Unleash the Hounds! (Link Roundup)

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  March 22, 2011 — 17 Comments

There are lots of articles and essays of interest to modern Pagans out there, sometimes more than I can write about in-depth in any given week. So The Wild Hunt must unleash the hounds in order to round them all up. Before I begin, let me just remind everyone that the Pagan Japan Relief project, an initiative to raise 30,000 dollars for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières is just over 3,000 dollars from its final goal! That the Pagan community has been able to collectively raise nearly 27,000 dollars already is a monumental achievement, but lets do a final push, spread the word, and prove that serious fundraising for worthy causes can happen among our interconnected communities. For more background on this initiative, and why it’s important, check out Peter Dybing’s blog.

Now then, unleash the hounds!

That’s it for now! Feel free to discuss any of these links in the comments, some of these I may expand into longer posts as needed.

Jason Pitzl-Waters


  • Baruch Dreamstalker

    From the Wild Hunt polyamory archive:

    "The biggest hurdle will be convincing the public that there’s a difference between the abusive compelled polygamous marriages often found in Fundamentalist Mormon off-shoots and polyamory."

    For this distinction to be successful, the spokespeople must include folks in polyamorist families and must be the best possible representatives: the women clearly not brainwashed; the men clearly respectful of women and not running on about their rights of association, and nobody mentioning the alternatives with which they might be compared. "We're not Mormons (or Muslims)" will simply remind the public of what we want them to get beyond.

  • Rev

    Yes, being a big rich rock star with a bazillion fans is a sad fate. Thanks for letting us know what ruined your life, Dave.

    I guess we shouldn't mess with Thelema, either. Might end up like Jimmy Page…

    • Bookhousegal

      Well, I understand he's trying to be a big *Christian* rock star now…..

    • For my little fanzine "Iron Cross" about twenty years back I did an interview with Dave Mustaine. He had a big mouth. Seemed like an okay guy as long as you didn't mention Metallica. Sad to find out he's going all Christian now. That's like the last refuge of the failing rock star.

      • Moggie Cat

        Yep, I knew Mustaine back in the day, too…from my old radio/metal days. And yes, he did have a big mouth and wasn't always nice to a lot of people…especially if you mentioned Metallica.

        Nothing like not taking responsibility for your own actions.

  • Tom

    GW Bowersock, author of a less-than-generous biogrpahy of Julian, gave Cameron's book a stellar review. That should give one an idea of what to expect…

    • Bookhousegal

      Well, I was getting tired of the totally *unscholarly* attempts to discredit Paganism, this ought to give the our recon scholar friends a chance to really shine 🙂

      People have been re-spinning the 'Fall of Rome' for current purposes since well before any given actual 'fall.' We're bound to see stuff like this.

    • Ronald Hutton is a big fan of both GW Bowersock and Alan Cameron. They are all birds of a feather.

  • Alan Cameron has been singing this same song since the 1960's. If you want the real story on what Cameron is up to, then read Charles W. Hedrick Jr.'s History and Silence: The Purge and Rehabilitation of Memory in Late Antiquity. Hedrick (a second generation classicist) gives an insider's view of the ongoing debate over "did Paganism fall or was it pushed?", and he comes down solidly on the side of those who say that Paganism was still a vital religious tradition in the 4th century, and that it did, indeed, put up a fight.

    Some links:
    Bryn Mawr Classical Review: http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2000/2000-07-11.html
    googlebooks: http://books.google.com/books?id=m1lfk9DCtIsC
    Amazon (the new paperback edition just came out last year): http://www.amazon.com/History-Silence-Rehabilitat
    Publisher's website (they have a 33% discount!): http://www.utexas.edu/utpress/books/hedhis.html

    Also, Hedrick has a very nice page where he gives some sage advice for anyone considering a career as a classicist: http://humweb.ucsc.edu/classics/Hedrick/gradschoo

    Bottom Line: Save your money, kids! You can get used copies of Hedrick's book for 13 bucks plus shipping at amazon!

  • A.C. Fisher Aldag

    The West Memphis Three link to the new trial on 5 December, link is broken. 🙁

  • Crystal7431

    I'm curious as to why powder is still an issue given the amount of time and lack of incidences since 9/11, if anthrax is actually the reason the cops enacted the crackdown during the Holi festivities. Strange.

  • Chryfii

    Totally agree. I unfortunately paid the $$ for Cameron’s work, and for anyone to state that it ‘demolishes’ the previous viewpoints is just laughable. He proposes a certain viewpoint, and that is all. This work in no way makes Henricks views redundant despite his claims.

    He limits himself to the city of Rome alone, to the state cults alone and to the nobility alone. In other words, he has narrowed his definition of what a Roman Pagan was to a very small niche population in order to fit nicely into his decades old obsession. The simple fact that the household worship of the Lares and Penates are not mentioned in this book should show you its not what it is being acclaimed to be.

    He also made the rather asinine claim that ‘there were no pagan martyrs’, well maybe (although he is arguing from silence) in the Roman nobility who were priests of the state cults in the city of Rome itself, but in the Eastern Empire? Anyone who has read Chuvin could see this is false.

    All in all, pretty poor in my opinion. I await the refutation of this work by people like MacMullen or Henricks, but it may take years as it is over 800 pages long!

    • The problem is that it is impossible to properly respond to Cameron in a meaningful way without really getting down into the weeds of academic factional warfare, and the market for books that do that is miniscule. Cameron gets away with it because he is promoting a Christian triumphalist narrative, and there’s always a market for that sort of shyte. The same problem exists with the whole “Pagan monotheism” phenomenon.

      And, alas, even if someone did manage to get a decent critique of Cameron published, 99.99% of Pagans (including supposedly Pagan “scholars”) will either be blissfully unaware of such a publication, or simply incapable of understanding it. You certainly won’t read about any such publication in the New York Review of Books, or, for that matter, here at the Wild Hunt, except possibly buried in the comments.