Monday, July 10, 2017

Traditional Dress of Alicante

As part of the San Juan festival there were parades featuring people in fabulous traditional outfits.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Hogueras de San Juan Part 3: THE BURNINATING

In a glorious pagan display of fire and ash, at the end of the festival all the hogueras are set on fire.  Safely.  Firefighters are on hand to keep the palm trees from catching on fire, and also to spray the crowd.  I did not realize until this happened why so many people were in bathing attire, and then it made sense.  A good time was had by all.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Hogueras de San Juan pt 2

I was fascinated by these things so I took lots of pictures.

Hogueras de San Juan: Pt 1

I just got back from a fabulous trip to Spain during the delightfully pagan San Juan festival, in which the small beach city of Alicante was filled with giant combustible sculptures called Hogueras.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Notice of Absence

Elisheba has been very generous and gracious in letting me post my own thoughts on this blog since its beginning.

I've reached a time when I don't feel like writing.  The caturday posts will continue regularly as I believe the internet can never have too many cute cat pictures, but otherwise I anticipate writing very irregularly or not at all.  I've tried to share things I found interesting or important, and I hope you, gentle reader, found something of interest as well.

In the meantime Elisheba is still writing, Project Gutenberg is a treasure, and the wider internet is vast and varied.    Peace be to you.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Reading the Bhagavad Gita, Chapters 17-18 and Conclusion

Chapter 17:

“Arjuna asked: My Lord! Those who do acts of sacrifice, not according to the scriptures but
nevertheless with implicit faith, what is their condition? Is it one of Purity, of Passion or of
Lord Shri Krishna replied: Man has an inherent faith in one or another of the Qualities –
Purity, Passion and Ignorance. Now listen.
The faith of every man conforms to his nature. By nature he is full of faith. He is in fact
what his faith makes him.
The Pure worship the true God; the Passionate, the powers of wealth and magic; the
Ignorant, the spirits of the dead and of the lower orders of nature."(p.45)

As an oxygen breather and plant eater, yes, I'm a devotee of cyanobacteria.

Second, we appear to have a rather large translation problem in the English.  Either that, or Krishna is reinterpreting the "implicit faith" of Arjuna's question.  Because it seems to me that Arjuna's "nevertheless" implies that the intentions are right, even if they haven't gotten the details of what kind of flowers to offer right.  But Krishna's interpretation seems to be that such a thing is impossible: if a person is pure, they will observe the letter as well as the spirit of the religion, otherwise not:

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday Fabulosity: Swords for Ladies Formal Wear

There have been some confused people on the internet who think a problem with Wonder Woman is that it is impossible for a lady to carry a sword in the back of her dress.

In solidarity with the well dressed ladies of the internet, and Wonder Woman herself, here is me with a sword down the back of my dress.