CGPIT Annual Report

April 15, 2021

The Center for Global Polytheist and Indigenous Traditions was included in the round of annual reports for the various initiatives at Indic Academy, though we only got started in March.

This thread on Twitter has links to all the annual reports. It’s a great way to see the rich diversity of activities Indic Academy is supporting:

I’m very excited to announce the first round of research fellowships from the new Center for Global Polytheist and Indigenous Traditions, in Chinese Polytheism (Shenjiao/Daoism), African Traditional Religions, and Reviving Polytheisms. Please check them out and share widely.

I am pleased and honored to announce that I have accepted the position of Director of the new Center for Global Polytheist and Indigenous Traditions at Indic Academy, one of six “Thought Centers” at the Academy. Here, from the announcement, is my description of the Center’s mission:

The Center for Global Polytheist and Indigenous Traditions seeks to promote a renaissance in the traditions which honor the divinity in all beings and the inexhaustible multiplicity of the divine. We seek to help practitioners of these traditions in tending their legacies and fostering creativity within them, as well as in interpreting them for outsiders in the spirit of building bridges between civilizations. We will not shrink from critiquing the distortions these traditions have suffered from previous generations of Western scholars and the injustices they have suffered from religious conversion, colonialism and white supremacy. We seek to promote interdisciplinary and innovative research methods and paradigms, including affirming the inherent value of direct experience of the Gods, spirits and divine forces both in antiquity and today. We are committed to the widest possible dissemination of the results of research and the broadest possible participation in our projects, both from within conventional academic structures and beyond them. We do not find the distinction between the cutting edge of new thought and the recollection of ancient wisdom, or between science and religion to be salient, inasmuch as they share in the goals of human flourishing and the discovery of truth. We ground ourselves on primordial revelations but are also committed to the proposition that theophany is ongoing and a human right, that the boundaries between traditions are real, but also always permeable, and believe that if we only remove the obstacles to hearing them, the voices of the living immortals are here to guide us and cooperate with us in building a world of mutual respect, dialogue and reciprocal aid.

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My Theological Encyclopedia of the Goddesses and Gods of the Ancient Egyptians, available here since 2009, and which will remain so, is now available in paperback and Kindle ebook form as well.

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I was honored and pleased to be asked once again to join the folks at The Magician and the Fool (you can listen to my previous session with them from 2018 here), this time for a wide-ranging discussion centered on Plato’s Parmenides and “the One which is not”, and joined by Gregory Shaw, author of one of the transformative works in the modern study of Neoplatonism, Theurgy and the Soul: The Neoplatonism of Iamblichus, now in its second edition. Check out our discussion here, and be sure to like and share widely:

The new devotional volume from Bibliotheca Alexandrina dedicated to Hades includes my essay “Hades the Sophist”. My thanks to editor Terence P. Ward and to Rebecca Buchanan for her tireless efforts in seeing these volumes through to publication. The devotional is available now on multiple ebook platforms, and a paperback edition will be available soon. If you like, you may purchase the Kindle edition through this affiliate link, and I will earn a commission at no cost to you: https://amzn.to/3mqwwdS.

I was very pleased to be interviewed recently by Mukhunda Raghavan of Meru Media. We had a great time, and I hope that you enjoy it as well.

I was honored to present this paper at the International Online Conference on Indigenous Environmentalism for Scholars and Saviours presented by Indic Academy on May 16th and 17th. My thanks to all of my fellow presenters, but especially to Śri Hari Kiran Vadlamani for his gracious invitation.

Video of both days of the conference is available from Indic Academy’s YouTube page:

Day 1 (5/16)

Day 2 (5/17)

Indic Today also printed the paper here.

My article “Egypt’s Returning Goddesses: A Theological Inquiry” from Walking the Worlds Vol. 5, No. 2 (Summer 2019) is now available here on the Theology page. Here is the abstract:

This essay offers a transhistorical, theological overview of the myth and cult of the so-called “Wandering Goddesses,” probably the most important structure in ancient Egyptian religious life with the exception of the Osirian cycle. The heterogeneous character of this mytho-cultic structure, however, makes it difficult to obtain a synoptic view of it without distortion. Rather than proposing a canonical or ideal form of the myth, therefore, this essay approaches it as a network of themes which local cults could draw upon in order to articulate themselves in a nationwide religious context without surrendering their distinct identities. The essential theme of the Wandering Goddess theology is seen to be the Goddess’ engagement with nonbeing and alterity as the source of renewal for the cosmos and for the individual worshiper. Moreover, the individual worshiper’s ecstatic experience in the decentered and occasionally even antinomian cultus of the Wandering Goddess serves to ‘return’ the Goddess to immanence, ensuring the efficacy of her cosmogonic work.

“Egypt’s Returning Goddesses,” Walking the Worlds Vol. 5, No. 2 (Summer 2019), pp. 49-65.

 

 

Aparna Sridhar interviewed me for Soft Power. The questions were stimulating and I really enjoyed it; I hope that you do too.

https://www.softpowermag.com/there-is-a-thirst-for-what-india-alone-can-offer-the-overwhelming-living-presence-of-her-gods-edward-butler-2/