Grove of the Other Gods?
may have noticed that we changed our name since our last publication. The
Grove formerly known as Green Man Grove is now Grove of the Other Gods,
ADF. Same friendly neighborhood Druids, new name. But of all the names shown
on page 14 of this newsletter, why did we pick the one we did?
Grove member Justin Levinson suggested this name after he saw a piece of
an altar in the Met thats dedicated to just the Other Gods.
To be honest, when we held the ADF members vote for a new name, this
wasnt the one I voted for. But since the vote and the dedication of
our new name Ive come to have a lot of respect and love for it and
Other Gods? In my opinion theyre all around us. In history, theyre
the Deities that no one worships now, possibly because their traditional
worship is not well documented, or because humans just dont see a
use for them anymore. Or theyre the Gods overthrown when a new people
took over their land, turning them into Outsiders or worse. The Other Gods
from history are just not fashionable anymore. With our name change it has
become officially (as it was unofficially before) our duty and our pleasure
to acknowledge many of Them.
In modern times the Other Gods are just that: other peoples Gods.
In our area of New Jersey were surrounded by dazzling ethnic diversity.
Down the road in one direction folks are worshipping at a Durga temple,
in another direction is a Tibetan shrine and another direction leads you
to several local Wiccan Covens. Within a few miles are synagogues, mosques,
Hindu temples, Jain temples, Sikh temples, Santeria botanicas, Christian
churches and cathedrals, various Norse hearths, and who knows what else....We
have a population explosion of Gods. What a shame it would be to narrow
our focus and not appreciate and assimilate the contemporary worship of
these traditions into our thoughts and our practices.
Otherness in a more personal way, to me means seeing the world
with your own eyes, picking your own virtues, walking your own path, and
putting together your own way of honoring your Gods; with scholarship, with
experience, with hard work and with love.
So after the fact, Im changing my vote. Our Grove has always stood
proudly for Otherness in our members and our Gods. Now were
showing it in our name.
Hoffman, Senior Druid, Grove of the Other Gods, ADF
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