Hephaistos’ MDT – Day 14: How has Hephaistos’ worship changed in modern times?

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The topic for today will be how the worship of Hephaistos has changed.

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The Problem With Neo-Paganism

Sacred Blasphemies

In my head, I’ve been flirting with the idea of starting some sort of Hindu group geared towards modern polytheists. As a polytheist who worships Hindu deities, I know that I’m not alone. I wish that there was a group that focused on Hinduism but open to (if not oriented to) Westerners.


I mean, there is already. It’s called ISKCON (best known as the Hare Krishna movement). Despite being linked with hippie counterculturalism, it’s actually very much in-line with traditional conservative Hinduism down to the sattvik diet (vegetarian with no onions or garlic), celibacy before marriage, and behavior/morality (no drinking, smoking, or drugs).

I want to see a Shakta (or Goddess-worshipping) version of that, though I’m unconvinced that I have the knowledge or skill to do so. Especially given that I am not an initiate of any Shakta tradition.

Recently, I had an e-mail exchange regarding Shakta Tantra and Paganism…

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Some Thoughts on Gadhimai

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Today I will reblog something I wrote myself almost a year ago before I started blogging for myself again. It was originally posted on the 31st of July, 2015, on a blog which I shared with Galina Krasskova (Gangleri’s Grove) and Tess Dawson (Canaanite). This blog has since been put on private and is only visible to me, Galina, and Tess, because the project never really got off the ground. Therefore, I am now reproducing the blog post below, having made some grammatical and stylistic edits, as well as a few places where I formulated things differently.

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Location, location, location!

A blogpost by Golden trail on the differences between polytheists on the European side of the Atlantic, and the ones on the American side. Specifically a discussion of four terms that seem to cause the most issues in discussions between people in those discussions.

This year’s only on its third month and already there’s been a fair share of intense debates and disagreements with fellow polytheists. And it has become clear to me – or I’…

Bron: Location, location, location!

On Reconstructionism and Modernity

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Today’s post was prompted by a recent discussion I had in a Facebook group I recently joined, which was about a group to discuss Germanic polytheism, though open to other polytheists as well. The discussion concerned homosexuality, and it was pretty much a show of why Germanic polytheism can have a bad name, and why reconstructionism as a method to rebuild our ancient traditions is so often unjustly derided as being static, and basically being re-enactment. Let me explain. Continue reading