Theodish Thoughts

Musings on Theodism, religion, mythology, history, and contemporary Heathenry

Category: Media

Nightline on Druid New Moon in UK

This was aired on the ABC News program Nightline last night:

I rather liked the piece. It did tend to come from a “they’re weird, but they’re harmless” angle, but I think that’s a huge improvement over some of the other coverage that Paganism has gotten in the media over the years. It certainly wasn’t a negative portrayal. Another small step on the road to mainstream acceptance.

(H/T to Wild Hunt)

Odin, Loki, and Thor

From the upcoming Thor film.

Hmmm… I find the costuming dubious (although it does kinda look like the costumes in the comic book), but Anthony Hopkins as Odin… I’ve got to say that has me intrigued.

(Via AICN)

The Good Old Days Indeed

Ryan Sayre Patrico, over at First Thoughts, has a typically ham-fisted response to a rather thoughtful piece by Laurie Fendrich at the Chronicle of Higher Education. She imagines a world where monotheism failed to take root, and he snarls back with a typical Christian response; such a world would be a living Hell because of the absence of the beneficent influence of Christianity, even attempting to make the point that the Peloponnesian War had a much higher death-rate than World War II. He fails to mention, of course, that the Peloponnesian War was not fought for religious reasons, but geopolitical ones. Athens wasn’t attempting to impose its version of Hellenic Greek paganism on Sparta.

Ms. Fendrich’s original point remains, however; polytheist societies are, as a rule, much more tolerant on a religious level than monotheist societies are, because implicit within polytheism is a certain tolerance of other beliefs. No one ever claimed pagans were free from war for other reasons, but knocking down that straw-man seems to compose the entirety of Mr. Patrico’s argument.

The example of Pagan Rome’s intermittent (and ultimately futile) repressions of early Christianity, of which commenter Mr. Mendez reminds us, is a special one; Rome was in fact noted for its tolerance of local cults and religious practices, even granting a special dispensation for the Jews from the requirement of Emperor-worship. The Christians ran afoul of them specifically because theirs was a new faith that sought to undermine the Roman faith; had Christianity been capable of co-existence with other religions (as did, for exmple, Mithraism, one of Christianity’s chief rivals at the time), I think the Roman response to it would have been vastly different.

Oh, and his link is incorrect. It should point to the article I linked above.

Two New Wicker Man Sequels?

(Tip of the horned helmet to The Wild Hunt Blog.)

It turns out that the creator of the original 1973, terrific version of The Wicker Man is in the midst of making a sequel! But the news gets even better. It turns out he intends to make a trilogy, with the third set in Iceland and called “Twilight of the Gods”. Woot!

At age 80, Robin Hardy shows no signs of slowing down: “I don’t feel my age particularly. I’ve got several more projects I’m working on, including a third part of the pagan trilogy, ‘The Twilight of the Gods,’ set in Iceland, reaching back to Wagner’s Ring Cycle. The Scandinavians had no written language when they landed in Iceland but they had a great oral tradition, great sagas, and that’s what inspires this, as the country of Iceland becomes a giant theme park under the aegis of a studio like Disney or Universal.”

“It’s not difficult for a conglomerate to take over a land of 300,000 people. Problem is: the Nordic gods don’t like the trivialization of their traditions and people start disappearing,” he continues. “The news is suppressed, of course, and all is denied, just like with the Iraq War, and the studio basically doesn’t care. But Icelanders, even the best educated, believe in fairies, and that fantasy is an extra dimension. You know how – in Wagner – the Rhine River rises and engulfs the stage? In Iceland, there’s a volcano that’s covered by a glacier. Occasionally, it melts on the underside. Basic geology. Huge geysers come up and water engulfs the countryside and the gods get the last word. Like so much, it’s based on truth.”

Read the whole thing here. (And there are pics, too!)

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