OOOOOH! lions and tygers and pagans oh my!
Do a websearch for pagan and you get a biker club for starters.
Ask a greek for a translation of pagan, and the root word roughly translates into
'from the country'- you know, people without central heating or dental plans, bumpkins.
But to the author, an ex Roman Catholic, pagan means a Hollywood starlet dancing for George
Saunders while Victor Mature as Sampson ( with the prop man's help) gets ready to bring down
the palace walls. He doesn't like a rather common human practise anthropology calls 'culture
borrowing.' Does the church have 'pagan cultural artifacts?' You betcha! And who cares?
My grandmother, a hardnosed Missouri Synod member had a white porcelain figure of a giesha
girl over the fireplace. On each side, ancient curtains were drawn with thick, milk white plastic
pulls shaped like acorns.
Years later, armed with my degree in Anthropology, I told her the 'geisha' was none other
than kuen yin ( kanon in Japan) the hermaphrodite buddha of compassion. Oh, and those acorns
are from saxon mythology to guard against lightning, the Oak symbol for Wotan.
My grandmother's reply? What's that to do wtih the price of tea in China? they don't mean that to me!