Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Homer Simpson at Cerne Abbas

The BBC reports:
Pagans have pledged to perform "rain magic" to wash away a cartoon character painted next to their famous fertility symbol - the Cerne Abbas giant. 
A doughnut-brandishing Homer Simpson now adorns the hillside above Cerne Abbas, Dorset, next to the giant.
Well, their rain magic seems to be working well. But I am with Ann Bryn-Evans, "joint Wessex district manager for The Pagan Federation" (though I am sorry to hear that pagans now have managers):
"I'm amazed they got permission to do something so ridiculous."
Anyway, the BBC website has the picture you all want to see. Read on for more on the Cerne Abbas giant.


Nich Starling said...

"I'm amazed they got s permission to do something so ridiculous"

Um. Like its not ridiculous to pretend to be a pagan, make up false chants that pagans wouldn't have actually used and all this whilst getting excited about a chalk man with an erection.

I find religion odd, but I find paga's with all their made up mumbo jumbo to be utterly ridiculous.

Anonymous said...

As a pgan myself, I don't find the Simpson stunt offensive at all. It's just a bit of fun, after all - the paint is biodegradeable, and will do no harm to the local environment, so where's the problem? The ont thing all the pagans I've met in the past have shared is a sense of humour -which includes the ability to laugh at themselves. I can't even understand the complaints on the grounds that this took place on a site of scientific interest, since the painting has quite clearly taken place in the field next to the giant, so there's no threat ot tampering there, either.

What I do begin to find slightly distasteful is the comments being made by people such as Norfolk Blogger, who seem to think it's ok to denigrate another person's religion simply because it doesn't adhere to his view of the world. It could be arrgued that many religions use trappings and rituals today which weren't in place at their origins - Chrstianity included. Faith is an evolving thing, which changes with the culture that supports and grows with it. Whilst it is obviously a subjective and personal matter, and people are free to disagree with another's religious views, I do not think it is pertinent or polite to simply dismiss their beliefs as ridiculous.


Raggy Rat said...

i sat on the cern giants willy in 2002 - i was one of mnay people swarming all over him to do some re-chalking ...

after i sat on the huge willy, everyone told me i would get pregnant, but i assured them that you need to have sex to do that ...

imagine my surprise when in 2006 i gave birth to twin girls ... twins, ha, and only 5'1 me. still, i had remarried in 2005...

mervin said...

Now i know why it is raining so someone remove that ugly insult to any intelligent human being ASAP