Unleash the Hounds! (Link Roundup)

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  June 13, 2011 — 11 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.

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


  • The thing that is so completely BS about the Conservative Christians protesting the Ganesha statue in Idaho…is that of the 15 sculptures that will be displayed…TWO OF THEM ARE EXPLICITLY CHRISTIAN! You can see them all here, including "St. Francis of Asissi," and "Rachel Weeping for her Children.":


    Of course, considering the fact that Cour d'Alene is infamous as the former HQ of the "Aryan Nations," it really should come as no surprise that it's full of mouth-breathers and knuckle-draggers…

  • Pitch313

    I hold the Law of Unintended Consequences to be more fundamental in the cosmic processes than the Law of Attraction.

    Artworks displayed to make public spaces more pleasant for all instead cause heated controversies in the community. We can all rely on the Lord of Obstacles to deal with them suitably. The sculptor features art highlighting a range of regional and spiritual themes, including both yoga and Northwest cultures. His work does not appear especially "godless" or "demonic" to me.

    (More at the Spokesman-Review site: http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/hbo/2011/jun/09/co… and at: http://www.rickdavissculpture.com/)

    • fyreflye

      Note that Ganesh sculptor Rick Davis also made the St Francis piece.

      • Crystal7431

        I doubt these people are the brand of Christians who would appreciate a St. Francis either.

  • Besom

    C’da has a progressive program to incorporate art into a higher percentage of structures than other areas of the country that should be emulated. It is truly unfortunate to see such bias in choosing the works in question. Was it the subject or the quality of the piece? I will be contacting my source in C’ fda to find out their assessment.

  • Baruch Dreamstalker

    The Idaho story is hilarious. These are the kind of people who want a creche on the courthouse lawn every Christmas.

  • It's too bad that Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir doesn't appear to have bothered to talk to any actual Heathens, or to do have done even a minimal amount of historical research.

    But maybe I shouldn't be surprised at all. In a previous article ("Wrath of the Gods") she expressed the opinion that when Christianity came to Iceland 1000 years ago it was, at least in part, because "maybe it was time to say goodbye to the old gods and adopt a more modern faith"! meh.

    She also fails to mention that Iceland was only converted in the wake of the reign of Olaf I, King of Norway, who was, even by Christian standards, a bloodthirsty bastard.

    • Sunna

      Here is an interview with Jóhanna G. Harðardóttir, Staðgengill Allsherjargoða of the Ásatrúarfélagið on the Norse Mythology Blog from January of this year; it's in three parts, and this goes to part one:

      My mother's family came from Dalir District in Iceland; they were pretty syncretic in their religious observances, and continued to be so even after coming to the US. My mom has a particular distrust for organised religion and neither my sister nor I were baptised as a result, so as far as "doing things automatically" goes (as she mentions in the article), that's not true in all cases.

      • She is blessed to have had such a father!

        And that is a really interesting looking blog!

  • Jaclyn Desiree Arceneaux

    I have to hope that the end result of the California prison lawsuit is *not* just changing the "Five Faiths" policy to a "Six Faiths" policy with Wicca added to the list. The current system of granting certain faiths the exclusive privilege of taxpayer-funded chaplains is fundamentally unjust and needs to be replaced with a system which treats all prisoners equally.

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