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  1. Greetings;
    I am seeking fellow lovers of Mother Earth. As a Pagan Priestess I am fighting my 3rd (hopefully final) battle with the State of Wisconsin and the Department of Corrections. I encourage you to please read the following Link explaining what is happening… Thank you. Brightest of Blessings
    Chaplain Jamyi Witch

  2. Stefano says:

    Originally, the blurb on Michael Witzel’s book was longer:

    “Not since Frazer’s Golden Bough, not since Casaubon’s Key to All Mythologies, has anyone achieved such a grand synthesis of world mythology. Boldly swimming upstream against the present scholarly emphasis on difference and context, Witzel assembles massive evidence for a single, prehistoric, Ur-mythology. An astonishing book”

    Casaubon is, of course, a character in Middlemarch. Surely you have correctly interpreted Doniger’s meaning. It seems that OUP may not have, in time. The Casaubon reference was on Amazon, but has been edited out without ellipses! I wonder what the text is on the physical book! Surely Witzel himself must have seen the blurbs in advance of publication.

  3. Bonnie says:

    Chas – Since Google is killing its Reader I’m moving all of my RSS feeds to Yahoo. However, when I try to copy and paste your URL Yahoo will not accept it and when I try to click on the RSS feed icon on your site it comes up with a page of html code. Can you perhaps look at your blog site and see what’s going on with the RSS link?
    Thanks a million – I don’t want to lose the feed to your blog.


  4. Medeine Ragana says:

    Not sure how to contact you except by this method. Saw this today, May 12, 2013, on Time’s website: http://lightbox.time.com/2013/05/10/pictures-of-the-week-may-3-may-10/#4

    Really got excited because this is where my Grandfather was from. I knew that he practiced “double religion” (dvoeverie) but I had no idea it was still being practiced! Unfortunately, my die-hard Polish Catholic Grandmother put a stop to his practices as she called them, “blasphemy”.

    Anyhow… Thought you’d be interested in this link.

  5. Medeine Ragana says:

    Oh… here’s another link to this. http://www.reuters.com/news/pictures/slideshow?articleId=USRTR2M1IA#a=1

    Yurya, or St. George, was the Christian version of Perun (slavic), Perkunas (Lithuanian), Thor (Germanic). The iconagraphy is typical Indo-European version of a sky god slaying the “monster”, like Illuyanka being killed by Tarhunt. In the slavic case, it’s Veles, the god of the underworld by killed by Perun. Here’s a link to from 8th Century CE Croatia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Perun_i_Veles.JPG

  6. Great photos — thanks for the links.

  7. Elysia says:

    Hi Chas!
    I wanted to post a comment to your review of The Wizard and the Witch but it no longer seems open to comments.

    I just wanted to point out that Llewellyn has been increasingly interested in biographies in recent years; TW&TW is just the latest in the series, not the first. If you go back to 2009 we published a dual biography titled Aleister Crowley and Dion Fortune: The Logos of the Aeon and the Shakti of the Age. If you’re curious in learning more about East Coast Wicca in the late ’70s and ’80s, some insights on Isaac Bonewits, the rise of festival culture, etc., then I’d point you to Deborah Lipp’s memoir, Merry Meet Again: Lessons, Life & Love on the Path of a Wiccan High Priestess, which came out exactly a year before Oberon’s book.

    If these are received well by the community we’ll continue to publish them – I’m already in talks with certain other Pagan leaders interested in writing more autobiographical, and less how-to, material.

    Thanks so much for the review and getting the word out! I hope others enjoy the book as well! 🙂

    Elysia Gallo
    Senior Acquisitions Editor, Llewellyn Worldwide

  8. Just came across your blog today, Chas. It’s been a while since we’ve been in touch–hope all is well with you. I enjoyed the paper on Sappho and was interested by the references to Witzel, since I was very impressed by his book as well.

    Hope our paths cross again soon!

  9. Dear Chas:
    Just to let you know that Religion Watch, a newsletter monitoring trends in contemporary religion, is now open access, published by the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University. The issues up to Jan. 2016 are online, with the archives of 20 years worth of issues to be up soon. I would appreciate it if you could announce or list RW in you links. Thanks– Richard Cimino

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