Reviewing the New Hindu Toolbox

newhindutoolbox

My fellow Patheos blogger, Ambaa, The White Hindu over at the Hindu Portal, has a short e-book out on what a new follower of Hinduism needs to know. I was curious about what she'd have to say and thought my readers might enjoy an review, as well. I am a long time reader of Ambaa and we are friendly colleagues, but this review was my idea and I paid for the e-book.The New Hindu Toolbox  is a short, easy to read introduction for those who want to begin practicing Hinduism and don't know where … [Read more...]

What I Miss About Being A Christian

Theotokos of Vladimir

It might seem odd to write a piece about what I miss about being Christian on the heels of my first post over at Polytheist.com. It might seem odd that I am thrown into fits of nostalgia just from seeing a dude carrying a guitar walk out from a church. Occasionally I'll pass a beautiful church and wonder when services are, as if I might go (I never do). Sometimes I miss getting lost in a beautiful liturgy, feeling elevated by the chants or singing and the incense. Sometimes I miss the order, the … [Read more...]

Announcing Polytheist.com!

polytheistdotcom

It with much pleasure that I announce the commencement of Polytheist.com, a new online hub of writings devoted to the variety of spiritual practices that make up this messy thing known as polytheism.This site was the brainchild of the Anomalous Thracian and his desire to promote polytheist discussion. The first round of authors were released this week, with more to come later in the month. I may be biased, but the quality of authors thus far is impressive, and I am honored to be among them. … [Read more...]

Encyclopedia of Goddesses & Heroines (Book Review)

Monaghan

When The Red-Haired Girl from the Bog by Patricia Monaghan was published (February 2003) I was working at a bookstore in Seattle, preparing myself for graduate school that fall at Berkeley's Graduate Theological Union, where I would study feminist and systematic theology. I saw Monaghan's book at the store and, remembering fondly my own time in Ireland (1996-97), and seeing that she and I had both spent our youth in Alaska, I picked it up. It was a fantastic book, weaving personal narrative, … [Read more...]

Autumnal Updates

Ganesh with brownie.

I haven't been at my regular posting for the last week. Let me catch you up speed.*Last Friday was Ganesh Chaturthi, Ganesh's birthday. For many people, this involves a special puja and/or community celebrations. Some people celebrate for a week. Many Hindus in India make their own murtis out of various materials that dissolve in water; little Ganeshas float down rivers until they are no more.In our house we have a birthday party. We gather our various Ganeshas, create a spot on the … [Read more...]

Magic Amongst the Mundane

Mary finally gets set up at Dolau Melys.

I'd like to say I'm up to no good, but mostly I'm up to my elbows in house work. My family has been incredibly busy this month. Here's a bit of what a week in a polytheist parent's life looks like.Last Friday I posted my review of Gus DiZerega's latest book. I thought the book was flawed, but full of ideas that I hope can find a wider audience. Gus did not take too kindly to my review. As it was also my husband's birthday weekend, we went south to Portland to visit friends and eat … [Read more...]

Fault Lines: A Review

Book-Fault-Lines-Gus-Dizerega

Gus DiZerega is a scholar and blogger - in fact, he writes regularly here at Patheos Pagan! His most recent book is Fault Lines: The Sixties, the Culture War, and the Return of the Divine Feminine. I've spent most of my advanced academic career studying the Divine Feminine in one form or another, so I was interested in what a smart, Pagan scholar would have to say about this topic. I am disappointed to report that this book is underwhelming.DiZerega spends most of the book detailing how … [Read more...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X