Let the Community Come Together to Honor Its Dead

One of the things that our Pagan and Polytheist ancestors would do when they returned from a sacred pilgrimage was set up commemorative stelai so that the stories and blessings they brought back with them could be shared with their community. I’ve been thinking of ways that I can do that, and while there have been my posts and pictures and poems I’ve wanted something more tangible as a holder of these precious memories.

So I’ve begun working on two projects – the first a small booklet containing my Accidental Pilgrim posts interspersed with some pictures. And for the second project I could really use your help. I want to put out a calendar with pictures from the various ossuaries and bone churches I visited illustrating my poem Walking the Bone White Road. The calendar will contain the phases of the moons and commemorative dates for our Pagan and Polytheist heroes and martyrs.  I thought about including festivals as well, but wanted this to be usable by people from many different Polytheist and Pagan traditions. I would also like to donate the proceeds from this calendar to a worthy charity as an offering to the dead. If you could make recommendations for Polytheist and Pagan dead who should be remembered as well as charitable causes relating to the dead it would be most appreciated.

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Posted on August 20, 2015, in Ancestors and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I nominate the last Pagan Emperor of Rome: Flavius Claudius Iulianus Augustus, a.k.a. Julian “the Apostate,” for heroically trying to reinstate traditional Roman religious practices and undo the policies of his nefarious uncle. An initiate in the Eleusinian Mysteries and a devotee of Kybele, he was also a gifted man of letters and philosopher.

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  2. I nominate Hypatia, beloved teacher, mathematician, and philosopher from Alexandria. She was torn apart by a mob of Christian fanatics. May she always be remembered.

    Excellent projects, Galina!

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  3. I’d like to nominate Nanny of the Maroons:

    Queen Nanny or Nanny (c. 1685 – unknown, circa 1755), Jamaican National Heroine,[1] was a well-known leader of the Jamaican Maroons in the 18th century. Much of what is known about Nanny comes from oral history as little textual evidence exists. However, historical documents refer to her as the “rebels [sic] old obeah woman,” and they legally grant “Nanny and the people now residing with her and their heirs … a certain parcel of Land containing five hundred acres in the parish of Portland …”.[2] Nanny Town was founded on this land.

    And would like to suggest this organization as a potential charity worthy of your project:

    http://www.doenetwork.org/

    Doe Network Mission Statement

    The Doe Network is a 100% volunteer organization devoted to assisting investigating agencies in bringing closure to national and international cold cases concerning Missing & Unidentified Persons. It is our mission to give the nameless back their names and return the missing to their families.

    We hope to accomplish this mission in three ways:
    – By providing exposure to these cases on our web site
    – By providing credible potential matches between missing and unidentified persons to investigating agencies
    – By striving to get much needed and deserved media exposure to these cases.

    This sounds like an amazing project, I’m looking forward to seeing it !

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  4. ganglerisgrove

    thank you all…i’m really quite moved by the Doe Network..i hadn’t heard of them before .

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  5. Charity…how about hospice?

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  6. I would like to nominate James L. Bianchi- druid, Pagan leader, teacher, activist, artist and musician:
    http://wildhunt.org/2015/05/james-l-bianchi-1949-2015.html

    As for charities, maybe something like History Flight:

    http://historyflight.com/nw/

    “History Flight is a non-governmental organization dedicated to finding, recovering and repatriating America’s war dead to American soil.”

    There may be something more global than that…

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