Unleash the Hounds! (Link Roundup)

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  February 2, 2013 — 5 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.

  • It’s Groundhog Day! That day of the year in which we all sit down to watch one of Bill Murray’s finest films. It’s also Candlemas
  • If you’re a dealer in outsider art, you simply must have a Witch. Quote: “When asked why she decided to participate in the fair for the first time this year, Santa Fe dealer Laura Steward succinctly explained, ‘One of my artists is a witch,’ referring to sculptor Erika Wanenmacher, a.k.a. Ditch Witch. ‘I like this fair because it’s more interested in people, in the artist’s minds.'”
  • More witchcraft-television is coming your way thanks to the Lifetime network. Quote: “Based on Melissa de la Cruz’s best-selling novel, Witches Of East End centers on the adventures of Joanna Beauchamp (Ormond) and her two adult daughters Freya (Dewan-Tatum) and Ingrid (Boston) — both of whom unknowingly are their family’s next generation of witches. Amick stars as Joanna’s mischievous witch sister Wendy.”Will the television series go as far as the novels? If so, it will be very Pagan-y indeed. 
  • The very first Parliament of the World’s Religion in 1893 wasn’t all handshakes and pluralism, Michael J. Altman at the Religion in American History blog points out that Swami Vivekananda (representing Hinduism  had some very pointed critiques of the dominant monotheisms that were essentially edited out of the official history. Quote: “We who come from the East have sat here on the platform day after day and have been told in a patronizing way that we ought to accept Christianity because Christian nations are the most prosperous. We look about us and we see England, the most prosperous Christian nation in the world with her foot on the neck of 250,000,000 of Asiatics. We look back into history and see that the prosperity of Christian Europe began with Spain. Spain’s prosperity began with the invasion of Mexico. Christianity wins its prosperity by cutting the throats of its fellow men. At such a price the Hindoo will not have prosperity.” As is almost always the case, the truth is messier than the narrative crafted by history. 
  • Congratulations to Crystal Blanton on the publication of her new book, “Pain and Faith in a Wiccan World: Spirituality, Ethics and Transformation.” Quote:  “[The book] fuses spirituality and counseling concepts to add a deeper layer of personal growth and connection to living the Wiccan path. This book looks beyond the concepts of ritual and reaches into previously untouched territory within the Pagan book market to address thriving as a Pagan.” Crystal is a friend, and someone who truly walks her talk. Be sure to check this out. 
  • M. Macha Nightmare adds her own take on the recent Claremont Pagan Studies Conference. Quote: “Others have written about Sabina Magliocco’s keynote speech on Saturday on “The Rise of Pagan Fundamentalism.”  I will only add a few notions I jotted down.  She spoke of the fact that foundational narratives foster group cohesion, and the core experiences are those common to all people of all religions.  She pointed out that the reconstructed traditions are growing faster than witchen traditions, and that their practitioners tends to disdain syncretism.” For more on this, check out the guest post from Patrick Wolff here at The Wild Hunt

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.

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  • Lēoht Sceadusawol

    Think I will skip the Witches of East End. (That’ll need a different name over here in jolly old England: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EastEnders ) Sounds even more infuriating that Supernatural.

    “We who come from the East have sat here on the platform day after day and have been told in a patronizing way that we ought to accept Christianity because Christian nations are the most prosperous.”
    Why I have always been sceptical of interfaith with Christianity (or any form of absolutist limited theism.)

    “She pointed out that the reconstructed traditions are growing faster than witchen traditions, and that their practitioners tends to disdain syncretism.”
    I’d be interested in hear more about this, notably why it seems to be happening.

    Did the healing ritual cause the ailment being cured to no longer afflict the individual(s)? If so, it worked. (Side effects may include nausea, diarrhoea, death by explosion.)

    • http://twitter.com/thelettuceman Marc

      It probably is because so many “hard core practitioners” are against the idea of eclecticism as something fluffy and cherry-picking, and have possibly crossed syncretism with that idea.

      I’d be interested in which reconstructed traditions were being interviewed, who the members were, and what standing they have in the larger community, as well.

      • Lēoht Sceadusawol

        That doesn’t really explain why those areas are growing faster. Obviously people do not start as ‘hard core practitioners’.

        It would seem to me that it is more about people looking for shared beliefs. Something that is hard to find when you have a group of eclectics.

  • http://egregores.blogspot.com Apuleius Platonicus

    But lets have the rest of that quote from Swami Vivekananda:

    “I have sat here today and I have heard the height of intolerance. I have
    heard the creed of the Moslem applauded, when today the Moslem sword is
    carrying destruction into India. Blood and the sword are not for the
    Hindoo, whose religion is based on the law of love.”

    Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.

  • http://entdinglichung.wordpress.com Entdinglichung

    beautiful archaeological findings in Nayarit/Western Mexico: http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=60333#.UQ4mkKXdcnc , ancient petroglyphs, most likely with a fertility-related content