and Fuse: A Tribal and Tribal Fusion Belly Dance Magazine present
Wendy Allen of FatChanceBellyDance ®
February 1-3, 2013
Workshops and Performances at
St. Paul’s Wellstone Center ***
With Special Guests: Kelly Holder, Cassandra Shore & Tim O’Keefe
Gala Show Spectacular February 1, 2013 featuring
Wendy Allen, Kelly Holder, Cassandra Shore
Kamala Chaand Dance Co, Bougouis Bohemians, Luna Rouge
and STTWC Instructors
Editor’s note: ***Venue change
Something Tribal This Way Comes will take place at Minneapolis’ Old Arizona at 2821 Nicollet Ave. The Gala Show Spectacular and Participant Showcase are combined into one Friday night event. Registration for the workshop and tickets for the Gala can be purchased online at http://somethingtribal.com or at the door.
All forms of belly dance have had an explosion of popularity in the Pagan and Twin Cities community the last few years. I talked to Tasha Rose of Kamala Chaand Dance Co about the event:
What is unique about this event?
Tasha: It is the first Minnesota workshop setting bringing together a collaboration of three great talents and aspects of the Tribal Belly Dance world;
American Tribal Style (ATS) Master Wendy Allen of FatChanceBelltDance®
Kelly Holder who is an up and coming teacher in the Tribal fusion dance world
Cassandra Shore, a local but world class dancer and teacher who is versed in the tribal roots and history of Tribal dance and the rich folkloric heritage of the Middle East. (more…)
Before we venture into 2013, we’d thought we’d look back at 2012. Here are the 12 most viewed PNC-Minnesota articles and editorials in 2012.
12. Pagan and Poly – an Interview Series This series of interviews with Pagan folks who have experience withpolyamory (poly), will inform you of the diversity within poly and the challenges and benefits to this life style orientation.
11. Glamping, Pagan Spirit Gathering style When you’re camping for a week or longer, bringing a few creature comforts is not a bad idea. A blow up mattress, a folding table, perhaps even a coffee pot. You think you’re camping in luxury until you notice the camp next to yours. An oven? A chandelier? Air conditioning? Those people know how to glamp (glamorous camping) at a Pagan festival. Here’s a slideshow of some of the very best camps and glamping ideas from 2012′s Pagan Spirit Gathering.
10. Christopher Penczak – Interview with Paganicon Guest I talked to Christopher Penczak about his appearance as featured Paganicon guest March 16-18th. He is an energetic, prolific, and well spoken author whose writing have sought to synthesize and integrate many magical concepts with the practice of the Witchcraft. He is offering three workshops and a ritual at Paganicon, so if you don’t come away understanding his perspective, you have missed out!
9. 6th Century Temple to Aphrodite to be buried to make way for Apartment Building (Letter to the Editor) At present, the Greek Government is attempting to entomb and conceal the Temple, rather than fully excavating the site. Originally upon its discovery, an initial decision was made to continue its excavation; however, this decision was later overturned. Since then the fate of this important part of Hellenic history has been ‘frozen’ and was rescheduled to be discussed in April of 2011, but has since been postponed to be reopened early this year. If the Greek Government and the property owner get their way, the temple will remain buried, and an irreplaceable national treasure will be lost.
8. After the obituary, a post-mortem on Sacred Paths Center “Why is Sacred Paths Center closing?” is a question asked by Twin Cities Pagans after reading the announcement. That question is quickly followed by, “What can we learn from their experience?” by Pagan organizations such as Solar Cross Temple in San Francisco and the Open Hearth Foundation community center in Washington DC. PNC-Minnesota spoke with past and present Sacred Paths Center (SPC) board members, volunteers, and their last financial auditor, looked over financial recordsand minutes of board meetings, and interviewed Teisha Magee to answer those questions.
7. M. Macha NightMare Withdraws from Reclaiming Tradition I, M. Macha NightMare, Priestess & Witch, aka Aline O’Brien, withdraw from the publicly recognized organization known as Reclaiming Tradition Witchcraft and hereby dissociate myself from further involvement with the tradition. I make this statement formally and publicly because I am a public figure known to be connected to Reclaiming.
