Saturday, 26 September 2009

Autumn's tale

The winds turns icy and cold.
Pulling upon golden leaf.
The Wintersmith spreads his silvery dust.
Lugus turns south.
Shadows grow longer.
Ancestors grow nearer.
Swallows go south, geese go north.
Pleiades and Orion march from the east.
Day and night.
Night and day have reached a balance if only for a few days.

Monday, 14 September 2009

Enemies of reason

I've been debating on a online forum with the leader of the group called

They stand for the reburial of human remains because it is a "desecration".
This small tradition called paganism had a even smaller tradition called Druids and within this small tradition has a small group who want the remains reburied.
The leader Frank said I was dishonouring and desecrating the ancestors because it's my view that these bones could lead us to have more knowledge about them and to hold onto the bones for future work when and if new technology becomes available.
How do we know we are "desecrating" their graves? We don't know anything about their theology.
The view of desecration comes from modern values, it is not their views as we have no evidence.
If they want real change that effects everyone then I want real evidence that this is desecration.
The reason they are protesting is because their feelings have been hurt.
Should a very small minorities beliefs affect the rest of the population? Should we deny everyone's right to have knowledge of their own history just because a few people feelings are being hurt?
Should we waiver to every single belief just because it might offend? What would the world look like?it would be like treading on egg shells.
I've found this group and other like them to be a huge embarrassment, they write to English Heritage complaining that their " ancestors "have not been reburied. They use threatening language when other pagans have opposing views to theirs calling us "pagans"dishonourable and lack respect for our ancestors and will be excommunicated. Saying that Pagans for archaeology are using mis-information, but when asked for references none are given.
I would like this message to go out to all the archaeologist that it's only a very small minority who have this view, some of us are undecided and some of us support your work.