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Warning: This post contains ideas and images that some readers may find offensive.

Talk about cultural poverty. Talk about premature canonization. Talk about unworthy traditions.

The so-called "Sacred Hunt" ritual has become a standard fixture at several Midwest pagan gatherings over the course of the last 10 years or so. Me, I hate this so-called "ritual." Personally, I would contend that, in fact, it is neither sacred, a hunt, nor even a ritual. I think it's time and high time that we drove a spear through its heart and let it die a well-deserved and long-overdue death.

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  • Aline "Macha" O'Brien
    Aline "Macha" O'Brien says #
    Which opinions you are entirely entitled to, Drake. Everyone experiences every ritual differently. I have not myself participate
  • Drake Spaeth
    Drake Spaeth says #
    Actually he is pretty clearly attacking the Sacred Hunt per se, and not getting at much else in my opinion. Ritual at it best can
  • Aline "Macha" O'Brien
    Aline "Macha" O'Brien says #
    Setting aside the issue of the Sacred Hunt per se, what I see Steven getting at is the appalling emphasis on self-indulgence that
  • Terence P Ward
    Terence P Ward says #
    I participated in this ritual in 2006, and count it as one of the most profound religious experiences of my life. In the 25+ year
  • Drake Spaeth
    Drake Spaeth says #
    Even though Mr. Posch apparently feels like he has made some sort of groundbreaking achievement by expressing his opinion about th

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Summerland Spirit Festival: Turtle Creek, Wisconsin, July 2014.

The Wild Hunt: post-industrial primitive. We've gathered in front of the hall: the hunters with our face paint and spears, along with the rest of the tribe. When the horns blow, we'll all process down to the Stones, where the Elders will call the Deer. We'll hunt, kill, and mourn him properly before we eat him and rejoice: the mysteries of life and death, the old, true ways.

A little girl whose name I don't know--she's maybe seven--comes up to me and asks very specific questions about the patterns of our face paint. Actually, she's already got it all figured out. The blue line across the nose and cheekbones means "hunter." The crossing line down the brow and ridge of the nose means "tribe." Right?

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  • Brenda Caudill
    Brenda Caudill says #
    Many people have worked very hard for this to happen and we will see more as our children grow.
  • Lizann Bassham
    Lizann Bassham says #
    Thank you, this makes my heart happy.

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