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How Do You Know When a God Is a God?

Every pagan knows that there are gods walking among us: seen, unseen, and (most often of all, I suspect), seen but unrecognized.

So how do you tell when that radiantly beautiful guy across the street, or the old woman that just happened to whisper exactly the right thing in your ear, is one of us or one of...Them?

According to the sages of India, there are three things to look for.

  • Gods never blink.*
  • Their garlands are unfading.
  • Their feet never touch ground.

So now you know.

Be told.


*I'm told that, as per director Franco Zefferelli's instruction, British actor Robert Powell, who plays the title role in the 1977 Jesus of Nazareth, never blinks even once throughout the film's 4+ hour duration.

Never having seen the movie myself, I cannot confirm this personally.






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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.


  • Murphy Pizza
    Murphy Pizza Tuesday, 08 January 2019

    Its true about Jesus of Nazareth (we.were.forced to watch it every Lent); Powell has these remarkable icy blue eyes, and not once does he blink in the whole film.
    As kid it seemed less godlike.and more just creepy. Now I find it corny.

    Birds dont touch the ground. Rivers dont blink. The evergreens never fade. And the gods are in everyone...

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