So far this year, I have read and/or finished three books that have something to do with the core topic of this blog: Hermes by Arlene Allan, the new Ascendant: Modern Essays on Polytheism and Theology edited by Michael Hardy, and The Golden Ass by Apuleius. Since it was produced by people in the polytheistic community, though, I'm … Continue reading Ascendant: Modern Essays on Polytheism and Theology [Review-ish]
When I posted "On approaching polytheism as a system," I promised that I would start with a post on menstruation. This is that post, and its structure is as follows: Some term definitions and history Source materials and process Comparative praxis A look at the source materials Positional statement Definitions and History Menstruation impacts more … Continue reading Menstruation is not miasmic.
Today, I went to see "Sights and Sounds of Ancient Ritual," and since it is Anthesteria, I was delighted that so many things in it told visual stories of jubilance and of honoring the dead. The exhibit at the Yale University Art Gallery presents a narrative about sensory religious experiences that incorporates ritual objects from … Continue reading Sights and Sounds of Ancient Ritual
The Anthesteria began at sundown, but I have felt it in the air with keen anticipation all day. Right now, at 7 PM, I am in my apartment eating dinner — ginger pork over rice with broccoli and toasted seaweed snacks — and after I finish eating, check Twitter, and ritually shower, I will open … Continue reading Happy Anthesteria 699.2!
For anyone located near/in coastal Connecticut, I'm currently trying to find a time next weekend (likely Saturday the 16th or Sunday the 17th at 1 PM) for us to go to the exhibit profiled on The Wild Hunt before it closes in a few weeks. You can go here to be part of the discussion: https://www.meetup.com/New-Haven-Hellenic-Polytheism-Meetup/ … Continue reading The Wild Hunt’s Article on the Yale Exhibit and a Meetup Opportunity
BTW, on my other web site, here's a short story publication announcement. (The photo is of the volume. Many writers, many good stories!) The POV character grew up in Hellenism, so it may be of interest if you like scifi. Go to Pangrammatike for more details and a link to purchase. In “Ash Shades,” two … Continue reading Publication Update! — Pangrammatike
Tell Yasmah-Addu: thus (speaks) Samsî-Addu, your father. The works concerning the gods that you have undertaken […]. You have had six gods made. The six gods you have had made, goodness, that amounts to ten! Your servants out of fear don't talk to you, in heaven's name, about your works. I want you to … Continue reading The value of a minimalist approach to shrines