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.

About ganglerisgrove

Galina Krasskova has been a Heathen priest since 1995. She holds a Masters in Religious Studies (2009), a Masters in Medieval Studies (2019), has done extensive graduate work in Classics including teaching Latin, Roman History, and Greek and Roman Literature for the better part of a decade, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Theology. She is the managing editor of Walking the Worlds journal and has written over thirty books on Heathenry and Polytheism including "A Modern Guide to Heathenry" and "He is Frenzy: Collected Writings about Odin." In addition to her religious work, she is an accomplished artist who has shown all over the world and she currently runs a prayer card project available at

Posted on January 30, 2015, in Celtic Things, Prayer cards and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Do you have a prayer for the card yet?

    If not, are you planning on writing it yourself, or do you want someone to step up and also give of themselves for Him? (This is me volunteering, if it’s not blatantly obvious…I’ve been thinking on this sacrilege very deeply myself in the last few days.)


  2. I hope these cards flood Ireland so it can reach the self righteous bastards and make them choke on their own bile.


  3. Jennifer, I would love for you to do the Manannan prayer and THANK YOU a thousand times for volunteering.

    Jose: YES, YES, and yes.


  4. Trying not to feel enraged over this act and it’s not working. Manannan is a god I’ve prayed to when staying on the foggy NorCal coast(a nice change from the hot and dry Central Valley!). A photo of this statue has adorned my screen as a wallpaper in the past. May it be returned and the criminals prosecuted. I’ll keep my eyes open for when the prayer card becomes available. Thank you for doing this!


  5. Go ahead, steal the statue. Steal a million statues. It will do them no good. Childish, repulsive acts like that do nothing but strengthen my resolve to worship the Holy Powers. I’m not a devotee of Manannan, but I may begin making offerings to Him simply to spite the bastards that stole His statue.


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