In which I talk about polytheism, interpretatio, the number of gods, and uncertainty. Also, I make too many PIE jokes.
In which I talk a bit about being quiet on Twitter for a while while I get things done.
The Eumenideia is happening in a few days, on 27 Anthesterion (the night of March 3rd into the day of March 4th). For Internet impermanence's sake, here are all of my posts about the Eumenides on this blog to date. Coda: Blood Crimes, Purification Ceremonies, and the Eumenides Happy Eumenideia (2017) Poetry for the Eumenides … Continue reading Eumenideia 699.2 Starts Soon
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!