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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 #13: Inari

Daniel Eberharter of eloquence wants to share his favorite deity with us mortals: Inari.
I am convinced that so many of us (by "us" I mean young, urban, hip, clever, white, etc. people in Europe, Northamerica and similar boring landscapes) reject god or any kind of theological xyz-ism because we get bored so easily. We are the multi-taskers, and to think that one god is responsible for eeeeverything is just too plain simple, too boring, too easy an explanation for all the nonsense out there. And all the beautiful things, too. Cats, photographic paper, the sun, grass and ice-cream, all down to one god? I cannot believe that one god is even interested in creating all these things one after another. I'm sure God likes ice-cream, but what if He doesn't like broccoli? Do you think he'd have created broccoli if He hated it? Give God a break, He deserves it. He's exhausted.

That's why I'm so fond of multiple gods, deities and spirits. I'm especially fond of the Japanese way of doing (in this instance believing) things. The Japanese pick and mix their points of reference. Shintoism, buddhism and apparently some other isms I've never even heard of. Christian traditions also appear more and more, in weddings for instance. They are free to choose whichever ritual they want, at any point in life. I like that a lot.

I also like that so many objects or fortunes (also misfortunes) have their own god. Some are male, some are female. There are deities for trees, for fishing, for good luck, for fire, for earthquakes, and also for rice. The latter god is my pick: Inari.

Inari is the god and godess of food, in particular rice, agriculture, foxes, and, curiously, industry. Each year he or she - Inari can take on any gender - descends from a mountain to the rice fields. The fox is Inari's messenger and it is believed that he/she can assume a fox's shape. If someone fucks with Inari, he/she will take on the form of a giant spider to teach them a lesson.

I really like the idea that each different "thing" out there has its own god that represents it or protect it. And yes, that shall include rice and cats. If you're having rice, thank god, but its god. More than anything else, doing this shows some form of respect for what's around you; just like saying thanks if someone picks up your gloves when you dropped them on the street without noticing.

Another reason why I like Inari is his favorite dish that is being offered to him in his shrines: Fried bean curd parcels that are stuffed with - you guessed it - rice. I absolutely LOVE the fact that "(f)ried tofu is believed to be a favorite food of Japanese foxes, and an Inari-zushi roll has pointed corners that resemble fox ears, thus reinforcing the association." (Smyers, Karen Ann. The Fox and the Jewel: Shared and Private Meanings in Contemporary Japanese Inari Worship)
These little parcels are delicious and usually eaten by regular humans as breakfast. This is hard to find outside of Japan, but Asian food stores will sell you cans of these tofu-shells (called aburage), and you can make the stuff at home. Try it, it's great!

Oh, and before I forget: these little parcels of goodness are called inari-sushi. What else.