paul blinkhorn <[log in to unmask]> wrote (in <002301c3211f$668
1ef00$c94669d5@oemcomputer>) about 'Pagan nonsense', on Fri, 23 May
>Having half followed this thread, one thing that troubles me is how, as an
>archaeologist, I'm supposed to tell the difference between a 'real' pagan
>and an acid casualty? I'm thinking specifically of Seahenge, where all
>sorts of people turned up and claimed the circle as their own, including one
>self-styled druid, clutching that well-known bardic instrument, a
>didgeridoo, and a stick with a sheep's skull on the end. Is he really a
Well, one sort of druid would know what 'A oes heddwch?' means, but
that's only one sort.(;-)
>If not, what constitutes the difference between a real druid and a
"Please don't ask for proof, because a smack in the mouth often
>Are we simply to listen to and allow access to everyone who turns
>up at a site and claims it a 'their' sacred centre of their religion?
>If people want to invent a religion, then they're perfectly entitled to do
>so, but at what point does their religion become valid? If I start a
>JCB/hard hat cult, should this give me access to every
>archaeological/construction site on which they are used? Should work stop
>several times a day so I can venerate the symbols of my religion?
It is perfectly normal practice at construction sites. Frequently
venerated symbols are the 'tea mug' and the 'Sun'.
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