An unlikely source for a powerful paradigm of polytheism

I have never heard so much polytheism expressed within a lecture that never explicitly used the term. Arturo Escobar is a very wise man and his lecture may be long and dense, but it is altogether worthwhile.

9 thoughts on “An unlikely source for a powerful paradigm of polytheism

  1. SoundEagle 🦅ೋღஜஇ

    Hi Melas,

    Since you like “Designs for the Pluriverse” by Arturo Escobar, I would also like to recommend the following books to you:

    Landscapes of Power • Dana E. Powell
    Steeped in Heritage • Ives, Sarah
    The Geographies of Social Movements • Ulrich Oslender
    Alchemy in the Rain Forest • Jerry K. Jacka
    Cultivating the Nile • Jessica Barnes
    Rhythms of the Pachakuti • Raquel Gutiérrez Aguilar
    Romancing the Wild • Robert Fletcher
    Food, Farms, and Solidarity • Chaia Heller
    Reigning the River • Anne Rademacher
    Beyond the Sacred Forest • Michael R. Dove, Percy E. Sajise, Amity A. Doolittle
    Storytelling Globalization from the Chaco and Beyond • Mario Blaser
    Territories of Difference • Arturo Escobar
    Reimagining Political Ecology • Aletta Biersack, James B. Greenberg
    Conservation Is Our Government Now • Paige West
    How Nature Speaks • Yrjo Haila, Chuck Dyke
    Environmentality • Arun Agrawal
    In Search of the Rain Forest • Candace Slater

    Given your polytheistic background, I would like to invite you the savour my pluralistic take on the moon, including its recent and very rare appearance as the “Super Blood Wolf Moon”, at https://soundeagle.wordpress.com/2012/10/02/if-my-name-were-moon-tonight/

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    1. Melas the Hellene Post author

      Thank you as always, Soundeagle! This is a very useful list that I will look into. I wonder how you obtained it and whether you have read some or all these works.

      And thank you for the invitation to your delightful article.

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      1. SoundEagle 🦅ೋღஜஇ

        You are certainly very welcome, Melas!

        I just realise that there is a typo in my previous comment.

        Having been multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary for many years, there is always a need to maintain long and diverse lists of readable materials.

        Unfortunately, having many responsibilities and errands precludes my reading many books and/or reading them in entirety. It frustrates me to no end that I am unable to clone myself (as depicted in the movie “Multiplicity”), to instantly acquire some knowledge or skill (as depicted in the upload-and-go technology in the movie “Matrix”, and to dispense with sleeping and eating altogether to make more time, not to mention the high prerequisites and costs of multidisciplinarity and interdisciplinarity.

        Sigh! Do you have any solution?

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      2. Melas the Hellene Post author

        Ha! The predicament you describe is exactly my own. There is so much to learn and so little time for it all, the only solution for which seems to be patience and hope, as well as choosing a certain path in life!

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      3. SoundEagle 🦅ೋღஜஇ

        Happy February to you, Melas! Moreover, the 2019 Chinese New Year is just around the corner. A few years ago, I witnessed and videoed the lion dance, which you can see in my very long and detailed post about the 15-day celebration at https://soundeagle.wordpress.com/2013/02/10/soundeagle-in-chinese-new-year-celebration-spring-festival-lion-dance-traditional-culture-and-architecture/

        Perhaps it can be an excuse for us to take a fortnight off even when we cannot. 😉

        I look forward to your feedback at the comment section of the post. You are very welcome to comment on any aspects of the post, though I am curious to find out whether you think that there are any paganistic and polytheistic aspects in the Chinese New Year tradition and celebration.

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  2. Paul

    SoundEagle, I believe it was Edgar Cayce who was supposed to have the ability to place a book beneath his pillow and absorb its contents in his sleep. Sadly, I don’t have this skill myself! My shelves no longer have room, and so I have piles of books on my dresser, in my closet, on my desk, beneath my bed… paradise would be time stopped on a snowy day, and locking myself in my dimly lit study and reading them all!

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    1. SoundEagle 🦅ೋღஜஇ

      Hi Paul,

      Thank you for your witty reply.

      Considering that you subscribe to polytheism as opposed to monotheism, perhaps you mentioned Edgar Cayce because, like the American clairvoyant who is nicknamed “The Sleeping Prophet”, you also advocate polygenism as opposed to monogenism.

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  3. Paul

    Regarding Edgar Cayce, it was simply the mention of books and an accompanying lack of time that pulled it from the depths of memory!

    As far as advocating one or the other, at the risk of sounding indecisive I don’t subscribe to either but have a very fluid view and openness where both history and human origins are concerned.

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