Loki and the Penguin Book of Symbols

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Loki and the Penguin Book of Symbols

Post by njm on Sun May 17, 2015 7:37 pm

Since I'm a writer and editor I collect reference books, and one I have is the Penguin Dictionary of Symbols.

On the whole this is an excellent resource, but one entry really grates on me and it's the one for Loki which basically describes Loki as the Norse Satan.

I find myself unable to open the book without also rereading that one every time, even though I know it will infuriate me. Part of me would really like to write to Penguin and tell them they have it all wrong.

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Post by journeyintoinsanity on Sun May 17, 2015 9:44 pm

Yeah, that kind of thinking always chaps my ass, too. Evil or Very Mad
Do it! Set em straight! Smile
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Post by Lokakisa on Mon May 18, 2015 8:54 am

I think you should write them about it. Tell them they are cheapening history and the culture with this false information. Tell them it is very insensitive. Are they this rude about all non-Christian cultures? Is Set the Egyptian Satan, too? Tell them they should be ashamed at their lack of research, putting the Penguin brand in a bad light. Tell them if they can't keep their religious views out of it, they should not write on such subjects as they don't have the proper objectivity, which is a skill sorely needed in this world.

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Post by journeyintoinsanity on Mon May 18, 2015 9:22 am

Yeah!
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Re: Loki and the Penguin Book of Symbols

Post by Just.Christine on Mon May 18, 2015 4:08 pm

njm wrote:Since I'm a writer and editor I collect reference books, and one I have is the Penguin Dictionary of Symbols.

On the whole this is an excellent resource, but one entry really grates on me and it's the one for Loki which basically describes Loki as the Norse Satan.

I find myself unable to open the book without also rereading that one every time, even though I know it will infuriate me. Part of me would really like to write to Penguin and tell them they have it all wrong.

LOL! That's exactly something I would do. Do they use that term? Norse Satan? You know, I love and revere Jesus but all the same, I just wish the Church would just be buried or go away or something. I bet Jesus would agree, lol. Laughing
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Re: Loki and the Penguin Book of Symbols

Post by njm on Mon May 18, 2015 8:09 pm

They call him a "
Scandinavian evil spirit"
, refer to his "
similarity of character with Lucifer"
and talk of "
trickery and lies which deprave the spirit"
.
Perhaps I should write them a letter. Grr. It really bugs me every time I pick up the book.

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Re: Loki and the Penguin Book of Symbols

Post by journeyintoinsanity on Mon May 18, 2015 9:19 pm

Weeelll... there is SPG that Loki and Lucifer are pretty much BFFs, but that's beside the point. :;
):

I hate it when people spread the wrong idea about Him. Makes the whole, "
I'm Lokean"
conversation with someone even more nervewracking.
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Post by Just.Christine on Wed May 20, 2015 1:17 pm

Well it's a good way to separate the ignorant from the enlightened. Just imagine all the time you're saving! An intelligent person is curious by nature and will usually express interest and ask questions first, rather than drawing conclusions and making assumptions. While the ignorant will react when they hear, and while they may ask questions, you can always tell they're questions designed to trip you up. They're not truly interested. To people like that, I don't waste time explaining my stance. I just say, "
I'm not going to answer you because I don't think you're genuinely interested. good day to you!"
*tips hat and leaves.

And of course they have to call out that I'm so much weaksauce for not engaging them. To which I say, "
You win! Here's your Kewpie doll!"
and leave it at that. After all, who really cares what obstinately ignorant people think?
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Post by journeyintoinsanity on Wed May 20, 2015 1:56 pm

True. I'm glad my mother was as accepting as she was. She's curious, and I think she might do well to reach out to the Vanir, if she's interested.
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