Molon labe

god graveyard

On Halloween a group of campus atheists tried to put our Gods and Goddesses in a graveyard.

Throughout the ensuing discussion in the overlapping pagan and polytheist communities the issue of free speech was repeatedly brought up.

The thing about free speech is that it goes both ways.

However there’s no point trying to dialogue with people like that; they’ve already made up their minds.

And isn’t everyone just a little tired of this constant communal bickering?

Instead let’s use our words to praise and celebrate the Holy Powers maligned by these rebellious children.

On Wednesday, January 1st 2014 at 10:00 PM EST Wyrd Ways Radio will conduct a community ritual live on air to help balance this affront.

Members of House Sankofa will make offerings in atonement to the 200 Deities collectively, and then a second round of offerings will be made for the restoration of the worship of all Gods everywhere. Then we will begin reading prayers and poetry to the Deities whose names were used in this crass publicity stunt. Each piece will be something contributed by a member of the community and we will also open the phone-lines in case anyone would like to call and read their own work.

Not only is this the right thing to do but it’s a chance for us to come together in peace to honor our Gods and Goddesses.

Shouldn’t that be how we start this new year?

If you would like your work to be read as part of the ritual, send it to before showtime.

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  1. Alex

    I have a question though…why should -we- beg forgiveness of the Gods for -their- ignorance?

    • It’s atonement, not redemption – those are very different notions. This is about balancing hatred with love.

    • For the same reason that we console our friends when they are attacked and abused by other people.

      “Atonement” is not the same as “begging forgiveness.”

      • Beautifully put. I think this is an opportunity to try out a different model of behavior in the community. Instead of lashing out at those who attack us, we put that energy and focus on the gods. Imagine how much more could get done that way.

    • Why tell a friend that you’re sorry when someone else hit their dog with a car? It’s not seeking forgiveness for something some-one else did, it’s atoning for bad deeds with good, regardless of the source.

  2. Let me know how I can help…

    • Pick a couple names off the list (perhaps some of the more obscure ones, since people may not be willing or able to research them properly) and then write something moving for them.

  3. Virginia Carper

    Question: Where is the complete list of these Gods? I do believe Di Penates was on the list. Will write something for Them.

  4. Forgiveness is good, too. Free speech should never trump taste, an the faithful, whoever they happen to be, should have protested the display into oblivion.

    • I think it brings up the interesting question – are we responsible for the actions of our neighbors? More community-focused cultures than our own would have given an emphatic yes. Tragedy is founded on the notion that the debt for our grievous actions can pass on to our descendants. I understand why such ideas make modern people uncomfortable – especially after almost a century of advertising agencies trying to convince everyone that they are lone wolves and rugged individualists who decide their own fates and are answerable to no one. But aside from all of those weighty issues, I just think it’s a cool opportunity to do something good for our gods. Who needs a reason beyond that?

  5. “…I just think it’s a cool opportunity to do something good for our gods.Who needs a reason beyond that?”

    Indeed. Well, put. I like that we are turning this sadness into a positive thing. :-)

    • It’s like Alexander Ebert sings in Truth:

      I’ve seen a million numbered doors on the horizon
      Now which is the future you choosen before you gone dying
      I’ll tell you about a secret I’ve been undermining
      Every little lie in this world comes from dividing
      Say you’re my lover
      say you’re my homie
      Tilt my chin back, slit my troath
      Take a bath in my blood, get to know me
      All out of my secrets
      All my enemies are turning into my teachers

      Light’s blinding
      No way dividing
      What’s yours or mine when everything’s shining
      Your darkness is shining
      My darkness is shining
      Have faith in ourselves

  6. harmonyfb

    What a beautiful idea. :) Is there a list of the divine names so that we at home can also participate?

    • I don’t know if there’s a more complete list than the one I linked above.

      I think it’s a wonderful idea for folks do their own observances. The more this thing can result in worship and honor for the gods, the better.

  7. This is a fantastic idea. I will definitely look at the list and get to work on something. Thank you for the heads up.

  8. as an aside, I know we don’t have a more complete list, but we’ll be making an offering to all those Gods whose names we were not able to find/see/read/etc. from that horrendous graveyard. We’ll be including an offering to all those maligned whom we were unable to directly name.

  9. The real trouble: Picking which or how many of the gods to write something For…one only has so many hours in the day.

  10. On the other hand, as Oscar Wilde said, “The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.” Or to put it another way, sometimes, there is no such thing as bad publicity.

    So, regarding a list of the Gods in the graveyard, the .pdf file that the atheist students are using is here: . Although the file includes “headstone” pages students can print out, the pages themselves could be, otherwise, considered very nice publicizing for our Gods. ;-) Each page includes an image of the deity, the date scholars — or the Church — apparently imagine that the worship of the individual God stopped, and even who the God is. I guess the Atheist students can’t see that they just spread the word on at least one hundred of our Gods.

    Indeed, this site, , has lots of comments including one saying that someone started leaving wine offerings for Freya, presumably at her “headstone” image. And seeing that comment some Scandinavians got pretty angry about the “damn Americans suggesting Freya is dead!” Oh, boy. What a mess.

    (Apparently more of these demonstrations may be in the offing since membership of Atheist organizations went up after such demonstrations. (See point number 1 in “Walkthrough” on this page: ). )

    • Virginia Carper

      Many thanks for the link Ariel. I found more Roman Gods that I have written prayers for and have prayed to daily or during their Feasts. Sigh, some of the info about Them is wrong. I also have prayers for Uni, the Etruscian (sp) Goddess.

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  13. You are welcome Virginia. :-)

    Sannion, I have announced the Wyrd Ways Radio ritual on my blog:

    • Thanks for boosting the signal!

      P.s. still got your e-mail in my inbox; will respond when I get back from New Orleans.

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