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LGBT History: Mythology III

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Homosexuality in the past shows clearly that the different cultures had words (and therefore mental constructs and concepts) of same-sex activity; however since the needs of agricultural/pastoral living require reproduction not only to work the farm but also to provide support for the parent in old age, it was expected that no matter what one's affectional preferences were that each individual would marry and reproduce. Sexuality in ancient Egypt was open, untainted by guilt. Sex was an important part of life - from birth to death and rebirth. Singles and married couples made love. The gods themselves were earthy enough to copulate. The Egyptians even believed in sex in the afterlife. Sex was not taboo. Even the Egyptian religion was filled with tales of adultery, incest, homosexuality and masturbation... with hints of necrophilia! Masculinity and femininity itself were strongly linked with the ability to conceive and bear children. Seth is the God of Desert, Storm and Chaos assoc…

Happy Father's Day

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Happy Father's Day everyone here is some of the Great Father of the Gods in myths and legend

Anu belongs to the oldest generation of Mesopotamian gods and was originally the supreme deity of the Babylonian pantheon. He was also "Father of the Gods", "Lord of the Constellations, Spirits and Demons", and "Supreme Ruler of the Kingdom of Heaven", where Anu himself wandered the highest Heavenly Regions. He was believed to have the power to judge those who had committed crimes, and to have created the stars as soldiers to destroy the wicked.
Ra is Egyptian sun god can be likened unto the Christian God, as a supreme deity and creator. He created the 8 great gods and the human race came from his tears.  As the first god aside from being more powerful than others, he is the Lord of Ma'at and essential to the survival of the universe. Akin to how a plant needs sunlight to live, with Ra as the Sun which feeds the plant; if Ra was to die then the universe, …

LGBT History: Mythology II

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I did the Greeks and the Roman last time. Now lets focus on the Norse/Viking but little warning the Christians are writing a lot of the Viking  mythology so errors and Christians' morality due happen.
Homosexuality in the Viking Age shows clearly that the Vikings had words (and therefore mental constructs and concepts) of same-sex activity; however since the needs of agricultural/pastoral living require reproduction not only to work the farm but also to provide support for the parent in old age and warfare, it was expected that no matter what one's affectional preferences were that each individual would marry and reproduce. There are no recorded instances of homosexual or lesbian couples in the Viking Age: moreover, the idea of living as an exclusively homosexual person did not exist in most cultures until present day Western civilization appeared.
Odin himself, the Allfather and King of the Gods, was justly accused of ergi or unmanliness because of his practice of seidr (mag…

LGBT History: Mythology I

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The long and short of it is the idea of “gay gods” and “lesbian goddesses” is about as silly to me as the idea that there are “straight gods” and “straight goddesses”. What I mean by this is that deities definitely appear to have their preferences. There are deities who are (at the very least) bisexual as we moderns would understand it, but the thing is, sexual orientation wasn’t really a thing until modern times. In many societies, as long as you “did your duty” and had children, you could have lovers “on the side” and no one would give a fuck.
If you were a man; at least it’s difficult to find a lot of material on lesbians in pre-modern societies (though depending on where and when you’re looking, you might have better luck). I think there is definitely a misconception among some that the phrase “gay/queer god” somehow means that I think the deity can only be worshiped by gay or bisexual men. Such people usually say “Well, I’m straight and I worship X.”  Let start with an easy grou…

Happy Memorial Day

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Death be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for, thou art not so,
For, those, whom thou think’s, thou dost overthrow,
Die not, poor death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures bee,
Much pleasure, then from thee, much more must flow,
And soonest our best men with thee doe go,
Rest of their bones, and souls’ delivery.
Thou art slave to Fate, Chance, kings, and desperate men,
And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell,
And poppies, or charms can make us sleep as well,
And better then thy stroke; why swell’s thou then?
One short sleep past, wee wake eternally,
And death shall be no more; death, thou shalt die.
  - John Donne

