Paganistan: Notes from the Secret Commonwealth

In Which One Midwest Man-in-Black Confers, Converses & Otherwise Hob-Nobs with his Fellow Hob-Men (& -Women) Concerning the Sundry Ways of the Famed but Ill-Starred Tribe of Witches.

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brouhaha (BROO-ha-ha) n. [French (probably imitative).] An uproar; a hubbub.


bruja (BROO-ha) n. [Spanish; etymology uncertain. Possibly from Iberian/Celtiberian *bruxtia (compare Catalan bruixa, Portuguese bruxa, Occitan bruèissa, from Proto-Celtic *brixtâ [“spell, magic”] [compare Old Irish bricht (“charm”), Old Breton brith (“magic”)], or possibly a different Celtic word such as Old Irish Brigit (“high, exalted”).] A witch.


brujaja (BROO-ha-ha) n. [Portmanteau of brouhaha + bruja.] 1. Cowan usage. A public uproar or hubbub about whether or not someone is a witch; a witch panic. 2. Witch usage. A witch war or war of witches.




"It takes three witches to make a coven. Two witches is just an argument."

(Terry Pratchett)











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Poet, scholar and storyteller Steven Posch was raised in the hardwood forests of western Pennsylvania by white-tailed deer. (That's the story, anyway.) He emigrated to Paganistan in 1979 and by sheer dint of personality has become one of Lake Country's foremost men-in-black. He is current keeper of the Minnesota Ooser.


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