I just got back from a weekend workshop of Southern Italian/Sicilian drumming and posted a review of it here: http://stregonemago.blogspot.com/2011/12/southern-italian-and-sicil... but I'll repose the entire text here so we can have some discussion. (pictures are at the original link, I couldn't get them to post here.)
Nice work, Vinnie, very interesting.
I have been solitary for most of my 20+ years as a Witch, but the few periods when I have met with others, it has seemed to me that chant and dance -- and the trance states they allow us to enter -- are practically non-existent in contemporary ritual practice I have long believed them to be of incredible importance. You are so blessed to have attended this workshop. Thanks for the link to her site.
Hope you're having a great time over there, give us some of the inside scoop!
By the way, is there a deity attached to Mt Palermo, god goddess, that kind of thing?
Do you mean Mt Etna? There are several different local myths about the Deity/Deities associated with Mt. Etna. The "local" one is a god named either Adrano or Adranus. Names and spellings here vary based on region and sometimes cities. There is also a town called Adrano (Adranon) named for the God. It's located at the foot of Mt. Etna.
Wikipedia has some useful information on the town here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adrano
The Romans changed the name of the township into Hadranum; during the occupation by the Arabs it was called Adarnu or sometimes Adarna, while the Normans referred to it as Adernio and Adriano. Until 1929 its official name was Adernò, until eventually it was changed into Adrano. Several elder inhabitants of the town still call it Adernò.
Wikipedia has this to say: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adranus
Adranus or Adranos (Greek: 'Αδρανός) was a fire god worshipped by the Sicels, an ancient population of the island of Sicily. His worship occurred all over the island, but particularly in the town of Adranus, modern Adrano, near Mount Etna. Adranus himself was said to have lived under Mount Etna before being driven out by the Greek god Hephaestus, or Vulcan. According to Aelian, about a thousand sacred dogs were kept near his temple in this town. According to Hesychius[disambiguation needed], Adranus was said to have been the father of the Palici, born to Adranus's lover, the nymph Thalia.
Some modern commentators have suggested that Adranus may have been related to the similarly named gods Adar and Adramelech (from Persia and Phoenicia respectively), who were also personifications of the sun or of fire in general.
Mind you, this isn't the myth that I've heard from the locals but it's similar. Some of the locals refer to Mt. Etna as "Beautiful Majesty Crowned with Clouds" and the Fire within (lava, etc.) as Adrano, her consort.
Yes Vinnie, thanks! It's Mount Etna, and I couldn't remember while i was online whether it was Vesuvius, or Etna, or which is which, so i used Palermo instead, ha ha! Vesuvius is about 4000 feet elevation, the same as Kilauea Iki.
But ya, that's great, the first time I ever heard such a thing. Some of my ancestral line came from Scicily, and of course, we have the same geological features and mythological legends in this part of the Pacific, which is unique to any other pacific island.
So I had a theory a long time ago when I came here about how I ended up on a remote island dominated by a volcano, so far from my homeland. And part of the theory revolved around my ancestral roots in Scicily, a dynamic volcanic island, very similar in some characteristics to Hawaii Island.
What occurs to me is how these myths and legends have so much similarity in parts of the world where people have been completely disconnected, and how all this could have happened.
Here we have the legend of Poliahu, the Snow Goddess, as the mountains out here are covered with snow during the winter months. Also the Goddess Pele, the Fire Goddess. Dogs were also considered in some cases to be sacred creatures in Polynesian myth.
This will help me expand my horizons a bit with the myth cycle of Diana, as I take these "myths" very seriously.
I know we may be in different cities but I believer in networking with our community, locally and all over the world.
I am spending the day telling our community about PaganFaire2014. It’s going to be a great event. Starting at 10:00 am until 5:00 pm, there will be Hawaiian food from Ohana’s; a all day talent stage (belly dancers, Celtic music, etc.); Pagan/Wiccan artisans, and a wonderful Spring Equinox Ritual at the end of the day, 7:00 pm.
“Diana’s Silver Daughter: Aradia in the 21st. Century!”
If you are in the Portland Oregon area (or you know someone who will be) come to PaganFaire2014 and connect, or reconnect, with your community. This is a wonderful way to show support and practice our spirituality.
The more we go to these fairs and buy from our folks, the more we can avoid being or supporting the corporate world!
If you would like to vend at the fair: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please help spread the word about PaganFaire2014! No matter where you live, post this and share it with everyone.
Blessed be, Jamie Okulam
PS When you visit the fair, come up and introduce yourself to me so I can say Hi!