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Pagan Blog Project: Culture and, well, Cock.

10 Feb

At last, caught up. And we are on the C’s. I had fun with this one, but I’m looking forward to only doing one at a time.

Cultures

To be pagan means that you have to explore cultures. Modern, Ancient, near and far, open and closed and all in between.

Wait, closed? What the heck is that?

One of the biggest complaints against Eclectics is that they explore things shallowly, and not making the connections in context. And one of the big things about our modern internet culture is about being open and free to make connections where we see fit. This is wonderful, reinforcing that humanity is closer to each other than we want to believe sometimes, and can be somewhat  othering-destroying and unifying. There’s a problem though, what do we do when the  cultures we want to explore say no, this is not yours?

This is one aspect of a closed culture, and an ethical question that pagans will probably have to face at some point. We don’t like being told no. At least I don’t, but I also feel it’s important to respect cultural boundaries. It’s basically a question of do your research when you are working with a culture not your own.

In my own ethical thinking, I deal a lot with context: Where is the closed culture coming from? Most of the time, it’s based on wanting to preserve their uniqueness. Sometimes though, it’s more fear of change. I do see a difference between the two, and I distinguish the two by seeing what happens when someone within the culture wants to make a change. A Closed Culture will evaluate and make room, a fearful one with want to squash it out.

There’s no perfect answer to how to work with culture not your own, and especially closed ones. The best actions I’ve found is to start with a foundation of respect, research and active listening.

 

Cock

Now, I’m not as unabashed a cock worshiper  as Sannion is. But when you get down to it, Ancient Greece was all about the cock. Phallus everywhere, and trust me, I have an English degree, we are trained to see phallus where there is none, and the Greeks? They loved it. They piled representations of cock in baskets, stacked rocks for symbolism, and because there are gods in all things, there’s Priapus.

The hammer is my penis.

So hey, I’ve got a god with a giant dick who guards gardens and goats, and merchant sailors. And what protects can hurt, and myth is full of sexual assault, rape, and just plain sexual WTF-ness. Cock guards the boundaries, and, yep, penetrates them.

If you are going to be pagan, if you are going to embrace the aspects of paganism that deal with nature, fertility, ecstasy and mystery, you got to get comfortable with the penis. It’s an omnipresent symbol and fact of reality. Cock is at the beginning of all things. Want to play an awkward pagan game? Which came first, the dick or the womb?

Also, cocks are fun to play with.

 

 
4 Comments

Posted by on February 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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4 responses to “Pagan Blog Project: Culture and, well, Cock.

  1. San

    February 10, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    lol Priapus xD Love the Capt. Hammer reference.

    I love the whole Herms thing. I wish someone hadn’t gone along knocking all the cocks off. The idea of rubbing roadside cocks for luck is awesome.

     
  2. A Feast of Spirits

    February 15, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    It had crossed my mine to write one of my C-letter PBP posts on cock (even if seemed a bit tacky or irreverent) but then I was like….meh. I’m glad and amused to see someone else did use cock for one of the C-letters, lol. Blessings.

    P.S. Sannion’s love of the cock is quite inspiring. Gotta love it!

     

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