Reading is Fundamental
I recently saw an aggregate blog, started by a couple of the most assed up pagans i’ve ever known who couldn’t reason their way out of a paper bag, that mentioned Miasma. Typically and unsurprisingly it demonstrated a complete lack of comprehension of what miasma is. You know, I sometimes wonder if the G&R crowd have basic literacy skills. After all, not only are our blogs fairly clear about the whole thing but there is a wealth of academic knowledge on the subject as well, starting with Parker’s seminal work “Miasma.” Reading really is fundamental, folks.
Anyway, on this website an author makes the comment that to a Gaelic polytheist ‘our Gods are not unclean.’ Thank you, Captain obvious. Again, have you bothered to read anything we’ve written or, more likely, are you purposely muddying the waters? No one in anything having been written by anyone who actually comprehends what miasma is has said anything about the *Gods* being unclean.
Miasma isn’t a question of the Gods being unclean, it’s a question of us — the human part of that equation — being in a state that renders us unclean. Moreover, there is no value judgment on that word ‘unclean.’ Not one of us is playing Diamanda Galas screaming out the verses of Leviticus “unclean! unclean!” as though someone miasmic has to be stoned. Being unclean as a result of miasma is a simple matter to rectify. Sometimes it even occurs as a result of normal and good things. When I engage with my dead, for instance, tending my ancestor shrines or visiting cemeteries, I am unclean. I am fit for contact with the dead but not for sacred spaces of my Gods. I cleanse and all is well.
Perhaps we should be glad that these people don’t tend to their physical hygiene with the same care that they so obviously do not give their spiritual.