Today, a crowd of about 5,000 visitors will gather in Arlington National Cemetery to pay their respects to the soldiers and other enlisted personnel who are buried here. Like Memorial Day itself, the origin of Arlington Cemetery dates back to the Civil War. A tragic side effect of the war was that existi…

Happy Earth Day

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Mother Nature (sometimes known as Mother Earth or the Earth-Mother) is a common personification of nature that focuses on the life-giving and nurturing aspects of nature by embodying it, in the form of the mother. Ki is an earth goddess in Sumerian mythology Ninhursag was a mother goddess of the mountains, and one of the seven great deities of Sumer. She is principally a fertility goddess. Temple hymn sources identify her as the 'true and great lady of heaven' (possibly in relation to her standing on the mountain) and kings of Sumer were 'nourished by Ninhursag's milk'. Gaia "the Deep-Breasted One” is the ancient Greek Goddess of the earth; some said she was born directly from Khaos with Eros (Love) and Nyx (Night). She is credited with creating the universe, and is known as the mother of many including: Ouranos, the starry sky; Pontos, the sea; the mountains; the twelve Titans and Titanesses; the three Cyclopes, who had but one eye each; the three Hekatonkhei…

Spring Growth

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Spring begins with the first green shoots and explodes into a multitude of beautiful blossoms and promise of good harvest. Winter’s hardship and last year’s conservatism votes in West end with green progressivism with Dutch and hopeful the French.  Back to the story
In ancient times many festivals were held to celebrate the Gods and Goddesses of Spring and Nature who were associated with flowering, growth and fertility of the land and people.
Now below are the many faces of the springtime deity taken from myths from around the world.

Gods and Goddesses of Springtime
Eostre is the Germanic Goddess of Spring, Growth and Dawn.

Persephone is the Greek Goddess of Springtime and Flowers, Queen of the Underworld, Roman form as Proserpina.

Aristaeus is one of the most beneficent hero-gods of ancient Greece. He taught many useful agricultural practices

 Zephyr aka Zephyrus (Favonius) is the Greek God of Wind of the West and spring.

 Horae: Goddesses of the Season and Guardians of Olympus

Auxesi…

Happy Patrick's Day

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Some of the Popular Myths and Legends of Ireland
The Harp of the Dagda This story concerns the most ancient Irish Celtic gods, the first generation of the Tuatha Dé Danaan who had to fight off the giant races of the Firbolgs and the Formorians. Their history is found in the Lebor Gabála, ‘The Book of Invasions’. When the fairy race of the Tuatha Dé Danann arrived in Ireland, they came like a mist across the waters, bringing with them magical gifts. These were the Lia fail – the coronation stone, the spear of Lugh, the sword of Nuada, and the great cauldron of the Dagda, which was said to be able to restore life. The Dagda himself was known as the Good God and he was chief of the gods at this time. Besides his cauldron, he had a harp which was battle-scarred and made of oak. It was covered in rich decorations including a double-headed fish which ran up and down the curved pillar and had jewels for its eyes. Although he had a harper, Uaithne, he could also play it himself. The Dagda had…

Happy Valentine's Day

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Popular Gods and Goddesses of Love from around the world
Inanna was the oldest of the love goddess of the Mesopotamian region. She was a Sumerian goddess of love and war. Although she is regarded as a virgin, Inanna is a goddess responsible for sexual love, procreation, and fertility. Hathor (Het-Heru), meaning "House of Horus the Elder", was a goddess of many things, from the celestial to the alcoholic!  Hathor is one of the most beloved of Egypt's goddesses, a benevolent, understanding and stunningly beautiful figure responsible for all artistic endeavor and happiness in the world. Hathor brings happiness, romance and an appreciation for musical arts into our lives. Hathor was worshipped by both men and women in ancient Egypt. She presides over festivals whose sole purpose is to bring joy to the participants. Devotees of the Goddess were mostly dancers, musicians, and artisans. Dance and music were the sacred arts of Hathor and Hathor was thought to be the inventor of d…