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Kemetic Orthodoxy: Ancient Egyptian Religion on the Internet — A Research Note

Marilyn C Krogh and Brooke Ashley Pillifant

in Sociology of Religion

Published on behalf of Association for the Sociology of Religion

Volume 65, issue 2, pages 167-175
Published in print January 2004 | ISSN: 1069-4404
Published online January 2004 | e-ISSN: 1759-8818 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/3712405
Kemetic Orthodoxy: Ancient Egyptian Religion on the Internet — A Research Note

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In a recent essay, Dawson (2000) has called for empirical studies of religion in cyberspace. This article contributes one case study toward this larger project, an examination of Kemetic Orthodoxy, an Egyptian revival religion that has developed a following largely through communication on the Internet. Most of the people who become members of Kemetic Orthodoxy learn about this faith, meet other believers, convert and worship online. As Dawson (1998) expects of religions compatible with the Internet, Kemetic Orthodoxy is monistic, tolerant, organizationally open, and experientially oriented, but contrary to his expectations, Kemetic Orthodoxy is based on ritual authority and stresses tradition more than individualism. Like Wicca, Kemetic Orthodoxy is a religion of late modernity.

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