The last few days we’ve been talking a bit about the nature of the Gods … @theheadlesshashasheen sparked a discussion about Proto-Indo-European culture(s) and common themes we see among the Gods of PIE-descendant cultures. @coldalbion talked about the idea of Gods-as-archetypes or personifications of concepts. All of which has got me thinking.

I know I experience a certain amount of confusion when I think about the apparent historical evolutions of the Gods, about common threads that link Gods from different cultures, about what it means to syncretise or identify Gods with each other or as aspects of each other. I’m a hard polytheist, I believe in the Gods as separate entities, individuals unto Themselves, and yet these things can’t be denied. Things that seem easier to understand as part of an archetypal or soft polytheist paradigm.

But ultimately, hard polytheism, soft polytheism, Gods-as-archetypes - they are all human attempts to rationalise & explain that which is not-human.

We are so used, in our Western monotheist-dominated [Christian-dominated] societies, to approaching everything with this human logic. We forget that the Other runs on Other-logic - the logic of myth, of fairytale, of the liminal and paradoxical. 

Remember science lessons about the structure of the atom? How we say that because our human minds can’t comprehend the actuality of the atom, we develop ways that we can conceptualise it - metaphors we call models, that are powerful in many ways but always imperfect? 

Our neat paradigms of hard polytheism/soft polytheism - they are just models. The truth [if there be such a thing] is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.

The Gods are always this and that, yes and no, here and there, at once. Let go of the human logic, look with the Other-logic, and it begins to make sense. 

Unanswerable Questions Helpline

“Can I help you, sir?”

“Does magic defy the laws of physics? Or does it bend them in differing directions as the core principle of magic? Or do the laws of physics exist in a layer above our understanding and magic plays into that – and our limited grasp of both account for these seemingly unnatural phenomenon?! Damn it I WANT TO KNOW!!”

“Oh, you want our paradox help line. One moment, please.”

“Paradox help? That exists?”

“Do you have proof you exist?”

“I see.”

“Do you?”

“I have no idea.”

“Just a moment please.”

NEW ALBUM! “Horror Soundtracks”
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01 Bittersweet
02 The End Is Always Near
03 Extinction
04 It’s Not over Yet
05 Look Out
06 Unborn’s Lullaby
07 Evil Returns
08 Misconception
09 Tortured Soul
10 Facing Darkness
11 The Forsaken
12 Nebula
13 Now or Never
14 Wasted Wonderland
15 Creepy Clown Symphony
16 Carnival Freaks
17 Cold Shivers
18 Soul Rail
19 On the Chain
20 Tiffany’s Theme

Artwork: Paradox (DeviantArt)
Happy Halloween!

What do you see? 100 years of the Rubin Vase

“We can alternately focus on either the faces or the vase but not on both of them at once.” –From Hidden in Plain Sight: The Social Structure of Irrelevance by Eviatar Zerubavel

The Rubin Vase celebrated its 100th anniversary this year and we’re celebrating by asking you all–what do you see first?

Image credit: “Cup or faces paradox” by Bryan Derksen. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons