Unleash the Hounds! (Link Roundup)

Unleash the Hounds! (Link Roundup) August 3, 2012

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.

Margaret Mahy (Photo: David Hallett)


That’s it for now, have a great day! 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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16 responses to “Unleash the Hounds! (Link Roundup)”

  1. “Is there anything that can’t be explained with Pooh?”

    Or perhaps: is there any story that resists someone’s attempt to identify it as a shamanic narrative?

  2. ”  There were fire-eaters, palm readers, and prostitutes”

    And prostitutes that ate fire while doing palm readings!

    …sounded funnier in my brain >.<

  3. The Ancient Olympics: the Total Pagan Entertainment Package. I LOVE it!!

    Every Entertainment a Pagan could wish to have- and more: the Ancient Olympics. Join us today.

  4. “…the older, original definition of Paganism placed it in the context of a very different dichotomy, one between rural and urban cultures.”

    Yet modern Paganism is a largely urban phenomenon. Surreal, isn’t it?

  5.  I can’t diss on Rick Ross that hard, as an ex-cult member his resources were really helpful in healing from the group I was in, and I’ve sent other people in the same kind of situation to his site.

  6. Hey Jason- thanks by the way, for your words on Michael Lloyd’s Bull of Heaven (the biography of Eddie Buczynski); kind of like Gone With the Wind swept America in the mid-1930s (sort of serious about my analogy), Mr. Lloyd’s book has swept the NYC Gay Guy Pagan scene (not too surprising, as Eddie was a notable Gay Guy Witch during this significant NYC period of the 1970s). I have one friend who consumed it in 3 days (impressive, to my mind, since it’s some 600 pages); I have another (very dedicated to not generating environmental stress) reading it as an E-Book on Kindle. Everyone who sees Bull of Heaven is impressed by it; my own copy arrived in the mail today, but a World of Ceremonies will have to pass, before I remove it from its mailing envelope and present it to the Gods as my own. 

  7. That’s typical of any subculture, which of necessity includes modern Paganism: a higher population density means a greater likelihood of finding people who are similarly different from the mainstream, and thus a greater likelihood of a subculture developing around that particular kind of difference.

    I look forward to seeing hardy rural Paganisms develop and flourish, though.

  8.  You’d think we would have seen at least some demographic shift, though.

    Don’t get me wrong, I see a fair amount of rural Paganism, but that is because of my personal location rather than because there are lots of rural Pagans.

  9. Maybe part of the issue is that what demographic shift there may have been is largely invisible through the sorts of technology we use to judge these things. By which I mean, how often do rural Pagans as a whole hop on the internet to be a voice on fora like this one? Maybe there are more interesting or pressing things for rural Pagans to do. As a small-town Heathen with about half-an-acre of land to care for, two kids, a full-time job, and a wife I only get to see on the weekends, maintaining an internet presence is not always on the top of my priority-list. My religion occurs primarily in my back yard, the “holy corner” next to my table, and at my fire-place; I think that means that I have less pressure to be exercising my religious identity online.

    That said, I do feel that the majority of Pagans (at least new ones) dwell in urban settings. There is a reason why the metropolitan area of Minneapolis and St. Paul is referred to as “Paganistan,” and not the surrounding countryside. There is a kind of osmotic spread from those urban areas into the countryside, but it is often slowed by the politically conservative and explicitly Christian culture one finds in rural areas. That sort of culture surrounding one in the place one is hoping to use as a religious center can be very off-putting, and in some areas it can be dangerous. Not everyone wants to subject themselves to the scrutiny – and possibly violent disapproval – of others.

    May all rural and small-town Pagans have tolerant neighbors.

  10.  I think that, in part, it is another cultural difference between the USA and the UK.

    There is a lot less of the conservative Christianity here, and there is a lot more for Pagans in the countryside (lots of stone circles, Neolithic monuments, Iron Age Hill Forts, etc.).

    I just find it odd that they still tend to head back into the urban areas. Pagan tourism, if you will.

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