Sacred Nights of Antinous:

I am Osiris. Hail, thou divine first-born, who dost enter and dost speak before the divine Scribe and Doorkeeper of Osiris, grant that I may come. I have become a khu, I have been judged, I have become a divine being, I have come, and I have avenged mine own body. I have taken up my seat…

Sacred Nights of Antinous: Antinous in the Underworld

Anyone, Egyptian or foreigner, known to have been carried off by a crocodile or drowned by the river itself, must by all means be embalmed and wrapped as attractively as possible and buried in a sacred coffin by the people of the place where he is cast ashore; none of his relatives or friends may…

Sacred Nights of Antinous: The Death of Antinous

Hadrian mourns the Dead Antinous by Bartolomeo Pinelli (1781–1835). Today, October 28, the modern cult of Antinous commemorates the death of Antinous on the Nile in 130 C.E., in Upper Egypt, near the village of Hir-wer, known also as Besa, along the north bank of the river.

IN LIVING COLOR: Greco-Roman Polychrome Sculpture and Architecture

  The restrained good taste of the late 18th-century version of antiquity is compelling and still very much with us. It is also completely wrong. Source: IN LIVING COLOR: Greco-Roman Polychrome Sculpture and Architecture Image: Modern color reconstruction of Chios Kore, c. 510 BCE-540 BCE, Munich, Staatliche Antikensammlungen und Glyptothek.

The Troth takes a stand against racism, sexism, and homophobia

On Tuesday, August 30, the Troth issued an official statement on its blog: Racism and Homophobia are not Heathen, that is not what our service folk bring to our banners. Loyalty, courage, self-discipline, honour and frith you may find in our teachings, industriousness, self reliance and hospitality as well. You will find no hate in…

Are most polytheists okay with Galina being our self-appointed spokesperson?

Does anyone else see the irony in Galina’s outrage about the Troth’s statement strongly condemning racism, homophobia, and similar forms of discrimination? How does she expect anyone to take her seriously when complains about “polytheists attacking another group of polytheists – and not just verbally but with real world consequences”,  while her blog is a record…

September

September Fragment of a mosaic with the months of the year. First half third century CE. Discovered in the city of Thysdrus, Roman province of Byzacena, (modern El Djem, Tunisia).  Archaeological Museum of Sousse.  Photograph by Ad Meskens, 2012. Source:commons.wikimedia.org

Neutrality IS choosing a side

  I am amazed that so many pagans/polytheists choose to regard bigoted, racist, anti-GLBTQ and sexist behavior indulgently, either because they are not themselves the target, or because the perpetrators are regarded as too good-natured, witty, scholarly, mystic, or profound to confront. Too many of our communities permit sexist posts, racist comments, and bigoted behavior…

The wordpress experiment: evaluation after 5 weeks

On July 22, based on the news that Verizon was about to buy Yahoo (meaning that Tumblr was about to be assimilated yet again) I opened a mirror account at wordpress. Here are my thoughts: – wordpress is cumbersome to use: posting is fairly straightforward, but you need to use a secondary page (yourblogname.wordpress.com/wp-admin) for…

31/30 Days of deity devotion

Day 31: Bonus post As I searched for photos to illustrate this meme, pictures kept cropping up of a particular kind of critter that seems to be abundant at the site of the Asclepion at Pergamon. Since August has 31 days, I decided to make one extra 30 Days of Divinity Devotion post to share…