It’s very difficult to get the kind of writing I want for this book done in the hospital, so I’ve mostly been brainstorming, jotting down notes, and looking forward to getting out of here so I can do this project justice (I.e. get super baked and write like a wild man.) However I’ve been spending a lot of time praying and to aid my efforts I put together a collection of hymns and poetry honoring primarily Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Norse divinities. At first this was just going to be for my own use while here but then I realized that it would compliment Thunderstruck with Wine and Hymns and Prayers of a Polytheist Household (which I co-wrote with my wife Galina) nicely. Although it already comes in at a hefty hundred and one pieces there’s plenty of room for more – and so I’m expanding the sponsorship program. If you’d like to see someone from one of those pantheons included Paypal me (firstname.lastname@example.org) $20 and I’ll write something for them. If they’re from outside those pantheons shoot me an email and let’s talk. I’m not about excluding anyone – divine or otherwise – but I just happen to be more familiar with these cultures and their Gods and Spirits.
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$20 for each Deity?
Yup. Well, per hymn.
Sounds like a Lucian bit. “Deities for sale!”
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I know you know this, but I’m going to say it here for those who don’t. He works his ass off for the Gods, which you know. Writing is hard work. To write a proper hymn, means to purify oneself and approach the God in question in a way that is open and receptive — and that can be very uncomfortable. hell, it can hurt!. Then what you get has to be interpreted and translated and carefully set into language in a way that doesn’t lock all the doors and windows to theophany but becomes a word-charm that allows theophany to happen. I’m ok if he charges. writing is hard work!
Yes I really should have clarified what I was responding to. I meant that the idea that it could be said as “$20 per deity” instead of “$20 per hymn” reminds me of the work by Lucian Philosophies For Sale where Zeus has Hermes auction philosophies.
It is 100% reasonable for a rhapsode to expect payment. In fact, the final Homer hymn is addressed to the hosts of the event the poet is singing at for this very reason. So yes, Sannion should be paid for his services
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