Hail to the Widower and his lost Bride

Ironically enough, two years ago around this time I posted the piece Dionysos and the Jews, which discusses his history with this people and emphatically denounces anti-Semitism in all its forms. I guess New Years is the time to honor Yahweh at the House of Vines.

I’m tempted to write more about Beit She’an (otherwise known as Nysa or Scythopolis) the Judaean city said to be founded by Dionysos and settled by a contingent of his Ukrainian troops (which would be a nice nod to the Starry Bear side of things) as well as the final resting place of one of his Nurses.

However, if I were to write more on this theme I’d probably discuss Asherah, the wife of Yahweh who was stolen from him when the Israelites slid into the error of monotheism, as she does not receive nearly enough attention or honors these days. (Something that causes him great sorrow, from the impressions I’ve gotten from Yahweh in ritual.)

Instead I’ve got other writing projects clamoring for my attention, including some stuff on Lenaia which is fast approaching. Still, I’d encourage my readers to take a moment and reflect on the Widower and his lost Bride. May they one day – soon – be reunited!

7 thoughts on “Hail to the Widower and his lost Bride

  1. I really hope someone starts some kind of reconstructed Polytheistic Judaism tradition. It’s not work I’d want to be involved with but it is something I hope happens. The more I hear about Polytheist Yahweh the more I feel like it’s time for people to reconcile with Him in a healthy way. Not to be devoted to Him but to not hate Him.

    Io Iao Sabaoth! Hail to the God of the Jews!

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    1. There’s a bunch of folks reclaiming polytheistic Judaism, particularly in the Israeli kibbutzim. In fact, I did a lecture on Hekate at Pantheacon back around 2005 or ’06 which was attended by a little old lady who sat in the back of the room knitting and nodding along occasionally. Later, we met up in an elevator and she had this sweet, gentle, but commanding and wise energy about her. Turns out she was a major figure in the movement and had been fighting to restore the worship of Asherah in her homeland since the 1960s. I wish I’d recognized her at the time so we could have discussed it – I mean, fuck. That’s someone deserving of the title of elder if ever there was, especially doing that work in Israel of all places. Though I hear it’s popular not just in the kibbutzim, but with the military and younger generations too. A lot of them apparently feel the hardships their people have endured are a result of turning their backs on their ancestral Gods and it won’t change until they welcome them back. Not my place to comment on that, but I fully support the efforts of any group to reclaim and revive their polytheistic traditions.

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  2. When I was taking my first steps away from Christianity, I studied Judaism for a while. And I started praying to the Shekinah. Which among more Spiritual Jews as the Feminine side of Ha’shem (the Name. Used by Jews in reference to Yaweh). I wasn’t ready at the time to embrace Polytheism yet, but I would say my prayers to Shekinah (and in front of a statue of the Virgin Mary because I saw her imagery as how I saw Shekinah).

    I find it fascinating that a possible place for Nysa is in Israel as well as the ties Dionysos has with Jews/Samaritans(?). Lately I have been thinking about the history of Israel especially the time of the split of Israel into Judea and Israel and how long Israel remained Polytheist. And at times I felt a bit guilty thinking about Judaism and Yahwism….good to know I can relax a bit.

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    1. Oh, that’s a lovely idea of using Mary’s image to honor Shekinah, as in many respects she was a mortal incarnation of the Goddess.

      And that’s one of the great things about polytheism – it can incorporate elements of Christianity, Judaism and even Islam though the reverse is not true. At least as far as official, institutional monotheism goes – on the folk level that happened all the time, and is still going on, for instance with Santa Muerte or the Sufi and Zar cults of North Africa. (Though, sadly, the latter are in danger of being wiped out by Wahhabism, especially with the ascension to political power of the Muslim Brotherhood after the Arab Spring in Egypt.)

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  3. Something I forgot to mention is that I believe Lenaia is roughly around the time of my Birthday. January 25th.

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