If you don’t like a deity, any deity, my advice is simple:
There are no Pagan Police who are going to be on you like cheese on bread if you don’t dare worship every single deity that your ancestors worshiped, because then we’re all screwed when some unknown deity comes along and is all “Hey, YOU! Where’s my piece of the pie? I was worshiped by X people at Y time. Y U FORGET ME?!”
I know you’re probably thinking that this is about something I saw on Facebook about Loki (and it is) but this is also about people like Trixie who disparage more “mainstream” deities like Freyja. Speaking of Trixie, I thought I saw that she was considering switching to Vanatru a week ago, but I can’t find the comment, so I will assume I was having a nightmare and she’s not actually seriously considering it, because then I’d have to make popcorn.
Anyways, back to the main topic of discussion. Seriously, if you don’t like a particular figure from your mythology, don’t worship them. I don’t get along with Kemetic deities, but I don’t go around saying disparaging things about Kemetic deities, BUT ESPECIALLY not in front of people who are devoted to them. I certainly avoid constantly going on about it wherever I can find an audience willing to listen. I don’t interrupt threads with “BTW Odin sux” or something equally silly, and I try to generally avoid using EVERY (and I do mean every) opportunity to bash Odin’s followers.
You know what I do?
I. Don’t. Get. Involved.
Okay, actually, I might get involved if the topic is regarding the latest stupid thing some Asshattru is done, or in a thread called “Why don’t you honour Odin?” (or something like that) but anything else strikes me as walking into a church service and being all “Hail Satan!” and attempting to conduct an (early modern) form of the Black Mass with a naked lady you brought for the purpose. It’s rude, disrespectful, and potentially messy.
As an aside, I love it when people tell me I obviously don’t know anything about academia despite the two degrees I have on my wall.
As a further aside, I also love it when people lecture me about the meaning of the word “religion”–when I have a degree in RELIGIOUS studies, the discipline devoted to the study of RELIGION, where we defined RELIGION at the beginning of Every. Fucking. Class.
Hey Sard, if you’re reading this, how about if I define the word “Medieval” for you? It’s a period in history stretching from around 900 – 1400 CE (give or take a few decades) where people believed some really crazy shit like that the Sun revolved around the Earth, also, SATRAPS! ISN’T THIS FUN? (Those of you who are reading this can substitute your particular field and a particularly basic definition that probably gets a bunch of things wrong.)
My point is….I need to stop talking to these people. Would anyone like to give me a few strokes with a flogger so I can deal with my obvious masochistic tendencies in a healthy way?