The Nerdy Pagan

Because A Ven Diagram for "Pagan" and "Nerd" would form an eclipse.

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Most people use religion as a tool to kick the habits that rule their life and drain their money.

What the hell do you do when religious scholarship is the habit that is draining all of your money?
 I am a weirdo. I gave up buying lunch, eating out, and buying coffee on the go so I can pay for a subscription to the Pomegranate journal. My biggest motivator for finding a new job is so I can afford classes at Cherry Hill Semenary and other forms of Pagan/Magical Studies/theology training. Also so I have space for my library. I have a religion problem.

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inveniemus:

"In Easter European Tradition when a young female drowns, she might become a rusalka. Rusalkas live at the bottom of lakes and rivers. In the middle of the night, they would walk out to the banks and dance in meadows. If they saw handsome men, they would fascinate them with songs and dancing, mesmerize them, then lead them away to the river floor to their death."
Rusalka by Doberlady

inveniemus:

"In Easter European Tradition when a young female drowns, she might become a rusalka. Rusalkas live at the bottom of lakes and rivers. In the middle of the night, they would walk out to the banks and dance in meadows. If they saw handsome men, they would fascinate them with songs and dancing, mesmerize them, then lead them away to the river floor to their death."

Rusalka by Doberlady

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http://chaoticwanderings.tumblr.com/post/97809427675/turnedtostardust-the-brambled-way

turnedtostardust:

the-brambled-way:

lavenderwrath:

turnedtostardust:

lavenderwrath replied to your post:I’m sorry, is this not the right time of day to…

What happened?

No one chimed in, for possibly the fifth time it’s been mentioned on this blog, when I…

Back in my Wiccan days, I started to include the idea of primordial deity—or deity before the split into male and female into my practicies. There would be a space on my altar for God and Goddess, but also the Before/In-between. A lot of Wiccan traditions, especially those that have borrowed heavily from Aradia assume that the primordial deity was Female, or that The Goddess came first and the God came from her. In my interpretation, or at least the one I held to then, that primordial deity was androgynous or a hermaphrodite and only when the divine energies split off from that did they become male and female, God and Goddess.

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Voices from the Past

Much has been made of the links between languages with Indo-Eropean roots and the use of these links to extrapolate information about ancient gods. This is something that comes up a lot in my study of Slavic and Baltic deities and at times I get the feeling that it has led to a lot of fuzzy pseudo-history. This gets even more frustrating when you realize that this kind of linguistic reconstruction makes up about 90% of the scholarly research that exists at least in English language publications.But in my search, I did manage to find something kind of cool and well…definitely nerdy.

By tracing the commonalities between the Indo-European languages, linguists believe that there was a Proto-Indo-European language that all of these languages came from. As humans spread across the globe, their languages branched off from this one point.

Linguists have been attempting to recreate this language by tracing the commonalities backwards to that original Proto-Indo-European ancestor language. And some of those linguists think they have a pretty good idea of what that language might sound like.

If you’re like me and the thought of hearing words that might be echoes of a dead language that hasn’t been heard for thousands of years sends shivers down your spine, you might want to check out these two recordings from Archeology magazine’s web site. They represent two hypotheses as to what this Proto-Indo-European mother tongue might have sounded like.

Unless a man driving a blue Police Call Box appears on their doorstep, linguists really have no way of knowing what this Proto-Indo-European mother tongue actually sounded like. But the spread of language can help us trace our path out of Africa, into Asia and out into the rest of the world. It’s one of the threads that connects us both to each other and to our ancestors.

That’s a nice notion, NerdyPagan, but really what does that have to do with Paganism? I’m so glad you asked.

The lingusitic connection between certain concepts and the names of the gods is one of the ideas behind the practice of syncretism, or the linking of one deity, idea or tradition to another. This can be found in both ancient Paganisms (Romans linking the myths of the Greeks to their own gods and the Greeks equating the Egyptian Gods with their own at various periods of history) and in modern ones (linking a god or goddess with a stone or planet or various lwa being linked with Catholic saints in Voodou.). P. Sufenas Virius Lupus has a really good article on syncretism if you want to read more.

