QOTD

“Sometimes I am amazed at how difficult it is for humans to understand worship and faith and participate in it.  My dog, Gods keep him, acknowledged the presence of the Gods and acted appropriately when rituals where conducted around him.  I don’t understand why humans are having a harder time with this then he did, and can be so disrespectful and dismissive of it.” –Tatyana V.

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 wyrdcuriosities.etsy.com.

Posted on July 21, 2018, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Humans who don’t (or won’t) understand proper ritual conduct and basic piety generally have things like emotional issues or a huge, swollen, oversized ego getting in the way.

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  2. In my experience and humble opinion, dogs and cats are connected with their authentic selves. They recognize holiness and respond to it with respect and piety.

    Many humans lost that connection during the conversion and had something foreign inserted in its place.

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  3. Speaking of impiety – there is a question I have been dying to ask since the recent post on interfaith groups, but I have been too embarrassed.

    How do you make right after participating in a ritual or group that is disrespectful?

    I spent many years as a solitary pagan and polytheist, because I lived in an area where the culture was unusually hostile to such things. When I moved to a large urban center and university town, I immediately got involved in pagan events and groups. I was desperate to be a part of a community. To one group , in particular, I donated hundreds (or more) volunteer hours, a great deal of money, handcrafted ritual items…everything I could give.
    As I learned over the years, the people running and organizing these events and rituals often did not believe in the gods as anything more than thoughtforms or maybe archetypes, or were at the core monotheists or Christians with a thin overlay of pagan dress. Their disrespect spread from their relationship with the gods, to their relationship with the land, to the ancestors, and to other people, and I played along and became complicit.
    Now that I’ve left and can stand back, I feel heartsick at the compromises I made to please these groups. The service I gave to these communities distracted from and damaged my relationships with the holy powers instead of strengthening them.

    I know you have written some things already on this subject – your article about the 100 days of devotion to Apollo comes to mind – and if you have other writings you would recommend I would be deeply grateful.

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