Merri-Todd, over on Antinous for Everybody, has written a post about fanfiction and ancestor veneration. Of interest to the Other People is this quote:
The Romantic artist is the glorious solitary male, drinking himself to death to bear the burden of his splendid isolation, the condition of his creative gifts. …
The fanfic writer, or the fan artist, by contrast, is a girl, or a woman, surrounded by a community of other girls and women who are keenly interested in her output. …It’s a tremendous challenge to the male ego embodied in the artist myth.
Why is this relevant to the People? Partially because I am an unabashed fan of, well, fandoms themselves, but also because challenging the dominant paradigms of our culture is part of what the People should do. This does not have to mean activism in the form of marching on the streets, as that type of activism is not fit for everyone, but we should be aware of damaging myths and cultural stories that we (by our very existence) are capable of changing or challenging. The Four Gods display this act in a myriad of ways.
Merri-Todd has also written a poem for Antinous, titled ‘Antinous for Everybody’ like her blog. Not only do I worship Antinous, but he is connected to some of our spirits (in a purely personal doxa way), and P. Sufenas Virius Lupus wrote beautiful poetry on various meetings between our Dierne and Antinous for the 2013 Apotheosis of the Dierne. While I am, and likely always will be, incredibly wary of ‘connecting’ any of our gods to other ancient deities (or even other modern ones!), I do feel it is important to acknowledge them and to acknowledge where personal doxa suggests connections to other deities.
(In my own life, I worship Antinous on behalf of both myself and one of my spirits, who is intensely devoted to the god and requested that I provide devotion to Antinous if I were to continue working with that spirit. The idea of spirits worshiping gods, of perhaps having close devotional relationships that are purely devotional, is something I have not seen explored or discussed much, but which is an integral part to the Otherfaith. So I hope to explore this more later on.)
Jack, on Sidekick Ex Machina, has written ‘The Red’. It is a striking poem that is for both our own Laetha and a pop culture spirit Jack is working with. Please give it a read. (It was also linked it in the Other People’s Facebook group. If anyone is interested in participating in the group – whether they worship our gods, are interested in just one of our gods, or interested in the People themselves – please send me an email and you can join.)
Finally, on Between Ocean and Hills, Jenn has written on how she first encountered the Otherfaith and a bit of a religious crisis she had regarding it. Personally, I found the post humbling, and it reminded me of my own struggles this year on whether I should even continue discussing the Otherfaith or let it be. Ultimately, I want to write a longer reflection on Jenn’s piece and give it the response it deserves, and it has also prompted some peripheral thoughts that are worthy of exploring. So, many thanks to Jenn for writing this.
I guess, in the end, that’s why I’m still here. After dropping my devotion because of all that stress I could have easily ended my involvement. Or I could have been lame and used the excuse of drama to leave–but I didn’t. I took a couple of weeks for myself, and then realized that I wanted to be here.
I want to worship the Four Gods. I choose to worship them.
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