I personally see syncretism as a spectrum and I’m not quite sure where I fall on it. I definitely believe that some gods can take on different guises in different cultures, but do I think that all love goddesses are Venus? No. Do I think that if I pray to Toth for wisdom and eloquence in this blog post I am getting the blessing of Hermes and Sarasvati since they are also deities of eloquence? No.

But as I trace the story and existence of the goddess I know as the Lauma— Godmother Death, protector of orphans, mothers and direct care workers, am I going to factor in the theories of Indo-European linguists and their ideas about Baltic and Slavic deities? Maybe. Many Slavic and Baltic reconstructionist religions such as Romuva identify as Indo European Religions. More eclectic organizations such as AFD also claims to base its beliefs on those of “ancient Indo-European Pagans— the Celts, Norse, Slavs, Balts, Greeks, Romans, Persians, Vedics and others.”

So linguistic studies do have a role in the way we perceive our gods and has shaped the scholarship of various Paganisms. It has also been the cause of a lot of Victorian quackery such as the idea of Russian Vedas proposed by W. R. S. Rawlston. Separating the good from the bad can seem as impossible as sorting poppy seeds from dirt. But when you are grasping at straws on the trail of a goddess unknown to the western world, you take what you can get and hope that your best judgment is enough.

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SO a thing happened.

norvicensiandoran:

lazypagan:

I don’t really feel like going all into it right now. BUT mostly I’m wondering if there are any goddesses who are represented by skulls and snakes.

If anybody has any ideas, leads, or tips It’d be greatly appreciated.

So, does anyone know of a goddess…

Baba Yaga often is portrayed with the motif of snakes and skulls. Though there is some debate as to whether or not she was ever worshiped historically, a lot of Russian and Slavic reconstructionists and modern Neopagas consider her one.

I’ve worked with her several times and she’s not your conventional Goddess. She doesn’t give much of a damn about conventions, especially those of gender and sexuality.  Heroes and children are often sent to her hut where she puts them through all kinds of hell but if they are able to please her, she gifts them with objects of great power.  She is a destroyer of innocence in the sense that innocence must be destroyed if a person is to progress from childhood into adulthood. She is an initiator. But in my experience she can be very dangerous and will turn your life on it’s head. If  she is the goddess that has shown up, I’d recommend proceeding with caution. She is a great teacher, but as her stories say, “too much knowledge can be dangerous.”

Here are a few links with more info. Let me know if she feels familiar.

About Page on Baba Yaga

Chapter from Songs of the Russian People

The Tale of Vasalisa the Brave

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Alejandra Leos Makes 8th Trans Woman Murdered this Summer

ughgodwhatever:

7 Trans Women of Color; all killed during the season that holds Pride Month. The queer community is still abuzz with the last vestiges of the season that promises parades, alcohol, and ‘a freedom to be you.’ So often, the larger LGBTQ “community,” has this idea that we’re all equally policed for being a part of this population. Without doubt, the summer of 2014 has proven that this is not the case.

…are the names of the 7 women that have fallen this season before Alejandra; and there is no protest for them. They are the silent-fallen that have fallen silent. There is an epidemic of trans female genocide; a cure to this maddening, tragic plague has yet to be seen.

Please #RememberAlejandra. If we continue to brush over the victimization of TWoC then again and again these beautiful lives will be cut short; again and again, #GirlsLikeUs will be made victims of hatred.

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mulatoomcmxci:

steppauseturnpausepivotstepstep:

babybutta:

yarrahs-life:

high-power-prolific:

thehereticpharaoh:

People really don’t believe Ancient Egyptians were ethnically African?

