Paganistan: Notes from the Secret Commonwealth

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Nine Jars of Compassion: A Folk-tale of the Latter-Day Dobunni

They say that He of the Horns looked upon his people and his heart was moved with compassion at their suffering.

For an age and an age, two ages, he wept, and the tears of his weeping filled nine jars.

And when his weeping was ended, he took these nine jars and, with their waters, extinguished the fires of Hell.

So when they tell you of the fires that await, you may tell them, Indeed, they do not; there are no more fires of Hell, for behold, our god in his mercy has quenched them.

That indeed, they are working with old information.

 But some say it was She of the Moon.

From a Yezidi tale

I guide without need of scripture, for my words

are inscribed on the hearts of my people.”


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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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