I'm home from Sacred Space Conference where I had the very best intentions of blogging it day-by-day. But here's what happened--I was so busy teaching and seeing old friends and having an excellent time, that I simply didn't do that. I'm going to try to encapsulate some of the juiciness of this good conference over the next few days, as I unpack and do laundry and prepare for some new workshops in the Asheville area and prepare to go out on the road again in about a month, when I visit the Gulf coast.
This was my third time at Sacred Space and I will say that the third time was the charm for this conference. I was a featured teacher the first two times I went up but this time I was a regular old teacher, doing two classes and participating in a panel discussion of Appalachian folk magic.
Today’s blog is on the di Penates or Penates. Blog number 9 of my gods of the “graveyard” series. This one was extremely difficult to write because…well no one really agrees on who the Penates are. The concept for the Penates and Lares comes from the ancient Roman domestic cultus and were at some point included as part of civil or state rituals. They remind me a lot of the ancient Greek agathos daimons, which are good spirits/gods of home, family and/or individual. Everything I’ve read on Penates and Lares boils down to the individual. I’m including the Lares in this blog because they are often honored with the Penates and very hard for the researcher to tell apart.