Paganistan: Notes from the Secret Commonwealth

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The Way of Kouros with Kouros


A Feriferian Idyll


In the heat of the afternoon, Kouros lay in the leafy shade by the side of the forest pool.

Deep into its dark waters he gazed. There he beheld a Youth of shining beauty gazing back at him. Their eyes met.

Filled with wonder, Kouros stretched forth his hand. The Youth took it, and he drew him forth naked from the waters. They stood gazing, one upon another, admiring.

“How beautiful you are,” said Kouros.

“No more beautiful than you,” said the Kouros of the Pool.

“How sculpted your chest, how tender your nipples,” said Kouros.

“How broad your shoulders, how full your lips,” said the Other Kouros, and their lips joined.

Their bodies pressed together, strength to strength.

Through all that long Summer's afternoon, the grove rang with the sounds of their love play: the Dark Twin and the Light.

Listen well, my love, and you can hear them still.



This morning I dreamed of Feraferia's Frederick Adams, one of the Pagan Revival's most visionary pioneers.

Though premised on the Courtship and Love-Play of Kore with Kouros, Divine Youth with Divine Maiden, the Feraferian vision has always embraced the beauty and sanctity of other forms of love as well. At a time when much of the pagan world was still resistant to this truth, this generous clarity of vision opened for me a door through which, once and for all, I entered in in gladness.

In this spirit, I make my offering.



Frederick MacClaren Adams


Reborn to the People




The Piraeus Apollo, circa 530-520 BCE




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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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