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Nine Measures of Weirdness

There's an old song from Roman-age Judea that's cited in both the Talmud and Robert Graves' classic novel of Goddess revisionist history, King Jesus, called “Ten Measures of Wisdom.”

It goes like this:

Ten measures of Wisdom

were given to the world:

Israel took nine,

the rest took one.


So it continues through the various nations of the world:


Ten measures of Lechery

were given to the world:

Arabia took nine,

the rest took one.


Ten measures of Sovereignty

were given to the world:

Rome took nine,

the rest took one.


Ah, fun with stereotypes. My personal favorite:


Ten measures of Magic

were given to the world:

Egypt took nine,

the rest took one.


Now, I don't know how long you've been around the pagan community. But let me ask you something.

I realize that every community has its share of misfits and weirdos, but honestly, does it not seem to you,  when it comes to such, that pagans are...well, shall we say, over-represented?

Robert Graves died in 1985, and the Talmud took final form in the so-called 4th century. Still, just for the record, I'd like to propose an additional verse:


Ten measures of Weirdness

were given to the world:

Pagans took nine,

the rest took one.


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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.


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