I got started on this path about feet because a fellow sister-in-arms who reads this blog is a barefooter. I’ll share her story and exploits in a future blog. I also heard a Micheal Sandler, who is a barefoot advocate and runner, do an interview on the radio and my interest was piqued. He wasn’t Pagan, and he seemed fairly main stream. However, when I requested an interview, I received no response (shame on you, Micheal Sandler!).
|Micheal Sandler’s site: runbare.com|
While there are many sites and researchers who do not promote running or simply going barefoot because “it’s dangerous”, a fair amount of research has been done that proves that going barefoot and running barefoot is healthier for humans over all. According to the researchers at Harvard’s Skeletal Biology Lab, running barefoot tends to make people land on their fore foot to mid foot, which is more natural and healthier for the foot than landing on the the heel.
Just like with any movement, there are lots of groups springing up to meet the demand for education, publicity, and fellowship. One of the many out there is the Society for Barefoot Living. Their site has a lot of good information, but the site hasn’t been updated since 2010. Some of the information about laws may be outdated. There are also tons of Yahoo groups for barefooters out there, but I’ve found that they were either non-active or didn’t want me in their group. I was really curious about the group Spiritualbarefootlifestyles, but they seem to be dead. I joined several months ago, and there has been no activity. It’s a shame because they taut themselves as for “Pagans, Wiccans, Spiritualist, ‘Mystics’, and the like who enjoy being barefoot as a lifestyle or as a part of worship.”
As I’ve been doing research and soliciting interviews for upcoming blogs, a fond memory of my Krampusnacht popped into my head. Hopefully your Krampusnacht was all you wanted it to be, and if not, well there’s nothing stopping you from having Krampusnacht tonight!
If you’d like to contribute blog ideas or be interviewed for a blog (I’m currently interviewing Earthwalkers, barefooters, Hare Krishnas, Mormons, Muslims, foot washers, Pagans, and Sungazers), please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
apparently decorated with Mendhi, beautiful designs. I thought that it
was an insult to display the sole of one’s foot. Is that only true for
the Islamic population? Is there an exception for Goddesses or other
deities? Am I misreading the image, perhaps?”“Every part of the Great Goddess Durga is Sacred! Haha It may be a little
|He looks asleep or dead to me. I guess that’s why he doesn’t mind!|
Some people may question why I would investigate Hinduism and other religions for a blog that is unabashedly Pagan. The reason is because Paganism is eclectic. Even Wicca, that little subset, is eclectic. Many Pagans have taken ideas and deities that they like from different religions and made them their own. Gardner took many, many idea from the Hindu religion and made them Wiccan. This was brought home to me one time at a handfasting that I attended. The handfasting was at a public park, and an Indian couple stopped by to watch the rite from afar. Once I spied them, I motioned for them to come closer and join in the fun. After the ceremony, all they could talk about was how similar the handfasting ritual was to their own Hindu marriage ceremony that they had had in India. The ritual planners hadn’t set out to borrow Hindu customs, but because they had gone with a status-quo Wiccan ceremony they had done so anyway due to Gardner’s original borrowing.
In some British Traditional and Gardnerian covens, especially ones that adhere to The Ardanes, coven members are expected to show respect to the High Priestess by bowing, sometimes to the point of their head connecting with feet. As in Hinduism, it’s a sign of respect. I also know of many groups that will bow to the elements and deities when they are welcomed in or invoked in circle. Some groups also have their members bow low to a person who is representing or aspecting a deity, especially if a blessing is being bestowed.