Discussing the Hindu pantheon last night in the usual place for such things, a sleazy gay dive, explaining the Hindu take on monotheism (of course there's only one god - all 370,000,000 of them are one) to a (somewhat) religious Jewish friend, and Ganesha's birth from Parvati and Shiva, and Parvati's relationship with Kali-Durga, and he intruded, "Is Pavarati the Hindu god of singing and overeating?"
I'm sure you're as appalled as I was.
"I think I'll save that one for appropriate re-use," I muttered. He responded with whatever the Hebrew greeting is for the eve of Passover. (I wouldn't know; we gave all that stuff up a couple of generations back.)
On Not Knowing (Peter reads the Neoplatonists, part II) - I’ve been reading Greek philosophers. I formed a neoplatonist book club recently with a couple of Pagan friends, and we’re reading Iamblichus’s On the My...
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