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« Topic Start: April 09, 2007, 06:15:19 pm »

Sifting out accurate information on Pagan practices and beliefs can be hard -- especially given the reams of dreck that fill bookstore shelves. What is your favorite (favorite, of course, being a relative term) bit of bad information on Pagan religion? Not simply somewhat misinformed or misguided, or a vague over generalization, but spectacularly, laughably wrong? Give it some bonus points if actually attempting to use the bad information will result in deep embarrassment, grievous bodily harm, or the enraging of various deities.
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« Reply #1: April 09, 2007, 06:18:17 pm »

Sifting out accurate information on Pagan practices and beliefs can be hard -- especially given the reams of dreck that fill bookstore shelves. What is your favorite (favorite, of course, being a relative term) bit of bad information on Pagan religion? Not simply somewhat misinformed or misguided, or a vague over generalization, but spectacularly, laughably wrong? Give it some bonus points if actually attempting to use the bad information will result in deep embarrassment, grievous bodily harm, or the enraging of various deities.

That Frost Giants should be invoked in spellwork about random teenage issues.  paaaaaaainful!
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« Reply #2: April 09, 2007, 06:35:40 pm »

Sifting out accurate information on Pagan practices and beliefs can be hard -- especially given the reams of dreck that fill bookstore shelves. What is your favorite (favorite, of course, being a relative term) bit of bad information on Pagan religion? Not simply somewhat misinformed or misguided, or a vague over generalization, but spectacularly, laughably wrong? Give it some bonus points if actually attempting to use the bad information will result in deep embarrassment, grievous bodily harm, or the enraging of various deities.

That Chaos magic equals eclecticism.  That's just a personal peeve.  I have a lot of peeves mind you.  The expectation that it (Paganism, magic, etc) should all be nice bothers me as well. Smiley
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« Reply #3: April 09, 2007, 06:38:04 pm »

Not simply somewhat misinformed or misguided, or a vague over generalization, but spectacularly, laughably wrong?

My personal favorite on this is still:

"Het-Her's two horns contain the solar disk, which represents the New Moon."

(Rosemary Clark.)
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« Reply #4: April 09, 2007, 06:45:53 pm »

That Frost Giants should be invoked in spellwork about random teenage issues.  paaaaaaainful!

Taking from the same author (I think) - A bannik is a good spirit/entity to invite into your bathroom. (Skinless is really a good look for you) Cheesy

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« Reply #5: April 09, 2007, 07:08:25 pm »

Balor is a good sun god. That was McCoy I think.
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« Reply #6: April 09, 2007, 08:17:21 pm »

faeries = good babysitters.

Summon the Morrigan for confidence in public speaking.

Invite Loki to the circle, what could go wrong?

Of course, the very worst idea I ever heard of was that some group supposedly found a native american ceremony designed to "bring the earth back into balance."  Sounds eco-friendly, right?  Good thing for a nature loving pagan to try..."Ghost dance" huh, I wonder why they call it that?
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« Reply #7: April 10, 2007, 12:26:05 am »

That Frost Giants should be invoked in spellwork about random teenage issues.  paaaaaaainful!

I'm sorry, but I gotta ask.  What??
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« Reply #8: April 10, 2007, 12:27:30 am »

"Het-Her's two horns contain the solar disk, which represents the New Moon."

And that's just, well, dumb.
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« Reply #9: April 10, 2007, 04:12:23 am »

My personal favorite on this is still:

"Het-Her's two horns contain the solar disk, which represents the New Moon."

(Rosemary Clark.)

Oh my.  Someone didn't pay enough attention at school. Smiley
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« Reply #10: April 10, 2007, 06:46:22 am »

Sifting out accurate information on Pagan practices and beliefs can be hard -- especially given the reams of dreck that fill bookstore shelves. What is your favorite (favorite, of course, being a relative term) bit of bad information on Pagan religion? Not simply somewhat misinformed or misguided, or a vague over generalization, but spectacularly, laughably wrong? Give it some bonus points if actually attempting to use the bad information will result in deep embarrassment, grievous bodily harm, or the enraging of various deities.


Most of WITTA by Edain McCoy, but most speshully the ancient potato goddess silliness.

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« Reply #11: April 10, 2007, 06:59:15 am »

Taking from the same author (I think) - A bannik is a good spirit/entity to invite into your bathroom. (Skinless is really a good look for you) Cheesy

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Bwah, beat me to it -- that's my favorite!  It's Edain McCoy, in A Witch's Guide to Faery Folk.  As I said in another thread, that entire book is a magical Darwin Award waiting to happen.   Smiley

(The Frost Giant thing is $RW, Teen Witch -- another reliable source of crap.  *g*)
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« Reply #12: April 10, 2007, 11:17:28 am »

All ancient people worshiped The Great Mother Goddess before the evil patriarchy took over and abolished her. And she has three aspects- Maiden, Mother and Crone into which all goddesses (Which are really just all aspects of the Great Mother Goddess) should be placed.
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« Reply #13: April 10, 2007, 11:54:05 am »

All ancient people worshiped The Great Mother Goddess before the evil patriarchy took over and abolished her. And she has three aspects- Maiden, Mother and Crone into which all goddesses (Which are really just all aspects of the Great Mother Goddess) should be placed.

You beat me to it, but I also wanted to add that all ancient pagans were peaceful, earth-worshipping people.

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« Reply #14: April 10, 2007, 11:59:33 am »

You beat me to it, but I also wanted to add that all ancient pagans were peaceful, earth-worshipping people.

...Which is just as good an example without the word "ancient" and in present tense, actually, though that might be a slightly different kind of spectacularly bad info than was being asked about.
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