I identify with a pagan spiritual path. While I don’t make a huge deal of it, I don’t deny this. Sometimes I feel like so much of the real and traditional foods movement is so populated with devout Christians that it almost seems a prerequisite to be Christian and strongly faithful to be dedicated to the traditional foods movement. With books like The Maker’s Diet advocating a traditional-foods approach, and the plethora of Christian real food bloggers, I sometimes feel like a small, quiet minority.
And, to some extent, I definitely feel like so many people see the “pagan” label as something that teenagers and maladjusted spinsters use to make themselves feel special. While I’m guilty of believing that of people myself (just because it’s not true in general does not mean it’s never true), this is not my situation. I honestly identify with the more down-to-Earth, everyday nature of the divine that nature-revering spirituality represents to me. I don’t run around wearing a pentacle (not a symbol with which I identify), or praising the Goddess loudly, or dancing naked under the full moon (not that I wouldn’t ever). But I keep a meditation altar with symbols special to me in a back room and sit there in quiet meditation and reverence for the forces that walk unseen behind the nature of all things.
Traditional foods have a lot to do with this, to me. It saddens me that so much of the traditional foods community is Christian and that so much of the pagan community is veg*n because the two actually have a lot in common. Traditional foods are a way of honoring the processes that our ancestors developed to bring this species from the primordial ooze to the populating virtually every continent on Earth. Denying our bodies certain types of nourishment based on an external and artificial moral construct is denying part of our relationship to the Earth. Animals kill to eat all the time, and we are of the type of animal that kills to eat. While veg*nism is certainly closer to nature than the mindless adherence to the SAD and all its industrial food horrors, prostheletizing veg*nism while decrying the artificiality of Christian morals is hypocritical.
So I guess what I’m trying to say is kind of like that Dar Williams song: Christians and pagans should get together and pursue real, traditional foods together. Any other pagan real foodies here?