Paganistan: Notes from the Secret Commonwealth

In Which One Midwest Man-in-Black Confers, Converses & Otherwise Hob-Nobs with his Fellow Hob-Men (& -Women) Concerning the Sundry Ways of the Famed but Ill-Starred Tribe of Witches.

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The Dream of a Common Language

In the dream, I'm part of a delegation of New Pagans from the West that has gone to the Kalasha valleys to attend a grand convocation of contemporary pagans, both old and new.

(The Kalasha are the only Indo-European-speaking people who have continuously practiced their ancestral religion since ancient times. About 4000 of them live in three remote valleys in what is now northwestern Pakistan. They are known for their polytheistic religion, their wine-drinking, and for the freedom—and beauty—of their women.)

A Kalasha spokeswoman stands up to welcome everyone to Kalashastan. A few sentences into her speech, everyone begins to laugh in appreciative surprise.

Although she is speaking in Kalasha, a language that none of the delegation from the West know, we find that we can, nonetheless, understand exactly what she is saying. Beneath our difference of languages, there is still a common vocabulary that we all share. The realization delights us.

I laugh and applaud along with the others, old pagans and new together.


Above: Lakshan Bibi (Kalasha)

Lakshan Bibi is Pakistan's first licensed female pilot.


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Poet, scholar and storyteller Steven Posch was raised in the hardwood forests of western Pennsylvania by white-tailed deer. (That's the story, anyway.) He emigrated to Paganistan in 1979 and by sheer dint of personality has become one of Lake Country's foremost men-in-black. He is current keeper of the Minnesota Ooser.


  • Dragon Dancer
    Dragon Dancer Saturday, 23 February 2019

    Awesome dream! If only, right?

  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch Sunday, 24 February 2019

    Indeed! Very few of my dreams strike me as being profound, but I think that this one qualifies.

    Me, I'm going to hold out for a metaphorical reading. Underlying all the differences of pantheon, thew (custom), and ritual, something deep down tells me that we do share an identity, besides what we're not (i.e. non-scriptural, non-dharmic, non-abrahamic).

    If that's a dream, I embrace it.

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