Thralldom in Theodish Belief by Joseph Bloch: I'll admit that I'm no expert on heathenry, and I know less about Theodism than other sorts, such as Asatru. However, I was utterly fascinated by this approach to a neotribal membership process that draws on the concept of a newcomer to a culture being a thrall, a "nobody", who then must earn their place in society, through working within some very specific parameters. It's a wonderfully thorough way to weed out potentially problematic applicants and to show who's really dedicated to being a part of the tribe. I admit that I couldn't help but be reminded, to an extent, of the spirit of the Master/slave relationship in BDSM–while the Theodish thralldom is in no way sexual, the general concept of a willing sacrifice of one's power for a particular goal/purpose seems to be a commonality.I'm a bit taken aback by the BDSM correlation, as I've never thought of it in those terms, but I'd say that was a pretty positive review. I can't wait for my next article to see print.
Monday, January 12, 2009
The Reviews Are In!
One of the folks over at paganbookreviews.com was kind enough to review the first issue of Thorn magazine, in which I had an article published. Specifically, about my piece, they say: