Be aware that this Tumblr frequently includes pictures of art made with animal remains, as well as rampant feminist opinions, corgis and bats, and lush landscapes.
Artist, author, (neo)shaman, and wannabe polymath living in the Pacific Northwe(s)t.
I discovered neopaganism in the mid-1990s, and shortly thereafter began my work with animal totems and neoshamanism. Over the years I've wandered through various paths, ranging from Wicca-flavored neopaganism to Chaos magic, but for the past few years I've been creating Therioshamanism, a post-industrial neo-shamanic path. I've also been creating various neopagan ritual tools and other sacred art from hides, bones, beads and other such things since about the same time. And I've written several nonfiction books on totemism, animal magic, and related topics. Currently working on "New Paths to Plant and Fungus Totems".
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SecularWitch: This is a survey meant to bring up unpopular opinions about certain topics within Paganism, Witchcraft, and Occultism specifically related to Magical Traditions. So if you get offended, know that you were already prepared for that joyous feeling of offense!
SecularWitch: So tell me…
Regarding animal sacrifice—not all animal killing is “sociopathic”. In fact, most isn’t. Anyone who’s ever hunted their own food isn’t a sociopath for it. And regarding religious animal sacrifice, Afro-Caribbean religions such as Vodou and Santeria which do practice it under certain circumstances are not rife with crazy people killing house pets. The animals (chickens, etc.) that are killed are killed humanely and generally are eaten afterward. The same goes for a handful of Norse and other European reconstructionist pagans who also practice animal sacrifice.
Heathenry has what is essentially a “sacred barbecue”, involving the ritual slaughter of usually a cow or pig (which has been raised for that purpose, anyway). The animal is humanely slaughtered and then consumed as part of the ritual. Its bones and hide may also be used to make all sorts of things for those who have the skill and inclination, but that’s not essential.
The other hugely problematic thing here is that to this day animal remains are used as “evidence of Satanic cult activity” and is considered criminal by police pretty much nationwide. This puts Santeria and Voudou practitioners under some pretty heavy discrimination and subjects them to unfair and inaccurate media circuses where wide-eyed reporters ask them stupid and uninformed questions (like, “Do you consider yourself a Satanist?”) about their ways of life to add “an air of the exotic” (that’s some bullshit by itself) to their report.
Either way, saying that animal sacrifice is taboo (implied to be across the board of everything considered pagan) because it makes people look like sociopaths…that’s some sketch logic.
Reblogging for agreement with the above.
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^Thank you. Heathenry has what is essentially a “sacred barbecue”, involving the ritual slaughter of usually a cow or...
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