6. Prominent Heathen charged with theft Kansas City police sergeant and Chieftain of Jotun’s Bane Kindred Mark Ludwig Stinson is charged with stealing more than $75,000 from his mother over a two year period, resulting in her eviction from an assisted-living facility.
5. Building bridges between Dianic and Trans communities at PSG Pagan Spirit Gathering (PSG) played host to a press conference on Saturday to detail the progress made in discussions surrounding issues of gender rituals, women’s mystery traditions, and the transgender community. As happened at other recent Pagan events, controversy was sparked by a women’s ritual limited to women who will, have, or had experienced menstruation, thereby excluding transgendered women. Discussions involving Rev. Selena Fox of Circle Sanctuary, Dianic High Priestess and women’s Solstice ritual leader Ruth Barrett, and festival presenter and transgendered activist Melissa Murry took place before and during Pagan Spirit Gathering. While the three women said they do not speak for all in their community they took part in what they termed respectful dialogue to search for solutions for next year’s PSG.
4. Letter to the Editor – When Religious Discrimination Hits Home A short time later, I received another call informing me that my father and I would not be allowed to attend Brad’s funeral because I was Wiccan and Brad’s wife didn’t want me to “pollute their church” with my evil presence. I was dumbfounded by this. Even as I write this, I still have a hard time believing that this really happened. Does being Catholic mean that you cannot be accepting of other spiritual paths? What makes Wicca, which is one of the most gentle and forgiving spiritual paths, so “evil”? Would Jesus have barred me from saying goodbye to a deceased family member because I wasn’t Catholic?
3. Letter to the Editor: CisWomen only ritual at PantheaCon Instead of taking part in a ritual which I needed I’m sitting in a hotel room writing this letter. I didn’t attend the Sacred Body ritual hosted by Z Budapest because I couldn’t face the protest. A protest sparked by pain. I know pain. I was sexually abused in my marriage for 17 years. Then I was abused for 5 more years by different men. I hated my womanhood and my body. Rituals like the one offered by Zsuzsanna have helped me begin to heal and I need them. I’m not a bigot. I don’t hate you. Please, sisters, hear my words.
2. A Day with Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson On Thursday I was able to do something few have the chance to do: spend the entire day with a Presidential candidate. Two-term Governor of New Mexico and likely Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson came to Minnesota for a fundraiser. What I learned during our time together reinforced the idea that this candidate means it when he claims to represent all Americans. This article not only was the second most read, it was the article most shared and linked to by non-Pagans.
1. Quick response by local school over Pagan necklace A St. Paul Public School substitute teacher was disciplined after asking a Pagan elementary student to tuck her pentacle necklace into her shirt, a request not made to other students wearing religious necklaces. The article was read by 44,110 people and garnered 150 comments.
Thank you for sharing your story ideas, writing Letters to the Editor, reading, commenting, and sharing. PNC-Minnesota wishes you the very best New Year and a safe, peaceful, healthy, and prosperous 2013.
Of Pagan Interest highlights cultural events in the Twin Cities metro that fall under the extremely broad umbrella of “Pagan interest.”
Monday, October 1
Next Generation of Parks Lecture: Sweet & Salt, Water and the Dutch
Location: U of M – Ralph Rapson Hall
Vita occulta plantarum (secret life of plants)
Location: Bakken Library and Museum
Runs through October 7
Location: Black Forest Inn 1 E 26th St Minneapolis
Cost: FREE admission
Runs through October 20
It’s Chiming in Normaltown
Location: Midway Contemporary Art 527 2nd Ave. SE Minneapolis
Runs through October 6
Sacred Space, Contested Terrain
Location: Katherine E. Nash Gallery 405 21st Ave. S. Minneapolis
Event Theosophical Society – Anita Collodoro Lecture
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: First Unitarian Society 900 Mt Curve Ave. Minneapolis
Nature in Proximity
Location: Nina Bliese Gallery 225 6th St. Minneapolis
Tuesday, October 2
Banned Books Week: Defend Your Favorite
Time: 6:30 pm
East Lake Library – Register Online
Time: 6-8 pm
Northeast Library, Minneapolis
Great Decisions: Energy Geopolitics
Time: 1-2:30 PM
Washburn Library, Minneapolis
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Time: 2 – 3:15 pm
Wednesday, October 3
One Minneapolis One Read: Dakota 38
Location: Minneapolis Central Library
Thursday, October 4
Talk of the Stacks with Naomi Wolf
Time: 7 pm
Author of the Beauty Myth presents her new book, “Vagina: a New Biography.”
