I posted to Mousaios the other day for a reason. When the head of my temple read that prayer during my ritual of ordination, it was unfamiliar to some of us, and one of my (now) fellow temple priests said that he could write one that includes more of the gods than even that stupendous litany, and perhaps do a better job organizing it as well. I will not say that more gods are necessarily better, but I do recognize that there are some among the theoi whom I honor and are not included.
Let us then seek to honor the many gods.
What I ask of you, dear reader, is to write a litany that praises your many gods. Include only those deities to whom you have ever made offerings, and try to include each and every one of them. It is my intention to do the same, but it will take time to go through my book of offerings to identify them all. If you don’t like the Orphic style, another format is used in Devotion: Prayers to the Gods of the Greeks.
This is a contest, and there will be a book involved. The winning entry — which will be selected using a method that will be determined by a form a divination that itself will be determined at a time and place yet to be determined — will earn its author either a signed copy of my first book, Depth of Praise, or a batch of my home-baked Noumenia cookies.
In addition, that entry and others that I select will become part of the book I’m planning. Credit will be given, as well as a copy of that book to anyone who gets into it; your entry in this contest presumes that you are granting a non-exclusive license for me to do so. Those litanies will be used to anchor hymns I will write praising many gods individually; I intend on writing one for each god named in the contributions.
Fervently I hope that this will be a tremendous amount of work.
Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org, include them in the comments, or send me a link to where it’s published (trackbacks count). You have until the summer solstice of 2017.
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Every God I’ve ever offered to? Holy crap that might be an impossible list! How long is this contest going to go?
Never mind, I saw it now.
In case others overlook it as well, it’s June 21, 2017. Since it is often impossible, apply arête.
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This is going to be a BIG project. I’m going to give it a shot, but to be honest, every single God I’ve EVER offered to? We’ll see how long it gets. Good thing I have till the summer solstice.