A Touch of Midwestern Gothic

In the woods at Camp Gaea, site of the Heartland Pagan Festival, a kind of lingam shrine.

On top of it, a decomposing teddy bear.

That makes me think of the first season of True Detective, among other things.

4 Comments

  1. Ian Elliott says:

    Or a Mongolian-Siberian shamanist sacred pilla called an oboo.

    • Chas Clifton says:

      Maybe, but when I spoke of the lingam shrine, people there knew which one I meant.

    • Medeina Ragana says:

      I’m not sure that an oboo is a cairn. My understanding is that an oboo actually is a tree trunk stuck into a cairn and represents the world tree. This info comes from Sarangarel’s book “Riding Windhorses”. Sarangarel died a number of years ago.

      • Medeina Ragana says:

        Sorry, hit the comment button before I was ready. The emphasis is on the world tree, not the cairn. ::shrugs:: On the other hand, the pre-Buddhist Tibetans used cairns frequently and they also were “ancestor worshipers” (as probably was everyone on the planet at one time), so maybe that’s where the difference is. ::shrugs again:: For me, this is all mere speculation of course.