Oh heeeeell no. We are not going to play this game.
Pan is a Hellenic God. From the Hellenic pantheon. Which is HARD POLYTHEIST.
Loki and Odin are Heathen Gods from the Germanic pantheon. Which is HARD POLYTHEIST.
Cernunnos is a Gaulish God from the Gaulish pantheon. My token Gaulish polytheism expert doesn’t appear to be online at the moment but I am fairly certain that is HARD POLYTHEIST as well.
The thing is, these Gods all have well-established religious practices. Practices that have modern followers. And you come along with your sixty-year-old manufactured religion, and fine, whatever, follow that religion if you want. But you don’t get to come over here and appropriate our Gods and bastardize them. That’s unacceptable. Worship Odin if you’d like. Worship him in a syncretic/eclectic manner if you’d like. Worship him in a non-recon manner if you’d like.
But worship ODIN, not the weird half-celtic sexgod with horns you’ve randomly applied Odin’s name to for no reason. Because that is not Odin. That is the Horned God. Odin is a scary bastard with one eye who likes mead and will fuck your shit up. Odin does not have horns and is not a fertility god. Neither is Loki. Neither is Osiris. Nobody fucking knows what Cernunnos is because there’s pretty much no info on him other than a couple pieces of art. And Pan? Pan is a panic-inducing shepherd god.
And if you do appropriate our Gods for your oddly-sex-obsessed manufactured pop culture lifestyle, don’t you dare claim we don’t get to be pissed off about it. These Gods have thousands of years of history. These Gods were worshiped thousands of years before Gardner first earned his “dirty old man” title.
This is JUST AS MUCH appropriation as anything else that’s been accused of appropriation. The only difference is, you aren’t a little white girl going around stealing shit from other ethnic groups, you’re a little fluffypagan stealing shit from other, and far more organized and systematic, religions.
There is one thing that is an undeniable fact. Wicca is manufactured. It was written and created by one man as a bastardization of other religions. It is practically the same damn age as Scientology, for fuck’s sake. Let that sink in.
Believe in it if you want. I have no intention of trying to stop you.
Or believe in Hellenic polytheism. Or Asatru. Or Kemetic reconstructionism.
But believe in it. Ain’t nothing wrong with believing a guy with horns gets reborn every year. But BELIEVE IN IT, and stop appropriating shit from the religions of others and then getting it horribly fucking wrong as an added insult.
And if you insist on doing that, don’t be fucking surprised when someone gets pissed off and accuses you of appropriating shit you don’t understand. Because I’m done playing nice with this fluffy neopagan bullshit.
-drops microphone and walks off-
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