Showing posts with label religious dialogue. Show all posts
Showing posts with label religious dialogue. Show all posts

Sunday, September 10, 2023

It's Iimi! The Battle of All Mothers

 As Iimi copes with attending a different high school, her sister, Paula, and their friends race to find evidence to exonerate her. Meanwhile, the parents' group realizes that talking among themselves is insufficient, and now is the time to act. It will be… The Battle of All Mothers

(I decided to release this comic a day early. While the title and image have nothing to do with the events of 9/11/2001, I did worry that the scene of destruction on the cover and title might lead people to think it was insensitive to release it on the day of the memorial.)

Post-Comic Notes:

Some Artwork in this comic was AI-generated through NightCafe. I'm not planning to make a habit of this. But the semi-distorted (you should have seen the ones I deleted) appearance fits in with Iimi being in a new school that is alien to her.

 The title is derived from the first Kuwait war in 1991. Saddam Hussein promised the "mother of all battles" (ام المعاركumm al-ma'ārik) if the Allies attempted to invade.

 An embarrassing note: I discovered one outfit for characters in ComiPo had an inappropriate logo for a Christian-themed comic. I probably never noticed it before because I never used it on a significant supporting character. I blurred it out in this comic and changed the outfit for future appearances of the character.

 So, my apologies to anyone who may have noticed it previously. It was unintentional.

Monday, July 31, 2023

It’s Iimi! Throwing A Lugh-Wrench into the Works

 While hanging out in the Riverside District, Lilavati and Iimi came across some Neo-pagans from Babylon in the process of handing out flyers for one of their festivals and hoping to form alliances among the non-Christians of the town. Will they succeed? Or will Iimi wind up … Throwing a Lugh-Wrench into the Works

 Pre-Comic Notes:

Apparently, some neo-pagans do see animist and polytheist religions as “like them.” These religions do not reciprocate that view. Lilavati’s hostile attitudes towards neo-paganism and coolness towards Christianity have been expressed by real Hindus.


Post-Comic Notes:

Credits: The old book cover overlay on the title page by Figu-Design.

The name “Lugh” in the title pun is a Celtic deity combined with “Lug wrench” (used to change a tire). Okay, it’s a stupid pun meant to show Iimi has thrown a wrench into the neo-pagan worldview.

 While “Lughnasadh” is an official Irish holiday, it’s also been repurposed as one of the neo-pagan festivals that practitioners celebrate in their attempts to reenact historic druidic beliefs.

 In fact, very little is known about historic paganism’s actual beliefs and practices (Celtic, Norse Hellenic, etc.). For example, the historical druids passed down their rites and knowledge orally. So, when the Celts abandoned Druidism for Christianity, the converts who held that knowledge stopped passing it on, and converts who might have otherwise sought to become bards, ollaves, and druids stopped seeking to learn it.

 The movement to recreate these religions began with the Enlightenment and the 19th-century Romantic movement. Much of it was born in the 1960s, though followers claim they are "ancient." Claims to be passing on "ancient wisdom" are risible as it is based on imagination reinterpreting old legends, folk practices, and the Catholic monks who wrote histories and copied the ancient written works… while labeling anything in those works that contradict them as "corruption."

 Some argue Insular Christianity did turn pagan myths and festivals into legends about the saints. But this is disputed, and the Catholic Church did seek to remove the actual cases of syncretism. Yes, there are legends associated with the saints. But the saints are not celebrated on account of these myths, but for the holy lives, they led.

 The agathodaimon (sometimes spelled agathodæmon) invoked by Coach Ally comes from the Greek ἀγαθοδαίμων: the word means “noble spirit”) that was believed to bring about material success. Coach Ally invoking it is a misattribution (a common phenomenon among practitioners of these reinvented religions). It sounds more “mysterious” than “daimon.”

 The daimon (δαίμων), in general, was seen as a “companion spirit” or supernatural instinct that guided the individual to good or to evil. In the reinvention of “Hellenism,” this became distorted into a sort of “spirit guide.” (There’s a lot of appropriation of the Native American “spirit animals.")

 Of course, Christians should NOT dabble in any of this, even for “fun.” As Iimi pointed out, people seeking to be guided by “daimons” may wind up under the influence of actual demons. 

Monday, November 28, 2022

It’s Iimi! Transitions (The Long Goodbye Part II)

The day has finally come. The day before Thanksgiving and Escrow has closed on the Dhumzur house. Kismetta is moving to the Iscra house while Sumeja and the twins go to a hotel before they travel to the United Arab Emirates. Thea senses some unease and sorrow from Sumeja. Can she help them with the… Transitions