To honor the Gods, attend their rituals and traditional practices, to know their history and myths, learn about their culture and virtues, all of this is part of a good religious reverence. A faith must be practiced to become a truth, for if not, it will be only a thought unable to exist. Piety is to maintain and perform the appropriate form of ritual with discipline and personal commitment, to follow and develop spiritual, moral and social principles and skills related to the Traditional Knowledge and to show respect to the Elders and path’s brothers and sisters, and to reverence the Gods and the sacredness of life and nature.
To observe the correct form of ceremonies and respect the Old Ways requires study, work and sense. There is no ancient manual explaining this, but there are a lot of good tracts, myths and research telling us what those ancient people thought, how they were and how was the cult of the deities.
To understand the culture of a Religious Tradition is essential because it is inside its values and principles that the gods make sense and are comprehended as a whole. The gods were part of their culture and they had thousands of years to find better ways to connect with them. I think that to look to the past and try to understand and practice the culture of our hearten gods, especially in the cults, is a form to honor our spiritual Ancestors, to show hospitality and devotion to the gods, to be modest to understand that they knew more than us and to have the vision to learn with the past.
This Virtue is what makes us preserve the traditional wisdom and ritual valor of our religious path since it keeps alive the faith and the primordial intention of each ceremony; this is the meaning of all tradition. All religious practice is intended to maintain tradition, once that tradition has the key to converge elements to an appropriated sequence of actions and an accumulated wisdom able to conduct us to our spiritual goal and development. Without Piety the religious practice is lacking.