They referred to themselves, not as ”Egyptians” (a Greek term) , but as ”Kemmui’’, meaning, ”the blacks”.
The country itself they called, Kemet, or black nation.
'Kem' is the term for black in the ancient Egyptian language. It is represented in hieroglyphs by a stick charred at both ends.”
"km.t, the name of Ancient Egypt in Egyptian; Egypt (Coptic: Kemi)
r n km.t, the native term for the Egyptian language
(Ref: The Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary, Vols 1&2, E.A. Budge, Dover.) 
Note: words inside brackets are the determinatives or word classifiers along with their English meanings.
Kem, kame, kmi, kmem, kmom = to be black 
Kememu = Black people (Ancient Egyptians) in both Ancient and modern Egyptian (Kmemou).
Kem [khet][wood] = extremely black, jet-black
Kemet = any black thing. Note: “t” is silent - pronounced Kemé
Kemet [nu][community, settlement, nation] = Black nation = Ancient Egypt.  
Kemet [Romé][people] = Black people. Ancient Egyptians. 
Kemit [Shoit][books] = Black books, Ancient Egyptian literature.  
Kem wer [miri][large body of water] = The Great Black sea (The Red sea). This sea is neither black nor red, this is in reference to which nation, Black or Red, at a particular time, controlled this body of water. 
Kemi fer = Black double house; seat of government. Note: by reference to Wolof again, we know that to make a plural of per or house, the “p” becomes an “f” or fer. Thus fero=great houses (double), it is not pero as Budge writes.
In Ancient Egyptian, the ordinary adjective always follows the noun it modifies, whereas a sanctified adjective usually comes before its noun.  The sanctified adjectives are:
Kem —  Black
Suten -  Royal
Nter —-  Holy, Sacred
Examples:
Kem ti = Black image, sacred image : ti oubash = white image  
Kem ho = Black face/title of a god   : ho oubash = white face  
Kem ta = Black land, holy land        : Ta deshret = Red land (also; Ta Sett) 
This rule does not apply when Black is used as a noun-adjective of nationality:  
Hompt Kemet = copper of Black; Egyptian copper :  Hompt Sett = copper of the Red nations; Asiatic copper  
Ro in Kemet (page 416a) = speech of Black; mute ro n Kemet = word of the mouth of Black; the Egyptian language
Kemet Deshret = Black and Red; good and evil; fertile and barren, etc.; Duality  
Deshretu (page 554a,b) = red ones, red devils.  Used also to refer to the Namu and Tamhu; not a complimentary label. 
African Origins: 
The following Ancient Egyptian words acknowledge the origins of Pharaonic Egyptian civilization; 
Khentu Hon Nefer (page 554a) = founders of the Excellent Order. Budge: “peoples and tribes of Nubia and the Egyptian Sudan.” For “Hon” see page 586b. 
Hon Nefer (page 1024b) = Excellent Order
Kenus (page1024b) = mighty; brave (from Kenu, page 772a)
Ta Khent (page 1051b/page 554b) = land of the beginning.  
Eau (page 952b/page 17b) = the old country  
Ancient Egyptian’s Worldview:  
The Egyptian’s view of the world was the exact opposite of the current Western one. To the Egyptian, the top of the world was in the south (upper) towards the African interior, the bottom (lower) towards the north, hence upper and lower Egypt; upper and lower Syria.”
"Oh yes, the black soil business.
Most scholars outside the modern western cover-up establishment have rejected the false interpretation some have given to Kemet, ostensibly alluding the term Kemet to the alleged ”black soil”  of Egypt. There’s nothing in the term, outside the imagination of western myth-makers,  to suggest the Egyptians referred to the color of the soil or sand, rather than the people, in naming their country. Our position is consistent with the testimony of the ancient Greek writers, eyewitnesses who unanimously described the Egyptians as a black people, closely related to the ”Ethiopians”.”

And white Hollywood casts white actors and gives them tans.

*internal sobbing*

i will never not reblog this. i know too many people who for real dont think Egypt is a part of Africa.

