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Thu 28 Oct 2021
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Fri 29 Oct 2021

11:00 AM - 6:00 PM (UTC+5.5)

Conference on Polytheism Today & Tomorrow: Dialogues on Pluralism and Polytheist Art

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(All times are EDT)

Thursday, 10/28

11 AM – 01PM EDT (08:30-10:30PM IST)

Welcoming Remarks by Edward P. Butler

Dialogues on Pluralism:
Dr. Papia Mitra
Harsh Madhusudan
Adam Louis-Klein
Pankaj Saxena
Indic Explorer

01:00 PM-03:00 PM EDT (10:30 PM-12:30 AM IST):
Stephanos Chelydoreus, The New Mysteries of Hekate-Despoina: On the Cusp of Revival and Innovation; Justin Shaffner, Dema Metaphysics: Toward a Generic Theory of Melanesian Perspectivism; Theanos Thrax, Polytheistic Orientation of Identity

04:00 PM-05:30 PM EDT (01:30 AM-03:00 AM IST on 10/29):
Book Discussion, Polytheism and Indology: Lessons from The Nay Science

07:30 PM EDT (05:00 AM IST on 10/29):

Inauguration of Exhibition on Polytheist Art

Panel Discussion on Polytheist Art
Lannon Delano Blake
Ptahmassu Nofra-Uaa

Friday, 10/29

11 AM-1 PM EDT (08:30PM-10:30PM IST):
Adam Louis-Klein, At the Crossing Place of Gods and Animals: The Sky-Earth System as Generic Cosmology; Selgu̯iros Caitacos, Many Gods, One Religion? The Irreducibility of Gaulish Polytheisms, Both Ancient and Revived; Oluwo Olawole Olakunle MKO, Being an Ifá Priest Today

07 PM – 09 PM EDT (04:30AM- 06:30AM IST on 10/30):
Makadiwata, Philippine Polytheisms; Mudang Seonmi, Korean Shamanism: The Mudang’s Life; Lannan Delano Blake, Blood of the Gods: A Chicano Explores Mexican Polytheism; Dr. P. Sufenas Virius Lupus, How to Re-Found an Ancient Cultus 101; Aliakai, How Latent Christianity Crushes the Polytheist Spirit: And What to Do About It

Closing Remarks by Hari Vadlamani, Founder, INDICA

Speakers
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Edward P. Butler

Director, CGPIT INDICA

Edward P. Butler received his doctorate in Philosophy from the New School for Social Research, New York City, in 2004 for his dissertation “The Metaphysics of Polytheism in Proclus”. Since then, he has pursued an ambitious research program in philosophy, theology, and the philosophy of religion, publishing regularly in academic journals as well as in devotional volumes. From 2009 on, he has hosted on his site his Theological Encyclopedia of the Goddesses and Gods of the Ancient Egyptians, with entries on more than 150 deities, now available in paperback and ebook editions as well. His previously published works are collected in several anthologies: Essays on a Polytheistic Philosophy of Religion (2012), Essays on the Metaphysics of Polytheism in Proclus (2014), Essays on Plato (2018), and Essays on Hellenic Theology(2018). From 2014-2019 he was co-editor of Walking the Worlds: A Biannual Journal of Polytheism and Spiritwork (ISSN 2474-3135). In addition to his theoretical work on polytheism, he has been a practicing devotional polytheist for his entire adult life, and is an advocate for the preservation, restoration and revival of polytheistic traditions around the globe. His areas of specialization include ancient Platonism, ancient Greek theology, ancient Egyptian theology, and the polytheistic philosophy of religion in general. More information about his work is available from his personal website (https://henadology.wordpress.com/) as well as from his Academia.edu page (https://newschool.academia.edu/EdwardButler), and he is also active on Twitter (@EPButler).

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Hari Kiran Vadlamani

Founder, INDICA

Hari Kiran is an investor, activist, seeker and an aspiring artist.

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Dr. Joydeep Bagchee

Core Doctoral Faculty, HINDU UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA

Dr. Joydeep Bagchee is a core doctoral faculty member at the Hindu University of America and a visiting lecturer based in Berlin, Germany. He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from New School for Social Research, New York. His areas of expertise are twentieth-century Continental philosophy, German Romanticism, Nietzsche, philology, and the Western reception of Indian thought. Along with Dr. Vishwa Adluri, he is the author of The Nay Science: A History of German Indology (Oxford University Press, 2014) and Philology and Criticism: A Guide to Mahābhārata Textual Criticism (Anthem, 2018). He co-edited the volume Argument and Design: The Unity of the Mahābhārata (Brill, 2016). Dr. Bagchee has taught at Technische Universität Dresden, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich and has been a fellow at Free University, Berlin. He heads the “History and Method” concentration at the Hindu University of America.

