Greetings and Salutations to all, I'm new here and have some questions about the Pagan world. Maybe someone here can point me in the right direction. My general question is how do you reconstruct a dead religion? I've studied history for years, particularly ancient history (Greece, Rome, and the Celts), and have followed the rise and fall of their different socieities. First I should note that none of these great societies have truly fallen, Rome is still a great city, the Greeks just held the Olympic games, and the Celts continue to exist in many different countries in western Europe. Yet, their different religions are, as near as I can tell, gone. What we have left are writings from hundreds of years ago, in some cases re-written many times leaving doubts to the authenticity of these writings (the Bible has this problem too now that I think about it). What is problematic about this is the continuity of teacher student which has been broken over the millenia, somewhere along the centuries the knowledge and practices of these traditions was no longer passed on from a teacher to a new student. So for all those who are "reconstructionalists" I would like to understand how you are doing it. Please understand, I'm not attacking your beliefs when I ask this question. I sincerely wish to know how people have gone about this task. I have found the Christian path which I grew up with to be less than rewarding on my own spirtual walk and have noticed I agree with alot of the spiritual aspects I've seen in the modern day Pagan world. So I'd really like to understand this spiritual path a little better. Thanks for any insight you may provide.