What to buy a Pagan for Christmas

I got some really awesome Christmas presents this year, so I thought I’d brag a little.

“Ashes and Snow” by Gregory Colbert

The first was the Ashes and Snow DVD.  If you’re not familiar with Ashes and Snow, it’s a “poetic field study” by Gregory Colbert that depicts a world in which the natural and artificial boundaries separating humans from other species do not exist.  Here’s a clip on YouTube.  I already have a beautiful photograph by Colbert hanging in my living room.

elephantashes-and-snow-gregory-colbertI read somewhere that Colbert just asked the boy above to go start reading to the elephant and the elephant walked over and knelt down in this way.

My wife also bought me this photo and gave it to me for Christmas this year.

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The main site for  Ashes and Snow is here.  There are many beautiful photographs of humans interacting with other animals, including whales and orangutans.  The film was equally beautiful and was narrated by Lawrence Fishburne.  It shows humans interacting with manatees, meerkats, and even cheetahs.

The Sundance reproduction (by Alan Barbick)

The second present was a reproduction of a Native American rock painting by artist Alan Barbick.  We had bought this at a Pow Wow last autumn, and I justified the cost by saying my wife could hide it and give it to me for Christmas.  The painting is from Meyers Spring, Texas and dates to around 1650 CE.  I like it because it is actually two different paintings; the humanoid figures are older and the sun mandala was painted over top of it at a later date — which reflects the eclecticism of my practice well.  The “horns” on the figures have obvious significance for Neopagans.  You can’t see it in the photo, but the rock has flecks of a reflective element that makes the rock sparkle in the light.

"Sundance" by Alan Barnick

“Sundance” by Alan Barnick

Here is the original from Meyers Spring:

Historic pictograph at Meyer's Spring, Texas

Historic pictograph at Meyer’s Spring, Texas

I also really like that the creation of these items is a spiritual path for the artist, something that he describes on his site as his “Vision”.  You can see more images of Alan’s work at his website.

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“The Hand” from a cave in Buttress Canyon, Arizona which contains hundreds of red hand paintings, dated to c. 1400 CE.

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“The Shamans” from Horseshoe (Barrier) Canyon, Utah, c. 7000 CE

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“The Hunt”, from Cottonwood Canyon, Utah, c. 1000 CE

Snow White and the Huntsman

Say what you will about this movie, but visually it was beautiful.  And, really, how often do Pagans get to see a movie with themes of Celtic sovereignty (the mystical connection between the virtue of rulers and the land they rule) intertwined.  The Sanctuary scene with the White Hart was great.

The White Hart from "Snow White and the Huntsman"

The White Hart from “Snow White and the Huntsman”

The White Hart from "Snow White and the Huntsman"

The White Hart scene from “Snow White and the Huntsman”

(Reminds me of Princess Mononoke.)

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