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Papia Mitra

Associate Professor

Dr. Papia Mitra is Associate Professor, English Department, at Surendranath College for Women, Calcutta University, Kolkata, India with more than 20 years of research experience and teaching. Besides degrees in English language and Literature, she has also earned Graduate Diploma in Arts: Academic Study Of Religion, from Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand. She is interested in Religious studies, Mythology and Fairy Tale studies, Culture Studies, Gender Studies and has successfully completed a research project on Lokayata Darsana. She has presented and published several papers on Hindu concepts of dharma and Ramayana and Mahabharata. She feels that polytheists should use their own words and concepts instead of borrowing from the West.

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Harsh Madhusudan

Author

Harsh Gupta ‘Madhusudan’ is an India-based public markets investor. He has written extensively on economics, finance and politics for Mint, Swarajya, The Wall Street Journal, The Indian Express and other publications. Harsh enrolled to study at IIT Delhi, before dropping out. He graduated from Dartmouth College with an AB degree in economics. He also holds an MBA from INSEAD. He is on Twitter @HarshMadhusudan and on Instagram at @Harsh_Madhusudan

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Pankaj Saxena

Associate Professor at Rashtram School of Public Leadership

Dr. Pankaj Saxena is an author writing on art, aesthetics, Hindu architecture, history and literature, currently working as Associate Professor at Rashtram School of Public Leadership. He has published more than 100 articles and research papers in various magazines and has authored two books so far. He is also the Director of Indic Academy-Rashtram Center for Cultural Leadership. He has visited and documented more than 1200 ancient Hindu temples all over India.

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Indic Explorer

Social Media Influencer

The Indic Explorer is a Social Media Influencer on Clubhouse and Twitter. He has a deep interest in Indic civilizational issues from a modern perspective. He seeks to build a forum for discussion and dialogue among different international polytheists to collaborate on a global scale for mutual co-operation. He is available on twitter @theindicexplor1 and on clubhouse @indicexplorer

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Mudang Seonmi

shaman-priest

선미 무당 Seonmi Mudang is certified as well as officiated as shaman-priest in the indigenous korean tradition Mugyo in 2017 of the 원초 lineage. She was born in Seoul, Korea and moved to the United States when she was about five years old. Living in the USA caused her to grow up with a markedly western centric POV in terms of spirituality, such as practice with witchcraft. Her initiation into Mugyo heavily shifted her lifestyle and practice to suit the Korean deities and her lineage is emphasized by traditional methods with adaptations to modernity to suit the Korean American diaspora.

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Adam Louis-Klein

Philosopher, Anthropologist, and Musician

Adam Louis-Klein seeks the place where the Human, animal, and God intersect, at the Center of the Universe. He has proposed Sky-Earth Systems science as a pluralist cosmology that generalizes central insights of polytheist and animist metaphysics. He is currently a PHD student in anthropology at McGill University, studying with Eduardo Kohn. Louis-Klein is also co-director at Oscillations: Non-Standard Experiments in Anthropology, the Social Sciences, and Cosmology. https://oscillations.one/Oscillations. For more on intellectual and artistic projects, see adamlouisklein.com.

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Selgu̯iros Caitacos

Gaulish Polytheist

Selgu̯iros Carantos Caitacos is a Gaulish Polytheist of 9+ years. He was involved in Toutâ Galation since its inception, and is founder of Mantalon Bolgon (previously known as Senobessus Bolgon). Selgu̯iros pursued a photography degree until joining the Minnesota National Guard (honorably discharged after 6 years of obligatory service). Now he is employed in the food service industry, feeding his entire neighborhood most of the week. Besides making iconography in an eldritch / apotropaic style, he enjoys martial arts history, and weight-training / physical training as a spiritual practice. He still resides on Anishinaabeg and Oceti Šakowiŋ land, hoping that their Indigenous cultures and languages will see a great revival before he dies.

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Theanos Thrax

Theanos Thrax is an independent polymath scholar and priest, associated with studies in religion, identity orientation, marginalization, human rights, change-oriented social engagement, and more recently involvement in politics. As polytheist-animist clergy and spirit-worker, they provide professional religious support services to organizations, individuals, and under-represented identity groups, including prison chaplaincy programs, and suicide-prevention outreach. In addition to academic and religious work, Theanos provides educational support and consultation to elected offices, including policy advisement in the development of human rights and diversity related legislature. Active in identity representation areas ranging from polytheistic religion to disability and neurodiversity, to gender and culture, they also oversee (as an extension of their temple) a serpent sanctuary which provides permanent housing and care, following rescue and rehabilitation services for abandoned, neglected, and abused animals, occasionally supporting wildlife rescue calls across a wide range of species in New England. When not working in these areas, they find time as a visual artist, novelist, and recording artist (with a group presently spread between the United States and Japan). Since 2020, they have returned to providing pro-bono mental health consultation, education, and advocacy services during the global pandemic, especially related to expanding trauma-awareness, and identity consideration in recovery, management, and treatment.

