Bone lore is lasting. It exists surrounded by all kinds of uncanny mysteries. I’ve always been intrigued by the place bones occupy in history, in mythology, in magic… Some cultures believed the soul and personality of a person “clung to his [or her] bone” after he or she traveled to the Summerlands. This belief evoked different reactions:
Magical Bones—the wishbone, for instance, loosely resembles “the new moon, and carries us back to the worship of Astarte and Ostara, goddesses of fertility and reproduction.”
Filthy Bones—“in the ancient law of the Israelites a person who so much as touched a human bone was un-clean for seven days.”
Sacred Bones—“Jesuits in Paraguay and the English in Virginia accuse the Indians of worshiping the bones of their ancestors,” because the former “treasured [their bones] with scrupulous care.” Some, even with loving care: “a widow in the Andaman Islands will carry on her shoulder the skull of her deceased husband until she remarries.”
I already shared my reasons for liking bones, “I’m all about knowing what lies beneath my skin and gnawing at my own bones. The more I understand myself, the clearer I can see everyone (and everything) else.” Bones keep us from crumbling in a heap of meat. And, of course, you have to admit (or not) that skeletons have the best wicked grin EVER.
But enough about me and my love for bones, this pre-Witches in Fiction 2013… to the Bones post, is just a little reminder of what we are celebrating this year: four years of Pagan Culture, of dark fiction, of friends getting together to discuss all the wicked fun things that make life worth living.
The official fun starts tomorrow, April 1st, with the first post and giveaway. It will continue all the way until April 13th. Links to the shops of the Wicked Darlings sponsoring …to the Bone, have been added to the main party post, the same goes for our 2013 guest blogger. After April 13th, I will add the direct link to the blogs of all those who partied …to the Bone.
So... would you care to share a bit of witchy bone lore? Just to “shake dem skeleton bones!”
|“Cat Girl” looked so disenchanted after I cropped her and Ginger out of the picture, that I had to show the whole thing. Tomorrow, you’ll get the chance to enter a giveaway sponsored by the same artist…|
- The Myths of the New World A Treatise on the Symbolism and Mythology of the Red Race of America by Daniel G. Brington
- The Journal of American Folklore, Vol. 3, No. 8 (Jan. - Mar., 1890), pp. 17-22
- Conquista espiritual hecha por los religiosos de sa compañía de Jesús en las provincias del Paraguay, Paraná, Uruguay Y Tape by Antonio Ruis de Montoya