KNOW YOUR HISTORY


Behold the Linguistic Smackdown!

mulatoomcmxci:

steppauseturnpausepivotstepstep:

babybutta:

yarrahs-life:

high-power-prolific:

thehereticpharaoh:

People really don’t believe Ancient Egyptians were ethnically African?

They referred to themselves, not as ”Egyptians” (a Greek term) , but as ”Kemmui’’, meaning, ”the blacks”.

The country itself they called, Kemet, or black nation.

'Kem' is the term for black in the ancient Egyptian language. It is represented in hieroglyphs by a stick charred at both ends.”

"km.t, the name of Ancient Egypt in Egyptian; Egypt (Coptic: Kemi)

r n km.t, the native term for the Egyptian language

(Ref: The Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary, Vols 1&2, E.A. Budge, Dover.) 

Note: words inside brackets are the determinatives or word classifiers along with their English meanings.

Kem, kame, kmi, kmem, kmom = to be black 

Kememu = Black people (Ancient Egyptians) in both Ancient and modern Egyptian (Kmemou).

Kem [khet][wood] = extremely black, jet-black

Kemet = any black thing. Note: “t” is silent - pronounced Kemé

Kemet [nu][community, settlement, nation] = Black nation = Ancient Egypt.  

Kemet [Romé][people] = Black people. Ancient Egyptians. 

Kemit [Shoit][books] = Black books, Ancient Egyptian literature.  

Kem wer [miri][large body of water] = The Great Black sea (The Red sea). This sea is neither black nor red, this is in reference to which nation, Black or Red, at a particular time, controlled this body of water. 

Kemi fer = Black double house; seat of government. Note: by reference to Wolof again, we know that to make a plural of per or house, the “p” becomes an “f” or fer. Thus fero=great houses (double), it is not pero as Budge writes.

In Ancient Egyptian, the ordinary adjective always follows the noun it modifies, whereas a sanctified adjective usually comes before its noun.  The sanctified adjectives are:

Kem —  Black

Suten -  Royal

Nter —-  Holy, Sacred

Examples:

Kem ti = Black image, sacred image : ti oubash = white image  

Kem ho = Black face/title of a god   : ho oubash = white face  

Kem ta = Black land, holy land        : Ta deshret = Red land (also; Ta Sett) 

This rule does not apply when Black is used as a noun-adjective of nationality:  

Hompt Kemet = copper of Black; Egyptian copper :  Hompt Sett = copper of the Red nations; Asiatic copper  

Ro in Kemet (page 416a) = speech of Black; mute ro n Kemet = word of the mouth of Black; the Egyptian language

Kemet Deshret = Black and Red; good and evil; fertile and barren, etc.; Duality  

Deshretu (page 554a,b) = red ones, red devils.  Used also to refer to the Namu and Tamhu; not a complimentary label. 

African Origins: 

The following Ancient Egyptian words acknowledge the origins of Pharaonic Egyptian civilization; 

Khentu Hon Nefer (page 554a) = founders of the Excellent Order. Budge: “peoples and tribes of Nubia and the Egyptian Sudan.” For “Hon” see page 586b. 

Hon Nefer (page 1024b) = Excellent Order

Kenus (page1024b) = mighty; brave (from Kenu, page 772a)

Ta Khent (page 1051b/page 554b) = land of the beginning.  

Eau (page 952b/page 17b) = the old country  

Ancient Egyptian’s Worldview:  

The Egyptian’s view of the world was the exact opposite of the current Western one. To the Egyptian, the top of the world was in the south (upper) towards the African interior, the bottom (lower) towards the north, hence upper and lower Egypt; upper and lower Syria.”

"Oh yes, the black soil business.

