Thursday, May 07, 2009

Gallimaufry with Confusion

• The latest weird search query to bring a visitor to this blog: "Is New Mexico a polytheistic, monotheistic, or animistic religion?" Hello? New Mexico is a state. No wonder that for years New Mexico Magazine has had a standing column on geographical confusion called "One of Our 50 is Missing."

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TheoFantastique [Morehead] : Cinema has also changed in its depiction of the witch. Are fairytale depictions as in Harry Potter, as well as those which depict the empowerment of the feminine perhaps the most common modes of expression in contemporary film?

Carrol Fry: Yes, the empowerment of the feminine is the most popular adaptation, whether the film is supportive of critical. I’m sure this has to do with attracting an audience for the film. But Pagans might well feel that Hollywood slights their spiritual paths by concentrating nearly exclusively on feminist Wicca, and then just on the most sensational elements. By the way, there’s a strong subtext of feminist Wicca in
that no one much notices, most obviously in Sophie’s (named for Sophia from the Gnostic tradition) blunders into a Wiccan ceremony in which her grandfather is “drawing down the moon” as a coven ceremony. There are a few other witch films that are not part of the culture wars, romantic films such as I Married a Witch
and Bell, Book and Candle that are neither the silly version of witches (that have nothing to do with Neo-Paganism[sic]) such as the Harry Potter novels and films nor adaptations of Wicca.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for the link to the podcast I'm enjoying it right now!


6:17 PM  
Blogger Peculiar said...

I don't think anyone's too clear on the true, err, Heimatlandgeist of New Mexico, but monotheism is definitely not it.

10:54 AM  
Anonymous John W. Morehead said...

Thanks for mentioning my interview with Dr. Fry, Chas. But in terms of self-designation I wouldn't call myself a Christian apologist, especially not at TheoFantastique where I am an explorer in the fantastic in pop culture as informed in part by my Christian faith. At Morehead's Musings I'm not much of an apologist either. There I wear my intercultural studies hat. Fort what it's worth. Thanks again for the plug.

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Anonymous Chas S. Clifton said...


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