Thursday, 26 March 2009

Pagan Poetry Competition

"Inspirations"

The Pagan Poetry Pages are proud to announce the latest poetry competition. Take either of the images provided at the website - and write a poem. The best, most original take on it wins!

The winner will recieve a great prize: a £20 gift voucher for either Amazon UK or Amazon US AND a free copy of "Pagan Paeans", the first Pagan Poetry Pages anthology, which is to be released on May 1st, 2009! Post your entries at the Pagan Poetry Pages website, in the section entitled "PPP competitions". Just follow the instructions posted there.

If you are not already a member, register, it's free and very easy to do! If you have any queries please email ppp at anfianna.com.


Tuesday, 24 March 2009

The Myths

I have been following with interest a conversation about myths and how they are viewed by pagans. This stems from a comment whereby someone said:

Hellenic/Romanesque pagans ... [can't] ... all literally believe their myths actually happened.

I thought this rather presumptious. To my mind, the myths did occur. Maybe not exactly as we hear (or read) them today (generations of bards altering each tale to suit their listening audience), and maybe not in this world, but certainly in one form or another. I'm sure some of the characters may have changed, or merged (as he scriptwriters are want to do when rendering a book suitable for a screenplay), descriptions may have altered, feats exaggerated and so on, but that's not to say that the feats of the gods, heroes and ancestors didn't occur at all.

I am also of the belief that the myths were not concocted simply as a means of informing our ancestors of the best way to live their lives. In some instances, this may be true, but surely not all?

Perhaps I am taking things too literally myself?

Thursday, 5 March 2009

Pagan Poetry Pages Anthology

I spent a considerable amount of time last night working through the anthology for the Pagan Poetry Pages, so, hopefully it will be out before the Summer solstice.

I must say I am pleased with the submissions and will be happy to purchase several copies: one or two for myself and a few for my friends, too.

I just hope that Fate decides not to throw more spanners into the works.