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Vulcanalia (2014)
Eugene, OR, United States
Photocred: Alex Emond

Simple ceremony on August 23rd for Vulcan (Hephaestus) the (Greco-) Roman God of fire and forge. We had a big bonfire at the party afterward.

"Strong, mighty Vulcan , bearing splendid light,
Unweary’d fire, with flaming torrents bright:
Strong-handed, deathless, and of art divine,
Pure element, a portion of the world is thine:
All-taming artist, all-diffusive pow’r,
'Tis thine supreme, all substance to devour:
Æther, Sun, Moon, and Stars, light pure and clear,
For these thy lucid parts to men appear.
To thee, all dwellings, cities, tribes belong,
Diffus’d thro’ mortal bodies bright and strong.
Hear, blessed power, to holy rites incline,
And all propitious on the incense shine:
Suppress the rage of fires unweary’d frame,
And still preserve our nature’s vital flame.”

Ἥφαιστ’ ὀμβριμόθυμε, μεγασθενές,  κάματον πῦρ,
λαμπόμενε φλογέαις αὐγαῖς, φαεσίμβροτε δαῖμον,
φωσφόρε, καρτερόχειρ, αἰώνιε, τεχνοδίαιτε,
ἐργαστήρ, κόσμοιο μέρος, στοιχεῖον  μεμφές,
παμφάγε, πανδαμάτωρ, πανυπέρτατε, παντοδίαιτε,
αἰθήρ, ἥλιος, ἄστρα, σελήνη, φῶς  μίαντον·
ταῦτα γὰρ Ἡφαίστοιο μέλη θνητοῖσι προφαίνει.
πάντα δὲ οἶκον ἔχεις, πᾶσαν πόλιν, ἔθνεα πάντα,
σώματά τε θνητῶν οἰκεῖς, πολύολβε, κραταιέ.
κλῦθι, μάκαρ, κλήιζω σε πρὸς εὐιέρους ἐπιλοιβάς,
αἰεὶ ὅπως χαίρουσιν ἐπ’ ἔργοις ἥμερος ἔλθοις.
παῦσον λυσσῶσαν μανίαν πυρὸς  καμάτοιο
καῦσιν ἔχων φύσεως ἐν σώμασιν ἡμετέροισιν.”

Reading List Update →

mountainmanhealing:

I updated my reading list with a few more titles that I recommend. Check them out below.

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Ozark Folkways:

Blevins, Brook “Hill Folks”

Randolph, Vance "Ozark Magic and Folklore"

Randolph, Vance "We Always Lie to Strangers: Tall Tales from the Ozarks"

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