31 Days of Devotion – Day 4 for Mani

4 .Share a favorite myth or myths of this deity

Well, we don’t really have many surviving myths about Mani, which I think is a shame. Given that our ancestors lived an agrarian lifestyle, we can surmise that the moon and sun Deities were of tremendous importance and it’s a shame that our surviving lore doesn’t reflect that. It’s not surprising however, given that the Eddas were recorded by an educated politician and poet, not a farmer. Just as different regions have significantly different variations in which Deities are predominant, I think the same can be said of different classes.

One thing we do know is that Mani has a soft spot for children that are ill-treated or neglected. In the surviving lore, we are told that Mani watched the girl Bil and her brother Hjuki carrying water and snatched them up into the heavens to become part of His household (there’s evidence that Bil at least became a minor harvest Goddess or was perhaps a powerful tribal Dis, and both names may have something to do with the phases of the moon). Modern devotees, independently of each other (through what some of us call peer corroborated personal gnosis) have come to interpret this story a little more deeply: it is believed that these two children were neglected by their parents and the moon, moved by compassion, rescued them.

Certainly for those of us involved in the restoration of Mani’s cultus today, His care for those marginalized by society seems evident: for neglected children, for the mentally ill, for the broken and wounded among us. He seems not only to care about humanity but to be moved by our suffering. He brings comfort and I have seen Him bring comfort to those hurting. That is a powerful thing, particularly from a God Whom I suspect was not always quite so tender and charming. There is a thinly veiled ferocity in Him that I suspect was once quite gleefully savage.

So since we are talking about known stories of Him, and since there are so very few, I think it is the story of Bil and Hjuki that points to key aspects of His nature and therefore this is the story that most stands out for me.

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Free-range tribalist Heathen, Galina Krasskova, has been a priest of Odin and Loki since the early nineties. Originally ordained in the Fellowship of Isis in 1995, Ms. Krasskova also attended the oldest interfaith seminary in the U.S.- the New Seminary where she was ordained in 2000 and where she later worked as Dean of Second Year Students for the Academic year of 2011-2012. She has even given the opening prayer at the United Nations Conference “Women and Indigeny”. Beyond this, she took vows as a Heathen gythia in 1996 and again in 2004, She is the head of Comitatus pilae cruentae and a member of the Starry Bull tradition. She has been a member of numerous groups through the years including the American Academy of Religion. She has also served previously as a state government contracted expert on the Asatru faith, and been a regular contributor to various print and online publications geared towards modern pagans and polytheists, and for a time had her own radio program: Wyrd Ways Radio Live. Ms. Krasskova holds diplomas from The New Seminary (2000), a B.A. in Cultural Studies with a concentration in Religious Studies from Empire State College (2007), and an M.A. in Religious Studies from New York University (2009). She has completed extensive graduate coursework in Classics (2010-2016) and is pursuing a Masters in Medieval Studies at Fordham University (expected graduation 2019) with the intention of eventually doing a PhD in theology. She has also been teaching University classes in Greek and Latin. As part of her academic career Ms. Krasskova has written a number of academic articles, and also presented at various academic conferences including Harvard University, Claremont University, Fordham University, Ohio State University, Western Michigan University, Villanova University, and the City University of New York. An experienced diviner and ordeal master, her primary interest is in devotional work and the reconstruction of Northern Tradition shamanism. Her very first book, The Whisperings of Woden was the landmark first devotional text to be written in modern Heathenry. Ms. Krasskova has a variety of published books available running the gamut from introductory texts on the Northern Tradition, as well as books on shamanism, runes, prayer, and devotional practices. She is also the managing editor of “Walking the Worlds,” a peer-reviewed academic style journal focusing on contemporary polytheism and spirit work and the first journal of polytheology. While very busy with teaching and school, she does also occasionally lecture around the country on topics of interest to contemporary Heathenry and polytheisms. A passionate supporter of the arts Ms. Krasskova enjoys going to the opera, theater, and ballet. Her affection for the arts began early as she discovered dance, which she pursued professionally becoming a ballet dancer: first with a regional company in Maryland, then in New York City. After suffering career ending injuries, she would find new forms of expression in the visual arts. For a few years Ms. Krasskova co-owned an art gallery in the Hudson River Valley of New York, and over a course of numerous years she has studied a multitude of art mediums: glassblowing, watercolor, acrylic, photography and more! She is now an avid collage artist, acrylic painter and watercolorist and has even enjoyed placement in international artist-in-residencies programs in New York, New Mexico, and Poland. Her work has been exhibited globally from New York to Paris. She has taken her passion for the arts and polytheistic devotion, to create the Prayer Card Project. Since so much religious iconography has been destroyed, or defaced in the course of human history, she is actively making new religious prayers and iconography available to the various modern polytheistic communities to support those who are building their religious communities, building their devotional practices, and hungering for art that represents their religious faith. All while also supporting the artists within these burgeoning communities.

Posted on August 4, 2016, in Heathenry, Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. This story is one of the things that got me really interested in Mani–thanks for sharing it here!

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  2. Along related lines to this tale of Mani’s, I’m looking at making some stuffed animals for kids that I’ll be working with that definitely qualify as neglected/abused children. I’d like to put some sort of charm/token inside the stuffing related to Mani, a protective item if you will. I was thinking a disk of fabric (white or silver) with Mani’s name stitched on in runes…it has to be something soft that’ll stand up to the general rough housing of children (much like the stuffed animal).

    Anyway, I was looking around for other possible ideas and thought this would be a good place to gather them.

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