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Strange commitments--

Well, the Unitarian Pagan group at my church is running an elaborate Halloween ritual, on, of all days, Halloween. The ritual is Egyptian in style and intended to be a journey into the underworld, an Orphic journey, as it were.

They're very excited about it, and I wish them well--well enough to offer to help. I'll be the storyteller, and relay the story of Isis and Osiris.

This should be fun. I really can't screw it up to anything resembling a point where Pagans are upset with the quality, as, forgive me, pagans are insanely forgiving when it comes to people who try hard.

I have to nail the story elements down in my head to the point where I don't need a cheat sheet. I should probably get one, just jot down the major plot points in case I forget where I was.

I haven't done any real story-telling for years, not since we used to play Werewolf LARP. That was always a blast, I loved playing Galliards--but it's been a while! I'm a little upset that there won't be any recording devices around, tho, I never get to see myself performing on those rare occasions when I do.

I'm nervous about the story, though. It's long and complex and has lots of good bits.

If any Austinites want to attend, info's easily available. I hope it will be a good event--the leader's skill at ritualifying is getting better and better.


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Oct. 25th, 2006 03:45 am (UTC)
Make some hieroglyphics on a sheet that are your notes. Keeps with the theme, without seeming out of place.
Oct. 25th, 2006 03:54 am (UTC)
Do you happen to have a copy of the story you'll be reading? I'd like to check it out :)
Oct. 25th, 2006 04:46 am (UTC)
here's the version I'll be working from...
Oct. 25th, 2006 05:19 am (UTC)
Just FYI, "Maat" is pronounced with a glottal stop in the middle "Ma'at" is generally how its typed up in translations. I've got a few books on this stuff that have 'best guesses' at the pronounciation of these words, if you're interested.

This is an interesting translation of this story. I've read others with slight differences. Most seem to have different interpretations as to how Horus was concieved and when he was conceived (before/during/after Osiris's death, that sort of thing). It's a good story though :)

And how does a wooden box filled with molten lead manage to float down the Nile? ;) ;)
Oct. 25th, 2006 02:08 pm (UTC)
Worth knowing. I was going to use my "White Wolf" pronuniciation guides :)

I've read about five versions now, it really seems like how Bowlderized/victorianized the story was that changes the elements you mentioned...
Oct. 25th, 2006 04:34 am (UTC)
I'll come and interrupt you with all kinds of questions so you'll lose your place. =)
Oct. 25th, 2006 04:46 am (UTC)
Feh, I've taught second-graders. You're no-where near as distracting ;)
Oct. 25th, 2006 04:48 am (UTC)
XP. Is that a challenge? I know what distracts you, you know. I was at the gay carnaval! I'll wear some super skimpy clothing. XP
Oct. 25th, 2006 02:06 pm (UTC)
Hee hee--honey, you aren't a gym-bunnie :)
Oct. 25th, 2006 05:49 pm (UTC)
Maybe not, but it would still probably throw you off =)
Oct. 25th, 2006 04:47 pm (UTC)
Info doesn't seem to be quite so easily available. It's not loading for me.
Oct. 25th, 2006 06:48 pm (UTC)
Weird, I had no trouble on my work system, and it's got all kinds of firewalls.
Oct. 25th, 2006 07:19 pm (UTC)
Hm. Well I moved from the UT network onto my home network and it's working now. Strange, usually stuff works better on campus, heh.
Oct. 26th, 2006 08:27 pm (UTC)
Sounds like fun! Wish I could attend. =/
Egyptian mythology isn't something I know a great deal about.
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