Killing the Sixties: Abuse, Consent, #MeToo and the Pagan Community


Today, the revelation of accusations of child molestationagainst the late Ar nDraiocht Fein founder Isaac Bonewits hit the Pagan community.

This comes in the wake of the conviction of Kenny Klein, a prominent figure in Blue Star Wicca, ongoing concern about Pagan sexual culture provoked by the likes of the Frosts, and community discussion about violation of boundaries and consent at Pagan conferences and gatherings.

It is also, of course, currently in the context of the #MeToo movement, which has brought countless women forward with their own stories and acknowledgement that they, too, have been harrassed and/or assaulted…and concerns on the part of some about how, exactly, due process can be observed in relation to accusations against alleged abusers, when the allegation alone is enough to convict them in the eyes of much of the public.

It’s a thorny problem. I don’t pretend to have an answer…

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Silent Hill: Stay away from Twin Perfect!

Twin Perfect is a group that was popularly known for producing “The Real Silent Hill Experience” on YouTube. The documentary was noted for being spear headed by Fungo, someone who has been well known in the SH community since 2005, and Rosseter who no one really knew about other than his associations with Fungo.

While there is plenty of content on the web debunking the documentary itself and its claims about Silent Hill, I am not going to talk about that. (It’s too long!) Rather, I want to show other reasons to steer clear of TP and to exonerate Fungo, whose claims during the split seem well founded. I am also writing this as a warning to newcomers to the franchise who may be smitten with TRSHE fantastic looking videos, that they may have not accurately researched the series themselves. Continue reading

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Silent Hill News: September 2017 Edition

This is mostly from the Silent Hill Community. In case you missed it, the biggest piece of news that has been happening, is the unused monsters found by roocker666 on the forums in Silent Hill 1. There are videos in the link showing them, I won’t waste time by posting them here.  We made it on Kotaku for this. Yay, us!

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Silent Hill 3: Feminist Perspective!

Note: This is a cross post from my Tumblr. (And on SH wiki) Spoilers are abound for Silent Hill 1 and 3! It’s also dated, being about 4 years old.

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Pyramid Head: Exclusivity?


James (right) shoots at the Pyramid Head monster in Silent Hill 2

There’s been a huge debate in the community over the exclusivity to James. When he appeared in Homecoming, this was controversial because it was assumed to be a subjective experience for James. But going over the lore, it may be completely plausible for the PH to exist in other forms, just like the Valtiel is said to in the Book of Lost Memories. Let’s take a look….

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The Silent Hill God is not “Samael”! *spoilers*

This stupid rumor has been going on for over a decade. I have no idea where it originated but like many Silent Hill rumors that become oft repeated myths, it is not a fact and has been disproved. Still to this day people keep repeating it. Most people don’t even know who Samael is in real world mythology that SH draws from, however, an “incubus” is not one of them in any format.

The rumor is up there with “Valtiel is the yellow god because it’s yellow and Pyramid Head is red so therefore it’s the red god.”! It’s sloppy and lazy. It ignores primary sourced material and things the creator’s actually said. Now the myth is so big in the fandom and abroad, that even things such as wikias cite it as “fact” without consulting supplementary material or even in game material. Just because something is often mistaken or oft repeated by people does not make it objectively true. (Ad populum fallacy)

It does not help that the more something is said, the more true it appears. Science has confirmed this as an actual phenomena and SH fans fall into this trap time and time again without actually reading the vast amount of Silent Hill supplementary material or in game memos to confirm it’s accuracy!

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Brahman is not the Abrahamic concept of “God”!

While this has been discussed before, I am not the only one who has pointed this out. Many use ‘brahman’ to show Hinduism as “monotheistic”. (A part of me thinks this is done to ease Westerner’s fears of Hinduism.) Hinduism is not monotheistic, inherently! There is definitely monotheistic sects, but they’re nothing like this!

The story of brahman and what it is, needs to be affirmed here as much misinformation is present in Western regions about Hinduism. Most paint it as something similar to the Abrahamic concept of God. I believe this to be inaccurate and only sold to be easily digestible to Westerners. In my opinion, especially in brahamn’s nirguna aspect, it is far more likened to primordial chaos; a concept that is not far from Indo-European religions. (I.e. Greek and Nordic, and in such myths as chaoskempf.)

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