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Name of Thunder



What the names of the gods to themselves may be, we do not know.

We, their children, know them by their relational names.


Long ago, I learned from Tony Kelly of the Pagan Movement in Britain and Ireland the relational love-names of Earth and Sun: Mabh and Pahh, respectively. By these names I know them to this day.

But what of Thunder, Earth's other husband?


Two she loved in the days of her youth: Sun and Thunder, and how to choose between them?

In the end, she understood that the choice was in truth no choice at all, and she took them both to husband.

For this I have two hands, she said.


The old Pagan Movement did not number Thunder, Earth's left-hand husband, among those that they honored, so they knew no name for him; but as me, I do. How, then, to Name him?

Dahh, I say, like to Pahh the Sun, his brother (and lover): his father-name to us, his children.

Love to you, my Dahh, I say, kissing my hand to him at the sound of first thunder.


With gods, name embodies function.

Dahh fathers: ejaculatory D (but a "lower," "closer" ejaculation than that of Pahh), open A, expulsive HH. (Pronounce that final sound as a strong H, a powered expulsion of air: the sound represented in Arabic as ح .)

So he begins with ejaculation, and ends with the breath of life. So we name Thunder our Father, a Name of Power: Dahh.

By this name he announces himself as he strides across the Land, magnificent, speaking the Primal Word.


Mabh, Pahh, Dahh.

Does not every child of two fathers need a name for each?


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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.


  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham Thursday, 24 June 2021

    On Disney's The Owl House there is a girl named Willow with two fathers. I think she calls them Poppy and Dada, but I'm not certain.

  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch Friday, 25 June 2021

    Even Disney gets it right sometimes.

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