may no god be maligned or forgotten

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Ariel (who blogs at the marvelous Practical Polytheist) shared some important information:

So, regarding a list of the Gods in the graveyard, the .pdf file that the atheist students are using is here: https://www.secularstudents.org/sites/default/files/godgraves_all.pdf . 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.

This gives a sense of who the atheists were targeting – and some lovely images one could print off and use if they were going to do their own home version of the January 1st ritual.

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10 thoughts on “may no god be maligned or forgotten

  1. I just downloaded the document out of curiosity, and OK, aside from the fact that many, if not all of the named gods Whose worship originated in Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East have had worship revived for decades (if not at least around two centuries), I noticed, for the first time, that this list includes Aboriginal Australian deities, with an estimated “death” at around 1800CE?

    I have a lot of friends in Australia (for some reason), and some are at least partly of Aboriginal descent (usually from Queensland tribes). Their oral mythologies are still alive. There was even books as recenly as tbe mid-20th Century, written from interviewing Australian natives about their “Dreamings” (oral mythos) and practises. Hell, Captain Cook has even entered most (if not all) Aboriginal mythos as a sort of “satan”/adversary of the native people sent by wicked spirits to overthrow the traditions of the land. So it’s not only an inaccurate list, its kinda racist. Seriously, that’s ignorance that only white people can make –you know, the “natural” assumption that shortly after the arrival of white people with their white, white missionaries, to spread the word of their Whitewashed Jayzoos, the natives of everywhere just give up their indigenous deities.

    • Also, just in case people think I’m a moron, yes, I know that many people in Australian tribes converted, and many are only “rediscovering” their tribal identities and practises, but there are books that were written in the early 20th that culled tribal mythos from people who knew them. Clearly these are traditions that never truly died out.

    • That’s the second thing that bothers me about this. It’s not like these cultures just up and decided to dump all their idols in the trash-bin one day – this was often the result of conquest and genocide. Most contemporary Christians even frown on that sort of thing being done – but here are a bunch of kids willing to celebrate such atrocities in order to score a point. Sickening.

      Almost as sickening as the thing that bothers me most about this – they’re not being logically consistent. If you’re an atheist you believe there’s no gods, period. Doesn’t matter if one or one billion people venerate them there’s nothing there. (Hence the difference between atheist and agnostic.) And yet, that’s not how they’re presenting this. In fact I’ve even seen atheists discussing this where a couple of them objected to the inclusion of certain names in the demonstration since they still had sizable communities of worshipers in Asia. Why should that matter? Reality is not democratic. Back when I was an atheist for six months I got my infidelism by reading Sartre and de Sade and Schopenhauer – not Neil Gaiman.

  2. I echo Ruadhán’s statement with what is said about several Shinto deities, who apparently “died” in 300 BCE…!?!

    The dates given for the “deaths” of these gods I find extremely problematic, to say the least. Why do all of the Roman and Greek gods–if not dying earlier–seem to die at 300 CE, a few years before Constantine made Christianity legal (n.b., not “made polytheism illegal”–but of course you know that, Sannion!)?

    Putting aside how disrespectful, entitled, privileged, racist, and misbegotten this entire endeavor was, it also showcases that the folks responsible for it were just out-and-out stupid, too.

    • It’s also completely inaccurate. I mean, as far as Dionysos is concerned, we’ve got evidence showing continuous and widespread worship through the seventh century and then more intermittently until the ninth. Things are a little sparse there for a while and then beginning in the twelfth century there are all of these sporadic outbreaks and attempts at reviving his cultus – not to mention the strong allure he had for poets and painters and sculptors, etc. no matter how thoroughly Christianized their culture at the time. I bet there is not a single decade from the fall of Rome to now when someone hasn’t created art in his name. And since art is as much a part of his domain as wine and madness – I think that says something significant.

  3. Incidentally: I think I may just write about five or six (or ten-ish) poems that group these deities by pantheon/culture–there’s few enough of them that it should be easy to do that. And, if you want to supplement some by other poems I’ve written before, feel free…

  4. Virginia Carper

    I have a set of prayer beads for the Roman Gods, and prayers that I wrote for the beads. They include more than the ones on the Grave Stones. Would you want that set of prayers as well?

  5. Teka Lynn

    Is the image shown with Ishtar actually of Lilith? Can anyone confirm or deny?

  6. Senneferet

    The Ishtar image is of the Burney Relief (also known as the Queen of the Night Relief). It was always assumed it depicted Lilith but within the last couple of years some scholars have started to argue that it is Ishtar.

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