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On the night of the 7th of September eight protagonists were initiated to the mysteries of love; they joined the pantheon by performing a ritual act to make them beautiful. The Symposium was preceded by the 2nd Act: Mimesis and the 3rd Act: Anagnorisis. In these the protagonists moved step by step towards the actual ritualistic initiation, approaching beauty through the paradoxically inevitable dramaturgy. Paradoxical because the from provides the protagonist a way to create her/his individual path, but in the end all stand before the same gate. The Symposium was magical, the rituals astounding and the food incredible. This is not Apollo the Hyperborean trying to talk the american way, but true praise from the god who is accustomed to reserve his judgement. The culinary and visual beauty of the feast table was created by the demeterian magician, Carmen C. Wong.

Table
Table

Better view on the main course and the heroic task of delivering it here.

The rituals contained all the aspects of life: earth, water, fire, air. The mortal bodies were washed, kissed, pierced, tattooed, nourished, bathed and set on fire. Through these archetypical processes they were transformed, immortalized. Evidently, the protagonists were the light that illuminated the space. The older gods accompanied, as here, with Apollo's ritual.

Apollo renewed
Apollo renewed

Or here, with Dionysos's ritual.

Dionysos transfixed
Dionysos transfixed

As some of the new gods later stated, words seem insufficient for describing the experience (to test this, the conference organizers have mercilessly set up a task to theorize on the piece in the discussions scheduled for Thursday and Friday - we the gods can't wait to enjoy the agonistic struggle of the mortals). Pictures don't do the job either, but it is hard to get closer than this:

The New Pantheon
The New Pantheon

Yours,

Apollo

Photography by Visa Knuuttila and Natalya DikhanovaOn the night of the 7th of September eight protagonists were initiated to the mysteries of love; they joined the pantheon by performing a ritual act to make them beautiful. The Symposium was preceded by the 2nd Act: Mimesis and the 3rd Act: Anagnorisis. In these the protagonists moved step by step towards the actual ritualistic initiation, approaching beauty through the paradoxically inevitable dramaturgy. Paradoxical because the from provides the protagonist a way to create her/his individual path, but in the end all stand before the same gate.

The Symposium was magical, the rituals astounding and the food incredible. This is not Apollo the Hyperborean trying to talk the american way, but true praise from the god who is accustomed to reserve his judgement. The culinary and visual beauty of the feast table was created by the demeterian magician, Carmen C. Wong.

Table
Table

Better view on the main course and the heroic task of delivering it here.

The rituals contained all the aspects of life: earth, water, fire, air. The mortal bodies were washed, kissed, pierced, tattooed, nourished, bathed and set on fire. Through these archetypical processes they were transformed, immortalized. Evidently, the protagonists were the light that illuminated the space. The older gods accompanied, as here, with Apollo's ritual.

Apollo renewed
Apollo renewed

Or here, with Dionysos's ritual.

Dionysos transfixed
Dionysos transfixed

As some of the new gods later stated, words seem insufficient for describing the experience (to test this, the conference organizers have mercilessly set up a task to theorize on the piece in the discussions scheduled for Thursday and Friday - we the gods can't wait to enjoy the agonistic struggle of the mortals). Pictures don't do the job either, but it is hard to get closer than this:

The New Pantheon
The New Pantheon

Yours,

Apollo

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