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Where Non-Pagans Come From


 A Kalasha Tale

Long ago, in the dawn of days, First Man and First Woman had seven sets of twins. Each set of twins consisted of one girl and one boy.

When it came time for the twins to marry, First Man and First Woman carefully broke up the sets of twins, so as to avoid incest.

But one set of twins mated incestuously with one another instead.

That's where non-pagans come from.



Numbering some 4000, the Kalasha are the only Indo-European-speaking people who have practiced their traditional religion continuously since antiquity.

They live in three remote valleys in what is now northwestern Pakistan, and are known for their polytheistic religion—complete with open-air sanctuaries, sacred dances, and animal sacrifice—their wine-drinking, and the beauty (and social freedom) of their women.

Not to mention—judging from this scurrilous little tale—their sense of humor.



Kalasha girls dance at the Joshi (Spring) Festival

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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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