Location: Minneapolis Central Library
Dead and Undead
“Find out how rabies is related to the mythologies of vampires and zombies, satisfy your urge for real human brains, explore reanimation through electrical shock, learn how to mummify a chicken and taxidermy a squirrel, watch out for the flesh eating beetles, and see the new Lost Egypt exhibition before it opens to the general public.”
Time: 6 pm – 11 pm
Location: Science Museum of Minnesota
Cost $15, $21 with Omnitheatre ticket
Friday, October 5
Twin Cities Oktoberfest
Time 4 pm through 11 pm, October 5 & 6
Location Progress Center MN State Fairgrounds 1265 Snelling Ave N
Cost: $25 admission
Saturday, October 6
Make Green Cleaning Products
Time: 12:30 pm – 2 pm
Location: St. Anthony Library
Time: 5pm – 9 pm
Location Father Hennepin Bluffs
Friday, October 12
Zinnia Folk Arts – What is the Day of the Dead?
Location Zinnia Folk Arts, LLC 826 West 50th St Minneapolis, MN
Time 6:30 pm
Cost: Free admission
This speech by Pericles, given in honor of the Athenians who gave their lives after the first battles of the Peloponnesian war, is considered the greatest speech ever given. It’s as moving today as when it was first uttered in 431 BC. The greatness of Athens Pericles extols is a classic statement of the value of democracy. Today we honor those who died protecting the same ideals Pericles so eloquently speaks of. May Columbia, or what ever gods you follow, help us live up to those ideals purchased with the blood of the fallen and may the gods bless them in the afterlife.
“Our constitution does not copy the laws of neighbouring states; we are rather a pattern to others than imitators ourselves. Its administration favours the many instead of the few; this is why it is called a democracy. If we look to the laws, they afford equal justice to all in their private differences; if no social standing, advancement in public life falls to reputation for capacity, class considerations not being allowed to interfere with merit; nor again does poverty bar the way, if a man is able to serve the state, he is not hindered by the obscurity of his condition. The freedom which we enjoy in our government extends also to our ordinary life. There, far from exercising a jealous surveillance over each other, we do not feel called upon to be angry with our neighbour for doing what he likes, or even to indulge in those injurious looks which cannot fail to be offensive, although they inflict no positive penalty. But all this ease in our private relations does not make us lawless as citizens. Against this fear is our chief safeguard, teaching us to obey the magistrates and the laws, particularly such as regard the protection of the injured, whether they are actually on the statute book, or belong to that code which, although unwritten, yet cannot be broken without acknowledged disgrace.
“Further, we provide plenty of means for the mind to refresh itself from business. We celebrate games and sacrifices all the year round, and the elegance of our private establishments forms a daily source of pleasure and helps to banish the spleen; while the magnitude of our city draws the produce of the world into our harbor, so that to the Athenian the fruits of other countries are as familiar a luxury as those of his own.
