Monday, March 23, 2009

Pagans in ... Israel?

The headline brazenly proclaims, "Paganism returns to the Holy Land," but the truth is so much more subtle. Of course, one could make the argument that paganism never really left Israel. That, at most, it was driven underground. And that seems to be the way things still are. Consider the following quotes from Ofri Ilani's article:
  • ...most Israeli pagans reveal their beliefs only to those who share them. They usually keep religious gatherings ... secret.
  • "Some guys live with religious families. They can't tell their parents, 'I don't believe in Judaism, I'm a pagan.' They'd chop off their heads."
  • "In a country like ours ... being a pagan is not easy ... Worshiping other gods is something very sensitive in Judaism. We all were educated [to think] this is intolerable and illogical."
  • "...Judaism has only one god, and if you do not believe in him, you will be driven off with stones."
Due to this environment, it's not much of a surprise that there is not all that much information about pre-Judaic divinities or practices. So some Israeli worshipers pray to Nordic or Celtic gods. But there is a movement to revive the worship of ancient Canaanite gods. Hail to all those who seek to revive, preserve, and make relevant their ancient ancestral practices. Especially those living in what is considered the capital of monotheism. Read the article at

1 comment:

SiegfriedGoodfellow said...

I think there's a little poetic justice in Nordic and Celtic deities being worshipped in the Holy Land, don't you? Consider it the long-delayed reciprocity of an "exchange program" begun long ago!