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Observations of the Random sort

Post by Mo » 29 Mar 2013, 11:48

Seriously, this thread needs to leave the veil.

The calculation for when Easter falls is the most Pagan thing in the world. First Sunday following the first full moon after the Spring equinox. All it's missing is the ritual sacrifice of a goat.

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Post by Kolohe » 29 Mar 2013, 12:05

Says the man who grew up in the culture of the most movable observance of Ramadan, where one does sacrifice a goat at the end (I think) :)
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Post by Mo » 29 Mar 2013, 12:32

Kolohe wrote:Says the man who grew up in the culture of the most movable observance of Ramadan, where one does sacrifice a goat at the end (I think) :)
It's Eid al-Adha. And it's a lamb. Technically, the feasts in Islam are not moveable because they are consistent within the religion's calendar. Ramadan always happens during the month of Ramadan and Eid al-Adha always happens during the 10-13th of Dhu al-Hijjah. Granted, the whole calendar moves because it's lunar, which is pretty Pagany. Hell, part of the religion is praying in the direction of a black meteorite in the desert.

Basing a holiday on the equinox/solstice and the phase of the moon gives you two squares in Pagan bingo.
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Re: Observations of the Random sort

Post by thoreau » 29 Mar 2013, 12:42

I feel like a black meteorite in the desert is just crying out for a comic book superhero origin story.
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Post by Jennifer » 29 Mar 2013, 14:32

Even though I'm totally non-religious, I think things like the black meteorite are cool -- or, more specifically, I think it's cool when mythologies nonetheless turn out to have an undigested corn-kernel of truth nestled deep within the bullshit.

I remember being fascinated by a science-channel documentary suggesting there really were cities named Sodom and Gomorrah, and they really were destroyed by fire from the sky -- specifically, a meteor strike in Austria, with a debris plume trashing parts of the Levant. And ancient Greek monster myths, like the Cyclops, griffin (lion w/eagle head) and others, were probably based on misinterpretations of ancient fossil finds.
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Post by Hugh Akston » 29 Mar 2013, 15:53

thoreau wrote:I feel like a black meteorite in the desert is just crying out for a comic book superhero origin story.
I'm pretty sure anyone who tried to draw that comic book wouldn't last long.
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Post by dhex » 29 Mar 2013, 15:56

rushdie seems to be doing ok.
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Post by Shem » 29 Mar 2013, 22:16

Mo wrote:Hell, part of the religion is praying in the direction of a black meteorite in the desert.
That was a repurposed altar to other gods. Lots of other gods. Like, Mecca was the Times Square of pagan idolatry before Muhammad and his pals went all Rudy Giuliani on it.

Seriously, that's got to be at least three numbers in the Pagan Idolatry lotto.
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Post by Aresen » 30 Mar 2013, 19:31

Shem wrote:
Mo wrote:Hell, part of the religion is praying in the direction of a black meteorite in the desert.
That was a repurposed altar to other gods. Lots of other gods. Like, Mecca was the Times Square of pagan idolatry before Muhammad and his pals went all Rudy Giuliani on it.

Seriously, that's got to be at least three numbers in the Pagan Idolatry lotto.
OK, let's raise:

1) Based on the winter solstice
2) Birth of a God to the line of Kings
3) Appearance of a great star
4) Wise men travel to witness birth
5) Said Wise Men make offerings symbolic of divinity
6) Annunciation to common people by divine messenger
7) Virgin conceives by deity

That's seven Lotto Pagan points.
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Post by Jennifer » 30 Mar 2013, 21:56

Aresen wrote:
Shem wrote:
Mo wrote:Hell, part of the religion is praying in the direction of a black meteorite in the desert.
That was a repurposed altar to other gods. Lots of other gods. Like, Mecca was the Times Square of pagan idolatry before Muhammad and his pals went all Rudy Giuliani on it.

Seriously, that's got to be at least three numbers in the Pagan Idolatry lotto.
OK, let's raise:

1) Based on the winter solstice
2) Birth of a God to the line of Kings
3) Appearance of a great star
4) Wise men travel to witness birth
5) Said Wise Men make offerings symbolic of divinity
6) Annunciation to common people by divine messenger
7) Virgin conceives by deity

That's seven Lotto Pagan points.
Extra bonus pagan points over the whole "born solely to serve as a human sacrifice to the god" bit.
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Post by Warren » 30 Mar 2013, 22:58

Aresen wrote:2) Birth of a God to the line of Kings
Wait what?
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Post by thoreau » 30 Mar 2013, 23:36

Jesus was descended from King David.
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Post by Shem » 30 Mar 2013, 23:41

Though one of the gospels traces the descent through Joseph. Go figure.
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Post by Warren » 30 Mar 2013, 23:48

thoreau wrote:Jesus was descended from King David.
Wouldn't that mean God (Jesus' father) descended from David? Or are you saying Mary was a noblewoman? In which case, she married beneath herself.
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Post by Ayn_Randian » 31 Mar 2013, 00:11

Warren wrote:
thoreau wrote:Jesus was descended from King David.
Wouldn't that mean God (Jesus' father) descended from David? Or are you saying Mary was a noblewoman? In which case, she married beneath herself.
Well, no. It's Joseph who is in the line.
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Post by tr0g » 31 Mar 2013, 00:17

Ayn_Randian wrote:
Warren wrote:
thoreau wrote:Jesus was descended from King David.
Wouldn't that mean God (Jesus' father) descended from David? Or are you saying Mary was a noblewoman? In which case, she married beneath herself.
Well, no. It's Joseph who is in the line.
That doesn't count. We're all about blood of my blood here in Pagan Idolatry land. Adoption is weak sauce for bloodlines.
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Post by Kolohe » 31 Mar 2013, 01:00

Is that what the Roman Emperors did though? Adopt an heir?
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Post by Pham Nuwen » 31 Mar 2013, 09:31

What about the Mayor of Injuns!!!

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Post by Shem » 31 Mar 2013, 12:58

Ayn_Randian wrote:
Warren wrote:
thoreau wrote:Jesus was descended from King David.
Wouldn't that mean God (Jesus' father) descended from David? Or are you saying Mary was a noblewoman? In which case, she married beneath herself.
Well, no. It's Joseph who is in the line.
One of them traces it through Mary, I believe.
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Post by lunchstealer » 31 Mar 2013, 16:34

Pham Nuwen wrote:What about the Mayor of Injuns!!!

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Post by Fin Fang Foom » 31 Mar 2013, 16:43

Oh my god. This is so much more amazing than I could have ever believed.

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Post by Pham Nuwen » 31 Mar 2013, 19:25

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Post by Mo » 31 Mar 2013, 23:54

I think Google is just trolling people with their doodles now. Though I doubt the outrage machine would get so ginned up about Caesar Chavez that they would get pissed and think it was Hugo Chavez.

*Fingers crossed for a Twilight Zone themed doodle on Dec. 25*
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Post by Timothy » 01 Apr 2013, 01:16

Pham Nuwen wrote:JasonL on appropriate footwear: "Dammit Ryan! There's more to life than tennis shoes and flip flops."
Indeed - there are hiking boots.
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Post by Highway » 01 Apr 2013, 11:32

Mo wrote:I think Google is just trolling people with their doodles now. Though I doubt the outrage machine would get so ginned up about Caesar Chavez that they would get pissed and think it was Hugo Chavez.

*Fingers crossed for a Twilight Zone themed doodle on Dec. 25*
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