Yes, this, what Galina Krasskova says is undeniably true. Especially the dead local to the land!
I’m not just talking about visiting the local graveyards, either. How those who have died on the land are respected has a huge effect on our relationships with the land itself. If you live in the Americas, you live, effectively, on stolen land (although depending on your own ancestry, you may be who it was stolen from, of course). Heck, I’m pretty sure most of the world can say that to some degree, but not in quite the same way all the lands across the world that were taken by the various European empires during the colonial era. If we don’t acknowledge that, and connect with both the history before that and the results OF that, there are literally layers and layers of land that we’re just ignoring, and that doesn’t work.
Even just the “little” things, like when the European humans invaded, so did European plants and animals. Some of those species have naturalized and found balance in their local ecosystems. Some are still doing damage today because they just don’t belong where they are. Even just contemplating what kinds of changes that has brought and will continue bringing to the land is part of this picture. Whole past versions of the local ecosystem have died along with the people. Whole species have died.
And yes, life feeds on death, it’s an inevitable fact. The land we live on today, right now, would not be what it is without all those layers of death beneath us to grow out of, to stand on.
We literally can not honor the land and not be honoring the dead, and death itself, just as we can not honor life without honoring death, for they are not opposites, but forever intimately entwined. -E-
Some friends were having a discussion with Sannion last night and as I was passing through (swamped with preparations for my upcoming trip), he mentioned one of the things they were discussing and it just blew me away. This is so spot on, so powerful, so incredibly profound that I, half way upstairs, stopped dead in my tracks and asked everyone’s permission to write about it here. (Obviously they graciously allowed me to do so, or I wouldn’t be posting this!).
The latest issue of Walking the Worlds discusses the importance of regional cultus to the restoration of our polytheisms. We talk about regional cultus a lot but I don’t think many of us (myself included) ever really stop to parse it out or to figure out how all of the various parts of our praxis are organically (no pun intended, I swear!) connected. Part of regional cultus is venerating…
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