made. Yet to get a crucifix from some relative i'd not look at as a representation of the God as much as a gift from a loved one or something to remember them by. The difference, for me anyway, being that I might have used the crucifix as a holy symbol in my practice but the one from a family member would not have been used by me to represent their God.

Yeah I know it's splitting hairs to a degree but that's how I see it. Same light that a statue I used to enshrine or breath life into is sacred yet the same statue in a store is just a piece of material and only holds a meaning if you give it one.

Hawkfeathers
07 Nov 2015, 12:59
My aunt was also my godmother and gave me a gold crucifix at my baptism, when I was about 2 months old. I'll never part with it! I also have a Deknatel rosary, still in the original box, that I won in a spelling bee in 5th grade, and a couple of other odds & ends.

Thrudr
07 Nov 2015, 13:15
I don't have a previous religion or items that belong to other religions than my own. I only own a small pentagram necklace that I occasionally wear and I've had it since I started my Pagan path. It means a lot to me and I wouldn't be able to part with it.

Mootipi
07 Nov 2015, 13:23
I keep icons of everything I identify (or have identified with) in a fairly religious context, more because it provides an insight into the path I have walked than as to what I firmly believe in now.

Briton
07 Nov 2015, 15:20
I have two Orthodox icons, one of Jesus and one of John the Baptist. I use my incense burner from a christian seller in Greece mostly for sage now.

anubisa
07 Nov 2015, 18:23
I can't seem to get rid of my rosaries and the old bibles that my mother and grandmother gave me. The only attachment I seem to have to them are through memories and love. They don't relate to my religion, but maybe one day I can definitely give them to another member of my family. I have a nephew I can definitely give some of my things to.

Banu
07 Nov 2015, 18:38
Hey everyone,

I was just wondering if anyone here on the forum kept religious items from their previous religion. As most of you know, my grandmother recently died and I have received and still have got some rosaries from her and my family. They are Catholics and my grandmother was a staunch Catholic. Even though I am an Egyptian Wiccan I can't bear to part with them, not because of my beliefs, but because of the feelings connected to them. I would feel really bad if I sold or gave away one of my rosaries that my mother or grandmother. I hope i'm not the only one here who feels that way. :)

It's just a thought, but those rosaries would be the perfect addition to an ancestor shrine. As your grandmother was Catholic, and doubtless other ancestors were Catholic as well, they might make her feel more at home. Many Kemetics set up their ancestor shrines with religious iconography meant to honor their ancestors' beliefs.

anubisa
07 Nov 2015, 20:51
It's just a thought, but those rosaries would be the perfect addition to an ancestor shrine. As your grandmother was Catholic, and doubtless other ancestors were Catholic as well, they might make her feel more at home. Many Kemetics set up their ancestor shrines with religious iconography meant to honor their ancestors' beliefs.

Thanks for the thought Banu. I will have to do that!

Medusa
07 Nov 2015, 22:26
Somewhere in my closet is my dad's crucifix from his coffin. I'm chalking that up to more morbid then religious though.

magusphredde
07 Nov 2015, 22:33
Nada ... nope ... zilch ... nil ... unless you count the first pipe I bought ...

thalassa
08 Nov 2015, 05:11
I still have my confirmation Bible.

Munin-Hugin
08 Nov 2015, 05:25
I thought about this and even walked around my house trying to see if there was anything around that I would say I had kept, but in truth there really is nothing. Anything that was once my grandparents', I had given to my folks, and I never really owned anything myself. I wonder though, if things from the early incarnation of my current faith count? If so, then there are quite a few of those, which I have repurposed to fit my needs now.

kalynraye
08 Nov 2015, 10:40
I have done some thinking and searching and as far as I can remember or find I do not have anything from my earlier days. I never could seem to keep up with the crosses I was given.. they all seemed to disappear, no matter how hard I tried to keep up with them. I was given a Bible for my 13th birthday and my dog tore it to shreds(i was very upset about that one) I received another one in a very nice case but I believe I got rid of it. I was also given a promise ring that I changed the promise on. I was never one to believe in waiting till marriage but I didn't also just want to sleep around(I gave it away at 17)...So no I cannot say I have anything from my previous religion.

RowanModig
08 Nov 2015, 11:37
Not even a little bit. My parents tried to raise me as a Pentecostal Christian despite the fact that my father was raised catholic and my mother was brought up as a Lutheran regardless of her Irish catholic mother and Jewish paternal grandparents. Every imaginable type of negativity was taught to me via those religious choices and the first thing I did was get rid of the symbols of that negativity. I didn't enjoy being raised in religions that taught hatred and bigotry and essentially told me that the only way to have a good life was to feel guilty for literally everything. Wasn't my cuppa so I ditched it. My rosary and bible were donated to the church and I stopped attending mass. I'm sure that if my upbringing in the church had been different then my views on holding on to those religious symbols might have been different but it is what it is.

Medusa
08 Nov 2015, 12:08
Oh yeah. I have my father's bible. Not for religious reasons. But because he wrote in it and put notes. So that puts me closer to my father..not closer to gawd.

Näre
09 Nov 2015, 01:55
I still have the altar from my previous religion. Only a bit modified. But I'm in a lucky position not having any religious baggage from my childhood. I do have some family heirloom things but they're at my parents' place so I can avoid thinking about how to deal with them.

faye_cat
10 Nov 2015, 11:01
It's just a thought, but those rosaries would be the perfect addition to an ancestor shrine. As your grandmother was Catholic, and doubtless other ancestors were Catholic as well, they might make her feel more at home. Many Kemetics set up their ancestor shrines with religious iconography meant to honor their ancestors' beliefs.

Beat me to it! But yeah, I would use it as part of an ancestry altar, or I would simply put it in a hope chest for younger relatives.

I still have my bible from my Church of Christ days, and sometimes I read through what I've written and highlighted. I'll pass it onto my kids if they want it when they get older, or it can be donated or given away if they don't. I also have a celtic cross necklace that means so much to me, and a beautiful cross wall hanging that got me through some hard times. That I may display on the wall again, although not as part of my altar, or pass on to the kids.

habbalah
10 Nov 2015, 11:42
I have the Bible that I highlighted the crap out of when I was Christian. It's missing a big piece of a back corner, because the dog we had at the time ate it (seriously). I keep it because I have some interesting passages highlighted, and because I have multiple books of various holy scripture anyway.

Willow
11 Nov 2015, 06:31
Religious symbols (ok, all symbols) hold meaning based on what meaning you give to it. To your grandmother they were religious, to you they may be more sentimental connections to her and therefore are more of a family memorial object than a religious one.

There's nothing wrong with keeping things that make you feel better, happier, or more at ease. Even if they don't represent your own beliefs.


I don't own anything Christian oriented, but that's because I never really had any. I've kept gifts from previous life situations though because I want to remember the good things instead of those big nasty bad things that made it pass into the category of "previous situations."