The quality or state of being pious: such as, fidelity to natural obligations, or a dutifulness in religion.
~Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
A simple explanation of piety is that it is the expression of dedication, or devotion, through actions. This explanation is largely a reflection the ADF Dedicant’s Handbook definition of piety which states that piety is, “correct observance of ritual and social traditions, the maintenance of the agreements (both personal and societal) we humans have with the Gods and Spirits. Keeping the Old Ways, through ceremony and duty.” The simple explanation, however, is not a complete explanation of piety. It is doubtful, after all, that the Gods or Spirits are particularly interested in rituals carried out by bored, resentful participants who would rather be playing an escapist video game. Continue reading