There was a story recently in the Guardian about Pagans demanding bones for reburial. It’s been covered by Afarensis, Dienekes, and PhDiva. There’s greater discussion of the issues at Aardvarchaeology and Cronaca. I’ve been waiting for the response from Pagan blogs before posting. Fortunately, Letter from Hardscrabble Creek, the Wild Hunt and Obbyoss. This last blog I found via The Stroppy Rabbit who has more links on the topic. I’ve been looking for an excuse to link to that site for a while and this post on the furore is perfect.
I agree with Martin as far as “I don’t think neo-paganism is any more silly than Christianity or Islam…” but I don’t think it’s always “really, really, really silly”. Sometimes I think it’s just mistaken or over-imaginative.
The element that disturbs me and gets the full three sillies is that the Council of British Druid Orders has appropriated my heritage and is telling me what I can or cannot do with my ancestors. I haven’t given them permission to speak for my ancestors. What gives them the right to seize and destroy the material evidence of my origins? This is a self-appointed élite which seeks to dominate the indigenous peoples of Britain for their own personal benefit. Help! Help! I’m being repressed!
The Council of British Druid Orders is welcome to make fools of themselves, but I’m competitive, and I’d like to think I have at least some experience in making a fool of myself too. It’s a shame because it diverts attention from what is a reasonable grievance.