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the Merciful Earth
« on: March 17, 2016, 01:29:51 pm »
It occurs to me that there might be people here who are interested in this! Last month I finally self-published my chapbook of poetry and fiction about my goddess Mara. It's up here on Amazon.
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Re: the Merciful Earth
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2016, 01:35:01 pm »
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It occurs to me that there might be people here who are interested in this! Last month I finally self-published my chapbook of poetry and fiction about my goddess Mara. It's up here on Amazon.


Does she have anything to do with the Buddhist personification of ignorance, impermanence and suffering, or the Scandinavian spirit of nightmares, or is the similarity, pertaining to name, just a strange coincidence?

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Re: the Merciful Earth
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2016, 04:54:48 pm »
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Does she have anything to do with the Buddhist personification of ignorance, impermanence and suffering, or the Scandinavian spirit of nightmares, or is the similarity, pertaining to name, just a strange coincidence?
She is closest to the Latvian goddess of the same name, whom I've seen academically linked to the Slavic Marzanna and the Hindu Māri/ Mariamman. I certainly have theorized that there's a metaphorical link between the goddess of the physical world and the demon that attempts to keep the Buddha from recognizing the impermanence of the physical world, but linguistically, I don't think there's anything to back that up.
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« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2016, 05:06:39 pm »
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She is closest to the Latvian goddess of the same name, whom I've seen academically linked to the Slavic Marzanna and the Hindu Māri/ Mariamman. I certainly have theorized that there's a metaphorical link between the goddess of the physical world and the demon that attempts to keep the Buddha from recognizing the impermanence of the physical world, but linguistically, I don't think there's anything to back that up.


Thank you very much! It was very clarifying!

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Re: the Merciful Earth
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2016, 12:46:53 pm »
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It occurs to me that there might be people here who are interested in this! Last month I finally self-published my chapbook of poetry and fiction about my goddess Mara. It's up here on Amazon.

 
Nice!  'Bout halfway through.  I particularly liked "Queen of Transitions" and "Lady of the Park."
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« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2016, 02:12:27 pm »
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Nice!  'Bout halfway through.  I particularly liked "Queen of Transitions" and "Lady of the Park."
Thank you!
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Re: the Merciful Earth
« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2016, 04:33:33 pm »
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It occurs to me that there might be people here who are interested in this! Last month I finally self-published my chapbook of poetry and fiction about my goddess Mara. It's up here on Amazon.

 
I picked it up; it's on my Kindle. I'll try to read it soon but work has been eating my face the past couple of weeks and will be for another week or so. :)
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Re: the Merciful Earth
« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2016, 08:27:19 pm »
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I picked it up; it's on my Kindle. I'll try to read it soon but work has been eating my face the past couple of weeks and will be for another week or so. :)
I'd love to hear when you get the chance but I know you've been super busy!
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Re: the Merciful Earth
« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2016, 06:25:14 am »
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It occurs to me that there might be people here who are interested in this! Last month I finally self-published my chapbook of poetry and fiction about my goddess Mara. It's up here on Amazon.

 
Congrats, Jack! As another self-publisher of pagan stuff, I say: well done!

I'll buy this and read it ASAP.
The first song sets the wheel in motion / The second is a song of love / The third song tells of Her devotion / The fourth cries joy from the sky above
The fifth song binds our fate to silence / and bids us live each moment well / The sixth unleashes rage and violence / The seventh song has truth to tell
The last song echoes through the ages / to ask its question all night long / And close the circle on these pages / These, the metamythos songs

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Re: the Merciful Earth
« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2016, 06:27:05 am »
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work has been eating my face the past couple of weeks and will be for another week or so.


You took the words right out of my mouth. (Now if only I could pry my face out of my employer's mouth...)
The first song sets the wheel in motion / The second is a song of love / The third song tells of Her devotion / The fourth cries joy from the sky above
The fifth song binds our fate to silence / and bids us live each moment well / The sixth unleashes rage and violence / The seventh song has truth to tell
The last song echoes through the ages / to ask its question all night long / And close the circle on these pages / These, the metamythos songs

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« Reply #10 on: March 22, 2016, 10:08:49 pm »
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I'd love to hear when you get the chance but I know you've been super busy!

 
I finished it last night and I really loved it. (I decided during some downtime to at least start it, and ended up finishing it in a few short reading sessions. It's very engaging.) I gave you a 5-star review on both Amazon and Goodreads (it wasn't on GR but I added it).

I felt that it gave me a better understanding of Mara than going out and finding *official lore* or academic studies or what-have-you would have. Reading your poems, prayers, and personal mythology gave me a much deeper insight into her personality and job functions. I also really liked that you subtly continued the personal mythology into the present day and the future. It made it feel like...like she was less removed from modern concerns? Like her worship was something easily graspable by modern or future humans? If that wording makes sense.

That and I really just love seeing future depictions of polytheism.

My favourite part of the book was the bluebirds poem, though. It pulled really hard on my heartstrings.
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You took the words right out of my mouth. (Now if only I could pry my face out of my employer's mouth...)

 
I wish you luck. I was finally able to free my face for some breathing room this week, but I'm sure very soon I'll be back to having no face, lost to the cavernous maw of InDesign and my desire for rent money.
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« Reply #12 on: March 23, 2016, 02:19:16 am »
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I finished it last night and I really loved it. (I decided during some downtime to at least start it, and ended up finishing it in a few short reading sessions. It's very engaging.) I gave you a 5-star review on both Amazon and Goodreads (it wasn't on GR but I added it).

I felt that it gave me a better understanding of Mara than going out and finding *official lore* or academic studies or what-have-you would have. Reading your poems, prayers, and personal mythology gave me a much deeper insight into her personality and job functions. I also really liked that you subtly continued the personal mythology into the present day and the future. It made it feel like...like she was less removed from modern concerns? Like her worship was something easily graspable by modern or future humans? If that wording makes sense.

That and I really just love seeing future depictions of polytheism.

My favourite part of the book was the bluebirds poem, though. It pulled really hard on my heartstrings.

 
Thank you so much! I really appreciate your review. <3

For those who might not want to purchase the book from Amazon, you can buy a bundle including PDF and EPUB here.
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