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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 #11: Pan

Georg Cracked loves Pan. Georg is a good man and Pan is a good god.
Having spent quite a few of my formative years with an imagined "no gods, no masters"-sticker on my back. I find the notion of a god hard to take. I don't even like people calling Michel Platini a football god and my private opinion that "Nick Cave is god" (done years ago as a review of one of his records) is parts respect of the art of Nick Cave, parts sarcasm of either the status of Nick Cave in the alternative rock world or of the status of god in the overall world. Moreover, Nick Cave would probably deeply resent the label, old monotheist that he is. "Get ready for love" and "there is a war coming from above" and all of that. You know your Nick Cave as well as I do. Back to the theme: even in super hero comics I could never warm up to godlike figures. That big one in Silver Surfer was damn arrogant. On the other I hand I thoroughly enjoy movies and comics turning Christian mythology on its head with cleverness (from "Hellboy" to "Dogma" and from "God's Army" to "Constantine" - hey two of those are comic movies) but that is probably just because Christian mythology is one I know quite well and therefore I can enjoy it a lot more as a backdrop mythology for an action movie. Sort of like James Bond movies or movies about the second world war.

Nevertheless, there is one god, or at least divine personality, that I feel a slight inclination towards, probably because he is a funny guy, likes to drink and party and wants to enjoy life like a neverending spring break party. And he is a musician on top. For centuries he has upset the early Christians due to his loose and easy lifestyle (and that of his followers) but as you know Christianity and its awkward seriousness - I mean, Calvin come on, you weren't all that serious about determination right? - won out in the end. They even used his shape (goats feet, horns) as a form for the devil himself. Christians are fun-spoilers, I tell you.

Drinking was a serious part of Pan's lifestyle as was lusting and leering. He was one of the Dionysus-posse and spent his days the way the rest of us would like to if we would be honest. He had that aromatic essence of lust around him that makes women act like Robbie Williams entered the room. He played the flute, which is the ancient equivalent of the electric guitar.
Of course, I am talking about Pan, as he was known to the Greek. In the Roman mythology he was called Faunus. But like P.Diddy and Puff Daddy, that doesn't mean much except that the times have changed. Somewhat. He is the son of Hermes and either the nymph Dryops, Kallisto or the goat called Aix. (I like country-life too, but the blame here is on Hermes - the god of luxury designer handbags - not on the offspring, right?) Officially, Pan is the god of the woods and nature, but then again, when he was around, there wasn't much more than woods and nature. I wouldn't take the words of shepherds as an account for anything, after all the stories they had about the wolf and such.

By the way, the word panic is also derived from him, because when he is disturbed during his siesta he takes revenge e.g. by chasing the flock around and spreading "panic fright".

Why not go for the big man himself: Dionysus? As a god of fornication and ecstasy, the idea is close. But Dionysus is also a very busy man, having to keep all that fornication going and seeing to it that the endless line of suntanned beauties never stops in the land of sunshine. Pan, on the other hand, has a much more easy and laid-back life. Everybody likes him in the crowd, so why head for the big spot. It is a kind of savoir vivre thing.

Finally, some myths insinuate that Pan died a long time ago. But I think he lives on in the form of Hugh Hefner. Every hip hop video tells me that he is still around. And if I get invited to the mansion, I will be there on time.