It has been tradition in the Wiccan world to do ritual skyclad. What is skyclad? It means nekkid! Now ritual is pretty much the same thing as what most people would think of as worship. So hear’s the question.
Do you worship God naked?
I’m not Wiccan, but I have been known to have my personal worship time skyclad. It’s just me and my wife, and no one can see us. Would I be okay with being with other folks dressed (or not) the same way? I guess it would depend on the situation, but probably. I mean, being a nudist, I have eaten with others naked, drank with others naked, swam with others naked, talked with others naked. Worshipping with others naked doesn’t seem that far of a stretch.
In some nudist parks, they have worship services. I’ve never attended one, and I probably wouldn’t, but only because I doubt they would be Pagan, probably Christian. Here’s an example of one such service.
It does make me grin a bit to think of showing up at one of the local churches in my area in my birthday suit. Something tells me I wouldn’t get in the front door.
The question is, why?
I know, morals and or modesty. But really does the Divine care?
I belong to a Witch’s forum and there is a discussion on doing rites and rituals skyclad. Surprisingly, many say they wouldn’t. All the same body shame issues come up. Some say that they think it would be an insult to the Divine to worship naked. Really?
If I remember my creation story right, Adam and Eve were created naked and lived that way for some time. The only reason they dressed was because they screwed up a good thing and got kicked out of the garden. God gave them clothes as protection. Never did God say that they were disgusting because they were naked.
So, what do you think? Could you feel worshipful in the buff? Do you think God(s) care if we are dressed or not? Could you stand shoulder to shoulder with a bunch of naked people and say, “Praise the Lord?”