Another mythologizing animal sharing a spark of intellectual passion!
Wheee! This is so nifty! Along with several sister scholars from CIIS, I have two articles in the beautiful new little anthology Unto Herself: A Devotional Anthology for Independent Goddesses which was put out by Bibliotheca Alexandrina and edited by Ashley Horn. Gleeee! Isn't it beautiful?! :)
Okay! So, official-like stuff here: I wrote two articles — one on Tabiti, Goddess of primal fire, and supreme Goddess of the Central Asian nomads from the late Bronze and early Iron Ages. The other was a midrash of the Lokasenna (or Flyting of Loki) — rewritten to depict Freyja, the Ancient Norse Goddess of Love and Death, righteously confronting those male gods who belittled and/or did not defend her honor during Loki's flytings.
There's also a lot of other beautiful work in the book — glancing over it quickly, I see a lovely mix of poetry, stories, ritual, more scholarly work, prayers, and more! There are over 60 contributions to this marvelous anthology, all honoring those fascinating, complex, often contradictory-seeming Goddesses who are complete unto themselves, and who teach us how to be so as well.
Woohoooo! I am SO EXCITED! Pardon me, I'm heading off to do the happy-Collie-dance now ;) — oh! Also, if you get the book and read it, please please let me know what you think? I would love to hear other folks' thoughts as well on my scholarly writings!
Bestiaries depict mythical, moralizing animals, but are also potential allegorical sparks that can bloom into brilliant mental bonfires. My bestiary is this mythologizing animal's fascinated exploration of beauty & meaning in the wonder of existence -- in the hopes of inspiring yet more joyous flares of intellectual passion.
Help yourself & me too!