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Today, I painted.

And I got in the groove. It happens occasionally. It's the...thingy. For an hour or two, you can't lay a stroke wrong. Time sort of wanders off. It's cool when it happens. It doesn't happen very often. If I could tap into it at will, they would find me dehydrated, starved, twitching with sleep-deprivation, my wrists ginked up like frost-killed tree roots and my eyes shot with a fine red mesh, sitting in a pile of my own art and/or waste material.

Fortunately for all involved, I can't tap into it at will, and it doesn't last for more than a few hours, and leaves me wrung out like an elderly squeegee afterwards, but that's generally enough. I had only intended to get the painting started--it's one of the illos for Mongoose--and instead I did the entire piece in one mad sprint. And as I worked, the back of my brain went "Pling! Pling! Twang!" and a teeny voice arose from within the army of three-legged frogs on wheels and wombats wandering around with vague expressions and somewhat horrified lizards, and said "Yes. This is it. This is the style. This is where I want my art to go, at least for awhile."

And that is an excellent feeling, although I am not sure if I can trust it, since I get loopy and weird when I'm in that particular painting trance, and I sorta wish I could show y'all, the painting, but, y'know, NDA and all. But I'll post it as soon as I can.

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This is an off-topic question, but it's itching me. A gazillion years ago, you made a really cool post about a word that I never heard of elsewhere and can't remember. It was -theism something, maybe. The definition was "to worship one God, while simultaneously acknowledging the existance of other gods who you don't worship." What was the word? What post was it in? (There's a Livejournal utility that lets you wordsearch your own journal.) I'd like to link to that post and find/read the book you said it was in.

I'm not Ursula, but I seem to remember the word being something related to "hegemony."

The word you're looking for is Mithraism, not to be confused with Mothraism, which is the worship of Mothra.

There was an article about the possible Zoroastrian origins of Christianity linked to at the end of the post (though I don't rememeber which post it was). I saved it and I'm planning on posting it on my journal moments after I'm done replying to your comment, in case you're interested.

No, wait! Edit, edit, edit! The word you're looking for is henotheism - I have no idea where I got that other one from, or what it means, but I suspect I got it from somewhere in that other post you mentioned.

You may also be interested in an online community about something called "amnatheism", which either/both refers to:
1) Someone who has forgotten whether s/he believes in God or not,
2) Someone who believes that the world will end when God will forget to keep this shit together.

Henotheism! Yup, that's it!

Mithraism, which you mention, is logically enough worship of the god Mithras, one of the mystery religions popular through the Ancient World. It was a fraternal order, rather concerned with astrology, and which was worshipped by sailors, soldiers, merchants, and other people who tended to find themselves far from home.

Oh, and the book was "Gifts of the Jews" by Cahill (I think--my copy's in the centipede room and thus off limits for another few days...)

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