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Thread #116157   Message #2492639
Posted By: Jack Blandiver
13-Nov-08 - 07:43 AM
Thread Name: Pagan Songs
Subject: RE: Pagan Songs
this remnant might be pagan,

Or not. There's a few of these in New Age / Pagan literature purporting to be in some way Traditional but are derived entirely from Robert Graves' poem The Allansford Pursuit (see footnote on page 402 of The White Goddess), itself an elaboration on a verse collected during the trial of Isobel Gowdie in 1662. Even a cursory glance at Bob Stewart's Where Is Saint George? Pagan Imagery in English Folk Song will reveal the subject to be another dead horse to be liberally flogged by the otherwise rootless lost for the want of scriptural or canonical provenance essential to their claims. See also the threads on the Green Man, another pagan archetype which isn't what it appears to be...

When it comes to truly pagan music, the dark heart of reverential wonder must resonate in the immediacy of the ceremonial moment; something of the Tertius Auris whereby ritual is the shamanic wounding essential to any true communion - something a bit like This perhaps.