“If we turn to our military policy, there also we differ from our antagonists. We throw open our city to the world, and never by alien acts exclude foreigners from any opportunity of learning or observing, although the eyes of an enemy may occasionally profit by our liberality; trusting less in system and policy than to the native spirit of our citizens; while in education, where our rivals from their very cradles by a painful discipline seek after manliness, at Athens we live exactly as we please, and yet are just as ready to encounter every legitimate danger. In proof of this it may be noticed that the Lacedaemonians do not invade our country alone, but bring with them all their confederates; while we Athenians advance unsupported into the territory of a neighbour, and fighting upon a foreign soil usually vanquish with ease men who are defending their homes. Our united force was never yet encountered by any enemy, because we have at once to attend to our marine and to dispatch our citizens by land upon a hundred different services; so that, wherever they engage with some such fraction of our strength, a success against a detachment is magnified into a victory over the nation, and a defeat into a reverse suffered at the hands of our entire people. And yet if with habits not of labor but of ease, and courage not of art but of nature, we are still willing to encounter danger, we have the double advantage of escaping the experience of hardships in anticipation and of facing them in the hour of need as fearlessly as those who are never free from them.
“Nor are these the only points in which our city is worthy of admiration. We cultivate refinement without extravagance and knowledge without effeminacy; wealth we employ more for use than for show, and place the real disgrace of poverty not in owning to the fact but in declining the struggle against it. Our public men have, besides politics, their private affairs to attend to, and our ordinary citizens, though occupied with the pursuits of industry, are still fair judges of public matters; for, unlike any other nation, regarding him who takes no part in these duties not as unambitious but as useless, we Athenians are able to judge at all events if we cannot originate, and, instead of looking on discussion as a stumbling-block in the way of action, we think it an indispensable preliminary to any wise action at all. Again, in our enterprises we present the singular spectacle of daring and deliberation, each carried to its highest point, and both united in the same persons; although usually decision is the fruit of ignorance, hesitation of reflection. But the palm of courage will surely be adjudged most justly to those, who best know the difference between hardship and pleasure and yet are never tempted to shrink from danger. In generosity we are equally singular, acquiring our friends by conferring, not by receiving, favors. Yet, of course, the doer of the favor is the firmer friend of the two, in order by continued kindness to keep the recipient in his debt; while the debtor feels less keenly from the very consciousness that the return he makes will be a payment, not a free gift. And it is only the Athenians, who, fearless of consequences, confer their benefits not from calculations of expediency, but in the confidence of liberality.
“In short, I say that as a city we are the school of Hellas, while I doubt if the world can produce a man who, where he has only himself to depend upon, is equal to so many emergencies, and graced by so happy a versatility, as the Athenian. And that this is no mere boast thrown out for the occasion, but plain matter of fact, the power of the state acquired by these habits proves. For Athens alone of her contemporaries is found when tested to be greater than her reputation, and alone gives no occasion to her assailants to blush at the antagonist by whom they have been worsted, or to her subjects to question her title by merit to rule. Rather, the admiration of the present and succeeding ages will be ours, since we have not left our power without witness, but have shown it by mighty proofs; and far from needing a Homer for our panegyrist, or other of his craft whose verses might charm for the moment only for the impression which they gave to melt at the touch of fact, we have forced every sea and land to be the highway of our daring, and everywhere, whether for evil or for good, have left imperishable monuments behind us. Such is the Athens for which these men, in the assertion of their resolve not to lose her, nobly fought and died; and well may every one of their survivors be ready to suffer in her cause.
“Indeed if I have dwelt at some length upon the character of our country, it has been to show that our stake in the struggle is not the same as theirs who have no such blessings to lose, and also that the panegyric of the men over whom I am now speaking might be by definite proofs established. That panegyric is now in a great measure complete; for the Athens that I have celebrated is only what the heroism of these and their like have made her, men whose fame, unlike that of most Hellenes, will be found to be only commensurate with their desserts. And if a test of worth be wanted, it is to be found in their closing scene, and this not only in cases in which it set the final seal upon their merit, but also in those in which it gave the first intimation of their having any. For there is justice in the claim that steadfastness in his country’s battles should be as a cloak to cover a man’s other imperfections; since the good action has blotted out the bad, and his merit as a citizen more than outweighed his demerits as an individual. But none of these allowed either wealth with its prospect of future enjoyment to unnerve his spirit, or poverty with its hope of a day of freedom and riches to tempt him to shrink from danger. No, holding that vengeance upon their enemies was more to be desired than any personal blessings, and reckoning this to be the most glorious of hazards, they joyfully determined to accept the risk, to make sure of their vengeance, and to let their wishes wait; and while committing to hope the uncertainty of final success, in the business before them they thought fit to act boldly and trust in themselves. Thus choosing to die resisting, rather than to live submitting, they fled only from dishonour, but met danger face to face, and after one brief moment, while at the summit of their fortune, escaped, not from their fear, but from their glory.
