A transgender divine archetype

A few days ago, as the start of the Transgender Visibility Week, we wrote an article on the position of the trans community within paganism. We find that many times transgender people encounter the same difficulties they face in the rest of society in terms of discrimination or even hatred for being what they are. This should not be the case since paganism represents for many a safe place to express themselves, where to find a place to belong. Fortunately the gods do not understand these absurd discriminations that humans do.

Transgender divine archetype

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This is also a matter of spirituality

When from the Shrine of Eros launched the project of the Pagan Observatory of Eros and the first survey for the Study on Sexuality and Gender in Paganism received, in a majority way, support from the great part of the pagan community. And I say “part” because we found ourselves with some comments that told us that all this was totally unnecessary, that questions about sexuality and gender are private things and that they do not have to mix with religion. We believe that this thought couldn’t be more wrong.

Activism is a matter of paganism

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Introduction to Eros

Eros Figure

Nowadays the image we can have of Eros through art (especially since the Renaissance) is that of a winged and chubby boy who shoots arrows so that people fall in love. For those who go a little deeper in mythology, Eros is found as a lesser god, the son of Aphrodite, who over time became the chief divinity of love, sex, and fertility that until then had been the domain of Eros. The name of Eros (Ἔρως in ancient Greek) literally means “love.” The same word for the Hellenes served to name the god and the feeling.

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