Dedicated to Professor David L. Miller Father of Monsters. Father of Hel. Bloodbrother and Benchmate of Odin. Clever. Deep-minded god of plunder. Giant’s Son and God of 1,000 Masks. Such are just but a few of the many kennings for Loki the famous and (it seems to me) quite popular god of Norse mythology. But … More Who is Loki anyway?
Recently a number of people have asked me what my first novel, The Story of the Four is about. Honestly, that is a tough question, for it is really about a lot—it is one of those so-called “big concept” books. Usually I respond it is an epic fantasy rooted in history and grounded in myth … More What is “The Story of the Four”?
Last week I wrote a post titled “Prometheus, Orpheus, and the Energy Crisis” in which I explored Francis Bacon’s identification of our modern relationship with nature as Promethean as discussed in T. Wilson Dickson’s essay “Solar Energy: Theophany and Theopoetics of Light in Gregory of Nyssa” and amplified such a perspective through the lens of … More Who is Hephaestus anyway?
Her name is synonymous with death, and time. She wears a necklace of severed heads, holds one in her hand, and with her long, extended tongue she thirsts for blood. Headless corpses piled on the ground behind her, she, her mighty blade raised aloft, (often) stands atop Siva and Parvati engaged in copulation. This, my … More Who is Kali anyway? (Mahavidya Series Pt. I)
So I just picked up one heck of a fascinating book. Titled Cosmology, Ecology, and the Energy of God and edited by professors Donna Bowman and Clayton Crockett of the University of Central Arkansas, it is a collection of essays that situate theology within the context of 21st century science, particularly in relation to what science … More Prometheus, Orpheus, and the Energy Crisis
“You’ve got to be kidding me Sherme.” He ducked under a low branch. “Won’t you just stop for once?” Snagged on Sherme’s backpack, a wet spruce branch bent with him as he crept forward and when he straightened, snapped back and slapped Jen straight across the cheek. “Cào! Watch it! I am sick of this Sherme. … More Lesson from the Panda
Jen exhaled his relief and lowered his hands to his aching knees. A large village, perhaps a small city even, before them. People. People to talk to. As much as he’d enjoyed talking to Sherme since they trekked along the Yuanwuling Gorge, he’d almost run out of things to say. He explained the empire—its past … More Topics We Don’t Discuss and Questions We All Ask
All of a sudden, as if from out of nowhere, something happens, something we cannot control. We are overwhelmed, struggling to maintain, perhaps even entertaining the notion that everything will be different from this point on. It hurts, it hurts bad. We might even feel like we’re drowning, like we’re dying. Have you ever had … More Who is Poseidon anyway?
Ancient warrior myths help veterans fight PTSD Greek heroes struggled with battle stress, too (http://news.yahoo.com/ancient-myth-helps-veterans-battle-ptsd-153531485.html?soc_src=mediacontentstory) By Liz Goodwin, Yahoo News 15 hours ago Yahoo News 0 shares View photo . Ajax Defending Greek Ships Against Trojans (Bettmann/CORBIS) A soldier returns home from battle but has brought the war with him. He stares off into the … More Myths help fight PTSD
“The first major hell is called Thoughts. The second is called Black Rope. The third is called Crushing. The fourth is called Moaning. The fifth is called Great Moaning. The sixth is called Burning. The seventh is called Great Burning. The eighth is called Unremitting. The Hell of Thoughts contains sixteen smaller hells. The smaller … More The Hell Realm (Bhavacakra Pt. II)