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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

High Priest of London Coven, on The Wicker Man

I don't know any pagan who doesn't like the original 1973 Wicker Man, which is strange really, because it gives paganism a very bad press. The film says that if we can't get what we want, we'll just sacrifice someone - which of course isn't true these days.

I suppose the appeal of the movie is that the pagans actually win, for once. It's an incredible piece of cinema that has stood the test of time. It's accurate, too. The May Day parade in England has been a big thing for hundreds of years, and people would have dressed up in those sorts of wacky animal costumes, partly to hide their identities from the local clergy - Pagan revelry would have been considered a mortal sin. The more money you had at your disposal and the greater your imagination, and the more elaborate your costume would be. Full Story

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