New blog is up!

On this January 4, 2017, the day of the Vialia and also the first Wednesday of the year, I inaugurated my new blog, which you can find here. As mentioned in my previous post, O Moledro or “The Cairn” is entirely in Portuguese, aimed first and foremost to the idiosyncrasies of Portugal’s society and History, so as to better distance myself from the sometimes mind-boggling specifics from elsewhere. Hence why it also has a large section with scholarly-based articles on individual Iberian deities, coupled with ideas for modern cults. And as suggested by its title, the new blog has a very stressed mercurial emphasis, so much so that while it focuses on polytheism, specifically Roman, and also on religion at large, I will occasionally publish posts on other aspects of Mercury’s world – like astronomy, travelling, trekking, History, humour, languages and hey, maybe even sports. But just occasionally. In time, it may also work as a platform to start putting out the basics of a modern western-Iberian cult of Mercury, integrated in the wider category of Roman polytheism, but more on that in due course.

A Portuguese podengo (source)

A Portuguese podengo (source)

In the meantime, for the next few months, I’ll be restructuring this blog to turn it into an almost mirror image of my new one – which is now my main website. I don’t expect most of my readers here to know Portuguese and honestly, once you reach 200 followers, you want to make something out of that number, so I’ll be translating content, adding new pages to the top menu, deleting others and reviewing already published texts. Some of that has already been done: for those of you who missed it, there’s a new header image, the blog’s tagline has changed, the calendar joined the dropdown menu on Roman polytheism, the overall aesthetic matches that of the new site and the section on Iberian gods has vanished – because I’ll be replacing it with an English translation of the much more extensive texts I wrote in Portuguese. I expect to have it all done by the end of March, so that on April 4th I can add an offering to Mercury to the First Rites, thus redefining this blog; and as with the new one, it will become a platform for a Roman and western-Iberian cult of the swift son of Maia somewhere down the road. So if I spend a few more months in silence, it’s not because I gave up on this blog. Quite the opposite!

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