More Sheri Tepper (was Re: Good Haul)

Gross Family argross at bigpond.net.au
Fri Jul 6 02:39:36 EDT 2001



> Ros said...
> >
> > I very much enjoyed "Waking the Moon", which I viewed as not so much a
> > misrepresentation of Paganism and feminism, as an imaginative exercise:

Dorian replied:

> Oh, now don't get me wrong; I do like "Waking the Moon", quite a lot.  I
> also think it's quite accurate in what it depicts, but it only depicts a
> very narrow strand of Paganism and feminism.  Of course, the other strands
> of both are not relevant to the story, and would have no business in
there -
> but I do sometimes get worried that people who don't know much about
> Paganism or feminism might read the book and think that what's depicted
> there is the be-all and end-all of them.

> Yes, I absolutely agree. And I agree it could well give people a very
distorted picture of any religions based on the idea of a goddess.

> > I read in an interview
> > of Hand that the whole idea was stimulated by historiacal reading and
> > research that seemed to suggest that the ancient goddess cults actually
> > contained cruel and dark practices such as the sacrifice of men.
>
> Yes, I think some, at least, of them did.  I think she's got all her
> historical and ritual stuff pretty accurate, if not at all pretty. :-)
>
> > Maybe after reading this historical stuff she felt
> > annoyed by what she might have then seen as the idealisation by some
> > feminists of ancient cultures thought to be ruled by women?
>
> Grin.  Plausible theory.  I find that kind of idealisation pretty
> irritating, anyhow.  Modern Paganism doesn't bear that much resemblance to
> some of the ancient religions.
>
> > Anyway, I can certainly see why Pagans could find it offensive.
>
> Not offensive...just unnerving and a little worrying. :-)

Yep, you have no argument from me about this. While not exactly a Pagan
myself, I feel a great deal of rapport for Paganism, and I can see exactly
what you mean.

Ros

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