31 Days of Devotion – Days 9 and 10 for Mani

9. what are some Common mistakes about this deity

I think perhaps the most common mistake is that our moon God is female. Seriously, I’ve seen this come up (when a simple wiki search would show otherwise) quite frequently. I think Pagans are so used to the typical IE model of a moon goddess and sun god that when they get to the Norse it’s confusing at first. There are other traditions that also have a moon God/sun goddess, Romuva –Lithuanian polytheism—for instance. And there is a moon god in Kemeticism, and in Sumerian polytheism to name but a few but for those of us most familiar with classical pantheons (Greek and Roman), it can be a bit of a surprise and perhaps even seem like an anomaly.

I think perhaps second to that is simply lack of knowledge that He is a God with a working cultus. Odin, Thor, Frigga, et Al get all the attention and while Sunna is honored more frequently than Her brother ( perhaps because She is mentioned in the Merseburg charm and we have some evidence of sun veneration amongst our ancestors), we don’t really have a whole lot of evidence for Mani’s cultus in the past. I find it incomprehensible though that an agricultural community – and our ancestors were largely agricultural in the northlands—wouldn’t have venerated both the sun and the moon.

10 .what are common Offerings – historical and UPG

Well, I don’t know about historical offerings as we simply don’t have surviving records, but modern offerings are many. Off the top of my head: beads and jewelry, cookies and sweets (particularly anything with marshmallows), cheese cake, other pastries, Sambuca, marshmallow and other flavored vodkas.

Here’s something I wrote in “Dancing in the House of the Moon” about proper offerings:

Honoring Mani

Some of these suggestions are fairly obvious; others are drawn from my own personal experience both as a priest and ritual worker, and as a devotee of Mani. This list should in no way limit your own explorations and devotional work. Use it as a jumping-off point. I offer it to help, not to hinder. They are not based on lore, but on personal experience.

Symbols: obviously anything shaped like the moon or with the moon on it, hour glasses, old watch parts, knots, time pieces, calendars, mathematical equations, musical scores, beaded necklaces, mirrors, abacuses, beads, a flute.
Colors: blues, silver, black, purple/lavender, pale white.
Rune: Dagaz (I also happen to see Ehwaz with Him)
Stones: moonstone (obviously), labradorite, selenite, quartz, amethyst.
Food and drink: Sambuca, cookies (especially ones with marshmallows or odd shapes), angel food cake, peppermint flavored sweets, and I have found that He adores marshmallow flavored vodka.
Other Offerings: jasmine, carnations, night-blooming flowers, highly aromatic flowers, white flowers, mugwort, blue sea glass, any volunteer work or donations that benefit abused children or the mentally ill.
Things not to do: harm or abuse a child in any way; mock the mentally ill.

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Posted on August 10, 2016, in Heathenry, Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. While most people in paganism and polytheism do default to the Greek and Roman solar/lunar genders (unfortunately!), one of the interesting things I’ve read Indo-Europeanists talk about is that it actually tends to be the Norse pattern that is thought to have been originally Indo-European. Both Helen and Endymion in Greek myth have the potential to have been the “original” I-E solar and lunar Deities in those cultures; likewise with the Anatolian moon-God Men. Irish culture (despite what some people say) also likely had a solar Goddess–possibly reflected in Gráinne–and a lunar God (various likely candidates, including Midir and even perhaps Mac ind Óc). Then, of course, there’s the I-E pantheons that have the Deities of both sun and moon as one gender, e.g. Hinduism, with Chandra and Surya both being male, etc. And, I always like to look at Plato’s myth (in Aristophanes’ mouth) in the Symposium of the sun being male, the earth being female, and the moon being androgynous/both…but, I would, wouldn’t I? 😉

    I’ve also encountered that gender short-sightedness in some western Shinto practitioners (who also happen to be pagan) and should really know better…I heard one, who has a degree from a Shinto university in Shintoism, say that the Shrine here in WA “probably thinks” that their main female kami is the moon Goddess, when in fact Shinto only recognizes one lunar kami: Tsukiyomi-no-mikoto, who is the brother of Amaterasu-Omikami.

    But then again, for so many people in certain mainstream forms of minority religions, it has to be all about the menses and therefore no one else can “own” the moon other than the wimminz (gender essentialism, whether from patriarchal sources or from its counter-movements, is equally bad no matter what, I have always thought)…which is too bad, because I think having lunar Deities of several different genders is a much better idea. Why not share these things around a bit? The moon is surely big enough for all of them! 😉

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