To all polytheists this comes by,
About a week ago, a few friends and I founded a new group in Facebook entitled “Interethnic think-tank for polytheism“. We believe it is unique in that its purpose is to discuss all sorts of things (and agree on all sorts of active strategies) that can be done to restore and make polytheism heard as much as possible throughout the world. All members (in spite of any differences) share a powerful and common vision of strengthening polytheism in the face of monotheism and atheism. We are in need of more members with good insight and spirit, so please consider joining us!
I have just now come upon this very unfortunate story, which should be read carefully and reflected on. The indigenous tribes of Indonesia, called Orang Rimba, of whom about 3,000 are left, are being persecuted by corporations that cut down their forests and Muslims that force them to convert.
To encourage reading of the story, I will quote a missionary mentioned in the article:
“For now we are focusing on the children. It’s easier to convert them – their mind isn’t filled with other things. With the older ones it’s harder,” he says. “Before Islam they just believed in spirits, gods and goddesses, not the supreme god Allah. When someone died, they didn’t even bury the dead, they just would leave the body in the forest. Now their life has meaning and direction.”
Words fail me to describe the heinous evil and hatred expressed by this man.
The extent and influence of imperialism on regional language and culture is nothing new. The Romans were guilty of it wherever they made a province. Nowadays, however, modernism and nationalism are the new enslaving masters of regionalism. I read an article published today concerning the many languages of India; the contents both pleased and disappointed me. On the one hand, there is a great effort to preserve and record regional languages, but on the other, those languages are declining, because of either migration to cities for better pay or policies of centralization that neglect to provide for schooling in a regional manner. From 1,652 languages about 50 years ago, the number has dwindled to less than 800 in the present time. That is to say, half of the number of languages were lost within the short period of two generations! And what’s worse, about a quarter of the surviving ones are endangered.
This story, published by the BBC today, illustrates much of the writing and reflection I have undertaken so far. The end of the article, however, is rather sad and unfortunate for all those endeavoring to preserve their native customs and distinct tradition. It is necessary for all polytheists to reflect on this point in regard to themselves and the future generations they will provide for. I still maintain, as I did before, that polytheism and modernism (in principle and practice) are incompatible and contradictory, and therefore one must inevitably choose either the one or the other.