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« Topic Start: April 04, 2010, 09:02:24 am »

Inspired by Treekisser's recent travelogue about Greece, I finally decided to sit down and right up another leg of my own travels. I'm on an on-again, off-again, 5-part pagan pilgrimage; this is a summary of Part 3, my trip to Africa, in January 2006.

It's on TCN as a blog post, with lots of photos. Check it out at...

http://ecauldron.ning.com/profiles/blogs/a-pagan-pilgrimage-part-3

...if you're so inclined, and let me know what you think.
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« Reply #1: April 04, 2010, 01:09:14 pm »


Beautiful, words and pictures both. I agree with SunflowerP -- I hope this someday makes its way into a book.
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« Reply #2: April 04, 2010, 05:20:20 pm »

...if you're so inclined, and let me know what you think.

I'll add my call for a book.
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« Reply #3: April 04, 2010, 07:51:56 pm »

I hope this someday makes its way into a book.

and

I'll add my call for a book.

Thanks, guys. I'd begun to think along those lines myself--esp. since I'll be undertaking the fifth and "final" part this October, so after that I'll be able to write up the whole thing--but I wasn't sure if anyone would be interested.
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« Reply #4: April 04, 2010, 09:03:14 pm »

....but I wasn't sure if anyone would be interested.

I don't know how much commercial interest there would be, but I suspect there would be enough interest among Pagans to make it worth doing, especially via POD or the like.
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« Reply #5: April 04, 2010, 10:51:44 pm »


Thanks, guys. I'd begun to think along those lines myself--esp. since I'll be undertaking the fifth and "final" part this October, so after that I'll be able to write up the whole thing--but I wasn't sure if anyone would be interested.
I'd buy it Smiley
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« Reply #6: April 05, 2010, 07:24:50 am »


Amazing. And I second (third, fourth, fifth?) the book idea. I'd love to hear about the other four parts.

Reading this I can't help but think back on my own visit to Ngorangora (funnily enough, also in 2006). Truly a remarkable place. Though it does raise the interesting question of where we consider our "origin". The home of our ancestors? The site of the evolution of the first humans? Primates? Mammals? Life?? On the one hand Ngorangora is one origin, however, I have my own issues with considering it the origin.
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« Reply #7: April 05, 2010, 10:18:39 am »

I'd love to hear about the other four parts.

Part 4 is the only other one I've written up. It's here:

http://ecauldron.ning.com/profiles/blogs/a-pagan-pilgrimage-part-4

Reading this I can't help but think back on my own visit to Ngorangora (funnily enough, also in 2006). Truly a remarkable place. Though it does raise the interesting question of where we consider our "origin". The home of our ancestors? The site of the evolution of the first humans? Primates? Mammals? Life?? On the one hand Ngorangora is one origin, however, I have my own issues with considering it the origin.

You're right, Kasmira; there's plenty of room for interpretation. In all my choices throughout the pilgrimage, I've tried to go with how we humans experience the world. So I was looking for human origins.

Of course, even that is open to interpretation. By "human" do I mean hominids in general, or our species, Homo sapiens, in particular? If hominids, then do you go with Homo erectus? Or do you take it even further back, before the genus Homo, to Australopithecus or some other genus? And which of those are known to actually have originated in the Ngorongoro area?

I don't make myself crazy with all that (esp. since most of those questions can't be answered with any certainty). It's enough for me that many hominid species, incl. our own, seem to have originated in East Africa, and my instincts tell me Ngorongoro is a focal point in that area--so if any one spot in East Africa is going to represent our origins, I let Ngorongoro do it. It's an act of imagination, like hearing our ancestors voices in the wind there, but it's grounded in reality. It's a big part of my paganism, like perceiving the divine in the everyday.

But that's what I love about this pilgrimage concept! It gets you thinking about different places, what they might signify, how to experience them. What you can learn from them. Everybody's choices will be a bit different, and I'm fascinated by that, too. I'd love to hear yours, if you're comfortable sharing them.
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« Reply #8: April 05, 2010, 12:20:14 pm »

...if you're so inclined, and let me know what you think.

I like it! How did you pick the places to go for each of the elements? I'm guessing you had a rough compass direction to go on, but narrowing down from there seems difficult.
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« Reply #9: April 05, 2010, 01:44:31 pm »

I like it! How did you pick the places to go for each of the elements? I'm guessing you had a rough compass direction to go on, but narrowing down from there seems difficult.

Yes, rough compass directions--applied to the standard Mercator map of the world--was part of it. Since I wanted to scatter the sites across the globe for maximum diversity of environment, peoples/culture, etc., that helped guide my choices too.

I aimed for one for each continent (excluding Antarctica and counting the Americas as one). Since I have yet to find north/earth, we'll see if it actually works out that way.

Some are no-brainers (Qomolangma--Mt. Everest--for east/air, being both in the East as we Westerners perceive it, and being the highest point on the planet). Others are really tough; on a planet that's 70% surface water, what do you choose for west/water?
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« Reply #10: April 05, 2010, 08:22:23 pm »

Some are no-brainers (Qomolangma--Mt. Everest--for east/air, being both in the East as we Westerners perceive it, and being the highest point on the planet). Others are really tough; on a planet that's 70% surface water, what do you choose for west/water?

As an ex-Navy man with five years at sea, I nominate Honolulu. On a sunny day the Pacific is the prettiest blue that you'll ever see, and as you make your approach to Honolulu you see virtually every shade of ocean color from deep blue to turquoise to green to gold (from light reflecting off the sand below). It is home to not one but two excellent harbors (Pearl and Honolulu) and has grown into the largest (and by some measures only) city in the central Pacific, largest ocean on the planet.

(Plus, I can sell you a cruise there at a great price...[/shameless plug])
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