Most scholars outside the modern western cover-up establishment have rejected the false interpretation some have given to Kemet, ostensibly alluding the term Kemet to the alleged ”black soil”  of Egypt. There’s nothing in the term, outside the imagination of western myth-makers,  to suggest the Egyptians referred to the color of the soil or sand, rather than the people, in naming their country. Our position is consistent with the testimony of the ancient Greek writers, eyewitnesses who unanimously described the Egyptians as a black people, closely related to the ”Ethiopians”.”

And white Hollywood casts white actors and gives them tans.

*internal sobbing*

i will never not reblog this. i know too many people who for real dont think Egypt is a part of Africa.

KNOW YOUR HISTORY

Behold the Linguistic Smackdown!

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amorellamoon:

So this is a thing that happened…
Christian Day, a pagan writer and store owner, sent me this love letter after outing my account name on Facebook. Like many people who have an alias on facebook, I have a rather good reason for doing so. (I have a Meatspace stalker, who use to mail me bits of dead things, and threaten my children, because he wanted me to bear only HIS children. It was a living nightmare that I lived for over six months.) Alas… I was not very happy with Mr. Day for this, and told him so.
This screenshot shows his response. 
You are not misreading that. He actually said “…if he rapes you, please call out my name while he does.”
Facebook has been less than helpful during all this… As a matter of fact, they have sided with HIM, yanking my post with this screenshot on it, and putting my account on a 24 hour hold for “Harassment.” of Mr. Day.
I have… No real game plan at this point, other than not allowing this to go unseen by the many Pagans on the web. I have had such an outpouring of support from my friends and the general pagan community on facebook that it honestly made me cry. On another note, I have had to un-relax, knowing my stalker is still out there and can find me now. But, I will not back down. This shit IS NOT OK for our so called “Pagan Leaders” to do.
Rock on my Beauties… Pass this along if you wish, repost it everywhere, and let us not allow this “Man” to have a moment peace until he answers for what he has done. 

Another reason I have nothing but contempt for this man. Aside from verbally abusive treatment of his employees and his bastardizing the Witchs’ Ball Samhin ritual (and following it up with blaring Sympathy for the Devil). He is a sensationalist business man, hardly worthy of the title “pagan leader”. He sells colored powders to tourists and calls himself a Warlock. Another leech giving Salem a bad name. While the rest of the community is talking about consent culture and accountability he encourages stalking and rape. Makes me sick.

amorellamoon:

So this is a thing that happened…

Christian Day, a pagan writer and store owner, sent me this love letter after outing my account name on Facebook. Like many people who have an alias on facebook, I have a rather good reason for doing so. (I have a Meatspace stalker, who use to mail me bits of dead things, and threaten my children, because he wanted me to bear only HIS children. It was a living nightmare that I lived for over six months.) Alas… I was not very happy with Mr. Day for this, and told him so.

This screenshot shows his response.

You are not misreading that. He actually said “…if he rapes you, please call out my name while he does.”

Facebook has been less than helpful during all this… As a matter of fact, they have sided with HIM, yanking my post with this screenshot on it, and putting my account on a 24 hour hold for “Harassment.” of Mr. Day.

I have… No real game plan at this point, other than not allowing this to go unseen by the many Pagans on the web. I have had such an outpouring of support from my friends and the general pagan community on facebook that it honestly made me cry. On another note, I have had to un-relax, knowing my stalker is still out there and can find me now. But, I will not back down. This shit IS NOT OK for our so called “Pagan Leaders” to do.

Rock on my Beauties… Pass this along if you wish, repost it everywhere, and let us not allow this “Man” to have a moment peace until he answers for what he has done.

Another reason I have nothing but contempt for this man. Aside from verbally abusive treatment of his employees and his bastardizing the Witchs’ Ball Samhin ritual (and following it up with blaring Sympathy for the Devil). He is a sensationalist business man, hardly worthy of the title “pagan leader”. He sells colored powders to tourists and calls himself a Warlock. Another leech giving Salem a bad name. While the rest of the community is talking about consent culture and accountability he encourages stalking and rape. Makes me sick.

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