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Stefanos Chelydoreus

Polytheist, Theologian, Mystic, and Witch from Greece

Chelydoreus is a polytheist, theologian, mystic, and witch from Greece with nearly two decades of experience in reviving polytheisms and the occult. His project "The Mysteries of Hekate-Despoina" won a fellowship award in the Reviving Polytheisms category of the Center for Global Polytheist and Indigenous Traditions, and it deals with the formulation of a contemporary mystery religion within the context of modern Hellenic polytheism. Chelydoreus is also a blogger and writer with multiple upcoming projects on the topics of polytheism, mysticism, and magic

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Makadiwata

Filipino-Lebanese Polytheist, an Independent Researcher

Makadiwata is a Filipino-Lebanese Polytheist, an independent researcher, and a full-time devotee of the God Hermes. He belongs to a small but stout-hearted community of devotional Filipino polytheists where the focus is domestic cultus: cultivating peace and well-being in the household. Some of their interests include ancient history, linguistics, and Ireland. His burning desire is to preserve and enrich life-ways that honour the Gods.

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Justin Shaffner

Anthropologist, Alchemist, Martial artist

Justin Shaffner is an anthropologist who seeks to better understand the place of invention and transformation at the center of all of us, in the hope that we can be more responsible for how we live together in the sky-earth system. Toward this end, with Adam Louis-Klein, he co-founded Oscillations: Non-Standard Experiments in Anthropology, the Social Sciences, and Cosmology. His doctoral research at the University of Cambridge in Social Anthropology focused on the politics of resource extraction in the Pacific, where he was first introduced to Melanesian thought as a lived, embodied experience and practice. Justin is the recipient of a fellowship from the Center for Global Polytheist and Indigenous Traditions at Indic Academy for his work relating to the revitalization of indigenous traditions in Papua New Guinea, and their continued relevance for contemporary social and political thought. He is also a research associate at the University of Michigan's Center for Social Solutions where he focuses on issues related to the "future of work" and global commodity chains.

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Oluwo Olawole Olakunle ‘MKO

Babalawo (Ifá Priest)

Oluwo Olawole Olakunle is a Babalawo (Ifá Priest) and global changemaker who believes passionately in the potential of Indigenous African science. Olakunle was conferred the title Oluwo in 2019 by IJO Orunmila Apapo Odu Traditional house of worship. Though a young Babalawo, he has travelled extensively to study Ifá with internationally acclaimed teachers including Solagbade Popoola, Araba Ifaleke Awurela, Oluwo Ifasegun Adetayo and Awo Ifamilusi Awolola. He has been featured on the BBC, and is the recipient of a fellowship from the Center for Global Polytheist and Indigenous Traditions at Indic Academy for his Ifá Podcast, which seeks to dispel stereotypes about African Traditional Religions and to promote Africa's Indigenous spirituality to African people both at home and in the diaspora.

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Lannan Delano Blake

Artist

Lannan Delano Blake, formerly known as Lo, is a chicano artist, spirit-worker, and devotee of the Yucatec Maya storm god Chaak. He has been on the pagan and polytheist path for two decades, and recently published Art & Numen, a manifesto for polytheist artists, inspired by the years he spent honoring Gods, doing magic, and cultivating spirit relationships through the labor of his art practice. His current projects are many, including a 700-page self-initiatory graphic novel (Aquapunk), the construction of a beginner's resource website for the religion of the pre-conquest Mexica (In Yollotl In Omitl), as well as maintaining NumenArts.com. His blog is at https://rotwork.wordpress.com, and his art can be found at https://bone.blue.

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Dr. P. Sufenas Virius Lupus

Rev. Dr. P. Sufenas Virius Lupus (sometimes known as “PSVL”) is a metagender person and has been practicing polytheism since 1992. E primarily practices a queer, Graeco-Roman-Egyptian syncretist reconstructionist polytheist devotion dedicated to Antinous, the deified lover of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, and related Deities and divine figures, and was one of the founders of modern organized Antinoan devotion in 2002. E is also in a divine marriage to the Hellenic Goddess Thetis, and is a practicing Celtic Reconstructionist polytheist in the traditions of gentlidecht and filidecht, with regular devotional connections to many other Deities from a variety of cultures and practices. E holds a Ph.D. in Celtic Civilizaations. Lupus has published eight books on polytheist matters, and has an extensive record of articles, poetry, and fiction as well in relation to polytheism across many anthologies and periodicals, as well as having appeared on five episodes of Dr. Jeffrey Mishlove's The New Thinking Allowed.

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Aliakai

Author

Aliakai is a polytheist youtuber and author who focuses on the revival of Classical Era Athenian Hellenism. She has a passion for indigenous and environmental activism. Her mission on Youtube since June 2020 has been to make good historical research more accessible to polytheists who feel the call from the Greek Gods