“So died these men as became Athenians. You, their survivors, must determine to have as unfaltering a resolution in the field, though you may pray that it may have a happier issue. And not contented with ideas derived only from words of the advantages which are bound up with the defence of your country, though these would furnish a valuable text to a speaker even before an audience so alive to them as the present, you must yourselves realize the power of Athens, and feed your eyes upon her from day to day, till love of her fills your hearts; and then, when all her greatness shall break upon you, you must reflect that it was by courage, sense of duty, and a keen feeling of honor in action that men were enabled to win all this, and that no personal failure in an enterprise could make them consent to deprive their country of their valour, but they laid it at her feet as the most glorious contribution that they could offer. For this offering of their lives made in common by them all they each of them individually received that renown which never grows old, and for a sepulchre, not so much that in which their bones have been deposited, but that noblest of shrines wherein their glory is laid up to be eternally remembered upon every occasion on which deed or story shall call for its commemoration. For heroes have the whole earth for their tomb; and in lands far from their own, where the column with its epitaph declares it, there is enshrined in every breast a record unwritten with no tablet to preserve it, except that of the heart. These take as your model and, judging happiness to be the fruit of freedom and freedom of valour, never decline the dangers of war. For it is not the miserable that would most justly be unsparing of their lives; these have nothing to hope for: it is rather they to whom continued life may bring reverses as yet unknown, and to whom a fall, if it came, would be most tremendous in its consequences. And surely, to a man of spirit, the degradation of cowardice must be immeasurably more grievous than the unfelt death which strikes him in the midst of his strength and patriotism!
“Comfort, therefore, not condolence, is what I have to offer to the parents of the dead who may be here. Numberless are the chances to which, as they know, the life of man is subject; but fortunate indeed are they who draw for their lot a death so glorious as that which has caused your mourning, and to whom life has been so exactly measured as to terminate in the happiness in which it has been passed. Still I know that this is a hard saying, especially when those are in question of whom you will constantly be reminded by seeing in the homes of others blessings of which once you also boasted: for grief is felt not so much for the want of what we have never known, as for the loss of that to which we have been long accustomed. Yet you who are still of an age to beget children must bear up in the hope of having others in their stead; not only will they help you to forget those whom you have lost, but will be to the state at once a reinforcement and a security; for never can a fair or just policy be expected of the citizen who does not, like his fellows, bring to the decision the interests and apprehensions of a father. While those of you who have passed your prime must congratulate yourselves with the thought that the best part of your life was fortunate, and that the brief span that remains will be cheered by the fame of the departed. For it is only the love of honour that never grows old; and honour it is, not gain, as some would have it, that rejoices the heart of age and helplessness.
“Turning to the sons or brothers of the dead, I see an arduous struggle before you. When a man is gone, all are wont to praise him, and should your merit be ever so transcendent, you will still find it difficult not merely to overtake, but even to approach their renown. The living have envy to contend with, while those who are no longer in our path are honoured with a goodwill into which rivalry does not enter. On the other hand, if I must say anything on the subject of female excellence to those of you who will now be in widowhood, it will be all comprised in this brief exhortation. Great will be your glory in not falling short of your natural character; and greatest will be hers who is least talked of among the men, whether for good or for bad.
“My task is now finished. I have performed it to the best of my ability, and in word, at least, the requirements of the law are now satisfied. If deeds be in question, those who are here interred have received part of their honours already, and for the rest, their children will be brought up till manhood at the public expense: the state thus offers a valuable prize, as the garland of victory in this race of valor, for the reward both of those who have fallen and their survivors. And where the rewards for merit are greatest, there are found the best citizens.
“And now that you have brought to a close your lamentations for your relatives, you may depart.”