Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Internal Deity Conflicts

People talk a lot about mismatching deities from different pantheons in the same ritual or path. But they don't talk so much about deity conflicts from within the same pantheon - enmities, rivalries, or personalities that just don't get along. There are some obvious ones, like Apollo and Dionysus, Thor and Loki, Oshun and...I forget the name of the goddess she hates. But you know what I mean. Have you ever discovered that two of your deities didn't like each other? Any humorous bad-mouthing by one deity of another? Any unintended blunders?

It's not a very entertaining story, but around the beginning of my relationship with Angus Mac Og, I asked him if he thought it was a good idea for me to do some work with Fionn MacCumhaill. He seemed to go stiff for a moment and responded with, "I'd rather you didn't." Much later I discovered a legend, The Pigs of Angus (haha, sounds romantic, doesn't it?), in which Angus and Fionn developed a long-lasting animosity towards each other, and I understood his reaction. It was a pretty neat moment of UPG verification.

So how about you guys?

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