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    Pagan America* Project

    All over the United States there is an enormous quantity of public art depicting Pagan deities. Murals, statues, busts, cornices, and plaques adorn courthouses, railroad stations, hotels, mansions, even factories. There are even a few whole buildings, like the Marysville Stonehenge in Washington and the Parthenon in Tennessee with its glorious reproduction of the famous chryselephantine statue of Athena. So much for the contention that America is and always has been a Christian nation — America is full of Pagan images and ideas; it’s just that we don’t notice them anymore.
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    Then start looking – really looking – at the public spaces where you live. Take photos of the Pagan imagery you’ll discover all around you, and post them, along with a sentence or two describing the image and its location, to the Project’s page. (There are a few stock photos already on the page to show the sorts of thing we’re looking for, but after this no more stock photos will be accepted.) You must have taken the photo yourself or otherwise have a right to it. Invented “deities” like the Statue of Liberty and Portlandia don’t count, no matter how much we may love them.

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    What do you have in your area? (or other places you have lived/visited) (and I don't care if they are "invented" or not)


    *For our purposes, anywhere really, not just America...though the official conception says otherwise
    obviously some places have it easier than others...
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    Re: Pagan America* Project

    The only building around here that might be decorated is the older courthouse, but it looks like a big minimalist tomb. I think the only thing there is the Roman imperial eagle...

    But I'm gonna look. This would be a fun project.
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    In Britain, Britannia is naturally common; I see her as an aspect of Athena.
    http://www.speel.me.uk/sculptallegorical/britannia.htm
    A few miles away from me, there's a fine Father Thames
    http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/507461

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    When I lived in Norfolk, VA Beach has Neptune. Plus all the mermaids...

    Here...I'm not sure.

    DC though, has a TON of stuff...I'll go through my pics at home if I get the chance.
    “You have never answered but you did not need to. If I stand at the ocean I can hear you with your thousand voices. Sometimes you shout, hilarious laughter that taunts all questions. Other nights you are silent as death, a mirror in which the stars show themselves. Then I think you want to tell me something, but you never do. Of course I know I have written letters to no-one. But what if I find a trident tomorrow?" ~~Letters to Poseidon, Cees Nooteboom

    “We still carry this primal relationship to the Earth within our consciousness, even if we have long forgotten it. It is a primal recognition of the wonder, beauty, and divine nature of the Earth. It is a felt reverence for all that exists. Once we bring this foundational quality into our consciousness, we will be able to respond to our present man-made crisis from a place of balance, in which our actions will be grounded in an attitude of respect for all of life. This is the nature of real sustainability.”
    ~~Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

    "We are the offspring of history, and must establish our own paths in this most diverse and interesting of conceivable universes--one indifferent to our suffering, and therefore offering us maximal freedom to thrive, or to fail, in our own chosen way."
    ~~Stephen Jay Gould, Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History

    "Humans are not rational creatures. Now, logic and rationality are very helpful tools, but there’s also a place for embracing our subjectivity and thinking symbolically. Sometimes what our so-called higher thinking can’t or won’t see, our older, more primitive intuition will." John Beckett

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    Re: Pagan America* Project

    I'm from Mobile, AL which has the oldest Mardi Gras celebrations in the United States(and assisted New Orleans in launching their own celebrations in the 19th century). It would be interesting to see what Pagan imagery surrounds the very colorful and diverse crewes we have. Though, admittedly, I don't know to much about it.

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    Re: Pagan America* Project

    Back at my first college, which was an all girl's school, I remember being amazed that some of the older cast iron patio furniture had depictions of Artemis on them. I'm not sure how old they were, but the school has been around for quite a while and has always been all girls, so I think they could have been quite a bit old. I also thought it was quite interesting since we were also located on the bible belt in southern Virginia and the school used to be a seminary school and still had a lot of Christian ties. For example, there was a meditation room in the freshman dorm that was obviously a mini chapel with a few pews and a cross at its front.

    I also have always thought the Virginia flag looked quite a bit like Athena with her helmet and spear, except for the fact that she has one breast bared.


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    Re: Pagan America* Project

    Quote Originally Posted by thalassa View Post
    What do you have in your area? (or other places you have lived/visited) (and I don't care if they are "invented" or not)


    *For our purposes, anywhere really, not just America...though the official conception says otherwise
    obviously some places have it easier than others...
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