I’ve been pondering the recent theft of the Manannan Mac Lir statue in Ireland by Christian
fundamentalists terrorists (I refuse to call this type of thing anything other than what it is: a type of emotional, spiritual, and at times physical terrorism). This angers me. It saddens me. It does not surprise me. This is a continuation of tactics almost as old as Christian dominance itself. It sickens me. As a scholar whose academic research largely focuses on late antiquity, every time I read of the random, self-righteous destruction of a temple, grove, sacred space, holy image I seethe, and apparently nothing much has changed.
I can’t do anything about this violation of His image. But I can do some small thing to honor Him. I’m commissioning a prayer card for Him. I will offer it to anyone who wants it for free for the first three months that it’s available (after which it’ll be priced the same as the others). I’m waiting to hear back from one of the wonderful and talented artists who have been kind enough to collaborate with me on my prayer card project. Once I have more information I”ll post it here. Stay tuned.
And in the meantime, I’m going to be doing some ritual work and making offerings to Manannan over the next couple of weeks. May this theft result in thousands upon thousands of prayers and offerings, in acknowledgement and veneration of Him and all the Powers.