Re: Orlanth's High Holy Day... in Pavis!

From: Jeff Richard <richaje_at_AeqD9q4UWULdVQqPRrkpzknVgjo1-0JsSHUeqlgeKqGzHEZ6tByt-8JVyvcnd5A3Nqi4>
Date: Fri, 04 Apr 2008 05:50:30 -0000

> > Yes, but...
> > - doesn't Ernalda bless their crops anyway?
> >
> Sure, but the best blessing is when it rains too. This is the cult of
> Ernalda and Orlanth, and also of Orlanth & Ernalda.
> >
> > - and, even if they reenact the Orlanth-Aroka-Heler myth, can't they
> > get together some time earlier or later to do another heroquest?
> >
> It need not be the Aroka myth for this public, annual ceremony. There
> are many rain myths from the rain god. And as a "scheduled" annual
> everyone is involved, so maybe they don't want to do something as
> dangerous as the Aroka myth.

Just to expand on Greg's points, Orlanthi Fighting Aroka is not the ordinary rain-making ritual of the Orlanthi. It is a powerful and dangerous ritual for difficult times (most likely when there is a severe drought and the other rituals have failed).


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