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The "International Year Of Polytheism” (powered by monochrom) wants to overcome the epoch of the monotheistic worldviews (and its derivatives such as "The West" and "The Arab World") through the reconstruction of a polytheistic multiplicity in which countless gods and goddesses will eventually neutralize each other. Polytheism is democracy, Monotheism a dictatorship, even in its pseudo-secular form.
Freed from the servitude of monotheism and the fraternal strife of the trinity, the world would be redeemed in a chaotic baptism of multiplicity. Besides, we believe that polytheism is the most suitable form of religion for a modern, dynamic and cosmopolitan young culture. Improve your C.V. with polytheism. Create your own heavens and hells. Or try it out yourself with our special Gods/Goddesses trial subscription. Our qualified operators are standing by to take your calls!

Fifth event:
Door Henge: Doors Of Polytheistic Perception:
Anonymous friends of the movement in San Francisco are erecting a polytheism monument on August 19, 2007 in an undisclosed public location. There is clearly a need for secrecy as a result of religious oppression from the monotheistic mainstream.
San Francisco, California.

Fourth event:
The Divining Pod
A balloon is a type of aircraft that remains aloft due to its buoyancy. A balloon travels by moving with the wind. The balloon is ONE BIG fabric envelope filled with a gas that is lighter than the surrounding atmosphere. A SINGLE balloon that is less dense than its surroundings, it rises, taking along with it a basket, attached underneath, that carries passengers or payload.
Cluster ballooning is an uncommon form of ballooning in which a balloonist is attached by a harness to a cluster of MANY SMALL rubber balloons.
Cluster ballooning is a perfect metaphor for the plurality and democracy of polytheism. Fight the concept of monotheistic single-balloon ballooning!
At Maker Faire San Francisco 2007 we want to present the world with the "Divining Pod".
Join our effort to fill ballons with helium, tag the balloons with names of air goddesses and air gods, and lift a human being into the skies of diversity! We want to see the heavens open!
San Francisco, California. Maker Faire @ San Mateo Fairgrounds. May 20, 2007.

Third event:
Eating A Persimmon For Zeus
A Persimmon is variety of species of trees of the genus Diospyros, and the edible fruit borne by them. The most widely cultivated species is Diospyros kaki. The fruit is very sweet to the taste with a soft to occasionally fibrous texture. Cultivation of the fruit started in parts of East Asia, and was later introduced to California.
Diospyros kaki translates as "The Fruit of Zeus".
Zeus, is (or was) the king of the gods, the ruler of Mount Olympus, and god of the sky and thunder, in Greek mythology. His symbols are (or were) the thunderbolt, bull, eagle and the oak. When the world was divided in three, Hades received the underworld, Poseidon the sea, and Zeus the sky.
We want to honor Zeus! We want to moan about the dreadful non-divisional monotheistic singularity! Long enough we were dominated by the concept of the God of the Abrahamic religions and/or the Platonic concept of God as put forward by Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite! We want to eat persimmons for Zeus! In anger!
Join the force! Eat his fruit! Get a certificate!
Los Angeles, California. Sidewalk @ 4810 Sunset Boulevard. February 23, 2007; 1 PM- 1:30 PM.

Second event:
Premature Burial As A Field Trial For Near Death Activities
The people present will have an opportunity to be buried alive in a coffin for fifteen minutes. Volunteers will be able to experience a semi-traumatic situation and possibly get in close contact with various gods and/or afterlives.
As a framework program there will be lectures about the history of the science of determining death and the medical cultural history of "buried alive". People buried alive not only populate the horror stories of past centuries, but also countless reports in specialized medical literature. The theme of unintentional resurrection by grave robbers also runs through forensic protocols. Even in the 19th century it was said that every tenth person was buried alive.
February 7, 2007. Blackwood Gallery, Mississauga/University Toronto, Canada.

Grand Opening:
Free Barium Nitrate!
The symbolic liberation of Barium Nitrate will signal the opening of this "International Year of Polytheism". We would like to invite you to join with us in igniting 10.000 bound sparklers, free of any judaeo-christian intent. Nothing but a wonderfully powerful fire signal, whose representational vacuity and lack of otherwise traditional symbolic meaning might just wake some of the ignoble gods exiled by monotheistic McKinseyism. We welcome the gods back from their second-class beyond(s).
January 26, 2007. Symposion Lindabrunn, Lindabrunn, Lower Austria.

Further events are planned.

And never forget: One is the number of the beast!


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Favorite Deity #8: Coyote

Frank Apunkt Schneider's favorite god is Coyote. Why? Well...
To make clear that Gods are categorically different from normal people there has been a long tradition of trickster Gods spanning almost every religious system. Examples include Bampana of the Aboriginals, Cercopes from Greek mythology (who dared even to fool around with bigshot Heracles), to the Q of the Star Trek Next Generation epos.

A trickster God or Goddess is one that disturbs the monotonous lifestyle of utilitarian human culture concerned with solving everyday problems, making profits or conquering worlds.

Trickster deities cross out the semiotics of such a type of reality by swapping around its constituent particles. This is remarkable in light of the fact that most big and bourgeois Gods and Goddesses are there to make sense, to be masters of their fiefdom, to explain how various things came to exist exactly the way they are. Thus they are predecessors of the monotheist Super Gods such as Yahweh, God or Allah which are seen more as invisible omnipotent constructs of meaning than traditional deities who exist more in the physical world.

In contrast to that, trickster deities are smaller sidekick deities of a nomadic lifestyle and appearance. They stand for the ever breeding potential of "anti-sense" - which is a necessary flip side of "meaning" (in philosophical terms).

Trickster Gods mock people, change things in an unpredictable way, turn everything around and upside down. They are like troublesome and annoying insects that whiz around one's head. They are anti-bourgeois because they represent the hidden and repressed knowledge that civilization is built on cruelty, suppression and lies.
In North American Indian mythologies the most famous trickster God is Coyote, which also appears as Akba Atatdia, First Scolder, Old Man or Old Man Coyote. He is a bit of a pop star in Native American's history because he incorporates a promise of freedom which has to be unattainable (to form the basis for the modernist notion of freedom), but seems to be even more attractive because of that fact.

What made Coyote so popular is that he was always good for a story. Most of the time this story was more than a mere story... it's more like a pop song that you want to sing and whistle while working through your stupid everyday life.

One very popular story tells of how one of his pranks ended up creating the milky way. This was when Black God (who was kind of a huge amount of black space) tried to make himself up by putting stars all over his black spaceness that he took out of his pocket. Coyote snatched the pocket to try out how the stars would taste but didn't like them so he spat them back into Black God's face. Now his pocket was empty and when Black God was shaking it out only dust fell from it on his black spaceness. The Dust that sticked there and formed our galaxy.

Another story reports how he distracted and interrupted Human Maker while he tried to make men from clay. Due to Coyote's pestering Human Maker and ruining his concentration, all men would turn out to be different by colour, stability and quality.

By that act Coyote, who pranks not only men but also his fellow deities, is important as a kind of "humanize button" in the boring technocratic machinery of the Gods.
Through his productive abuse and creative misreading, he helps the world of the Gods and Goddesses make sense by accounting for things that otherwise wouldn't. In short he is a typical punk mash up of Bill Gates and Johnny Rotten.