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Hello, and welcome to my new blog “Myth Maker: Modern Mythopoeia.”

In the next post, I’ll get to the meat of this blog, introducing you to a variety of lesser-known spirits from around the world and telling you the stories and teachings they tell to me. But I thought I’d start off by talking a little about mythopoesis as an art and a magical practice. The English word mythopoesis comes from the Greek μυθοποιία, and literally means “myth-making.” The second part of the word, “poeia,” is the root of our word “poet.”  Historically, the word was an obscure technical term, describing, as Victorian historians would tell it, that period of time when humans made myths “instead of science” to explain the world around them. However, in 1931, J. R. R. Tolkien (author of The Lord of the Rings) published a poem titled Mythopoeia, which was a direct response to his frenemy and Oxford colleague C.S. Lewis’s skepticism about the value of myth.  Lewis (at the time, although his views softened with the wisdom of age) believed that  myths are "lies and therefore worthless, even though 'breathed through silver.”'  Tolkien's poem replies...

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  • Sarah Keene
    Sarah Keene says #
    One of the best explanations for the importance of myth that I have read comes from the Discworld novel Hogfather by Terry Pratche
  • Sara Mastros
    Sara Mastros says #
    Sarah: That's lovely! Thank you for sharing it.
Pagan News Beagle: Airy Monday, February 20 2017

One of the writers behind Doctor Strange pens another fantasy film, this time about a fallen angel hunter. In honor the recently departed Gene Wilder, a film critic revisits Haunted Honeymoon. And a look at a new women-centric fantasy comic. It's Airy Monday, our news segment on magic and religion in popular culture. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

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Pagan News Beagle: Airy Monday, February 13 2017

A list of some favorite romantic movies for Valentine's Day. Another fantasy novel series gets adapted to television. And a look at a fantasy comic that tackles both the familiar and the strange. It's Airy Monday, our news segment about magic and religion in popular culture! All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

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Series: The Warriors of Love and Magic

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Title: Spirit Touched: A Caleyna Summoner Tale

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Pagan News Beagle: Airy Monday, June 6

A video game takes inspiration from Greek mythology, but in a rather untraditional manner. Todd Lockwood talks about drawing for fantasy literature. And the complexities of faith within the TV show Preacher are examined. It's Airy Monday, our weekly segment on news about magic and religion in popular culture! All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

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