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Obviously, if you have not yet seen the series, please disregard this post due to spoilers.

I was finally able to watch the finale of “Lost” on Hulu last night.  I was really happy with the conclusion of the series.  Hell, I loved the whole story – plot holes and all.  More on that in a moment.

“Lost” had everything a typical Pagan would love: mythical references, characters who seem like protective spirits or deities, unique legendary creatures, ghosts, multiple worlds/universes/dimensions, a compelling story with wonderful characters, magic, and mystery.

That last characteristic, the mystery, is what has kept people watching for so many years.  It’s also what has some audience members up in arms in regards to the finale.  Sure, some of the unexplained plot devices are a bit annoying.  For example, where was Walt at the end?  But for the most part, I can live without knowing a lot of the answers.  In fact, I was happy that they didn’t tell me where certain structures came from or how The Man in Black somehow lost his powers before his death.  As I’ve already said to some people, most explanations would, I’m sure, feel contrived.  And as someone who reads and revels in mythology, I am perfectly content with magic and mystery.  Will we ever know the creation story of the Celts, for example?  If we don’t, we will be fine.  In fact, it makes for a less dogmatic, more engaging religion in my opinion.  A religion is not the same as a television show, at least not at this point in history, but I hope you see what I mean.

So what if we don’t know what the numbers meant, who built the temple, the wheel, and the well which was the source of light?  Isn’t life full of mystery?

The final scene occurred in some sort of church but it wasn’t of any denomination.  The creators made sure that the camera scanned over several religious icons and tools – crucifixes, menorahs, Buddha, Krisnha, etc…- to show that the Otherworld/Purgatory environment everyone had created was beyond creed.  Even in death, the characters did not know what the “right” religion was.  The biggest mysteries of life in general were still unanswered.  That dwarfs so much of the mystery of the island which, in the end, is a symbol for the macrocosm of mystery in life.  Who are we?  How did we become stranded on this planet and why?  The adventures on the island, while seemingly so important, happened because of what people believed – and in the end we don’t know which of those beliefs were correct.  Everything is left up to human interpretation and, often, this led to error.  In our own lives, we go through our day making offerings to Gods that appear to us but not to everyone.  We feel that we are doing what is right but, in the end, who really knows?  We play the lottery and we may win.  Was it luck?  Fate?  Neither?   Is that drink you consumed in your initiation ceremony full of magic and energy?  Was it only in your head? We cannot know.

In the end, the characters, who struggled through so many moral mazes on that island, reach a point where they are able to let go and realize that the unanswered questions, the puzzles, and the rituals were only vehicles towards the bonds they formed with other people.  That was the point of the show – to exhibit that despite all the uncertainties in our lives, one of the only significant things we can come close to understanding and really experiencing are the relationships we create with other people (and animals.  Yay Vincent!).

I cried during the final scene.  How poignant to imagine that, after everyone you love has died, you are able to come to terms with the hurt or the unanswered questions, and just celebrate what you did share and know together before moving on to new uncertainties to explore.  To me it was very magical and optimistic.

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I’m having a “meh” week.  I don’t know if it’s my body readjusting to a medication/hormones, fatigue from a busy weekend, the waning moon, or a combination of all of that.  I’ve been very lazy outside of work.  I’ve managed to exercise a little, water my garden, and began organizing my notes for different study programs.  Otherwise I’ve wasted time online and played Civilization IV: Warlords.

Hubby and I are nearly finished with the first season of “Rome.”  It’s a lot like “The Tudors” but set in in the titular city and during the rise of Julius Caesar.  Also like “The Tudors,” it’s not historically accurate.  All the same, it’s a lot of fun.  The costumes and sets are magnificent.  My husband, who finds “The Tudors” somewhere between boring and hilarious for all the wrong reasons, really likes “Rome.”  I think it has something to do with the two soldiers, Verenus and Pullo.  They’re interesting characters who get into amusing situations.

[ For my LJ friends, please visit me at: http://adfcatprints.blogspot.com/ ]

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Gus diZerega, Pagan blogger on Beliefnet, posted a list* of what his readers believe to be the worst cinematic (or television) portrayals of Pagans – specifically the much maligned witch.  It was an interesting read.  “Hocus Pocus” was one of the top worst offenders.  Although I completely agree with the argument, it’s still a favorite movie of mine.  I love the singing and the over-the-top witches.  It’s just a fun story.

I’m ashamed to say that I have yet to see the original (or the remake) of “The Wicker Man.”  I’m saving that for Muin Mound.  Apparently it’s a tradition to watch it after initiation into the grove!  I’ve also yet to see “The Craft.”  My hubby owns it, so one of these days…  I never really got into “Buffy”, mostly because I didn’t have cable.  Someone commented about the character Willow and how she was “dismissive of Wiccans as: ‘Bunch of wanna blessed be’s. Nowadays every girl with a henna tattoo and a spice rack thinks she’s a sister to the dark ones.'”  Yes it’s a fictitious story, and real magic as we know it is not so spectacular on the movie screen, but it’s annoying all the same.  And really, ‘the dark ones’?  Give me a break!  I tend to write off anyone who uses that sort of ignorant, goth-tinted language.    I’ve never seen “Charmed,” however I must say I’m always extremely annoyed when someone sees my triquetra tattoo or necklace and thinks I’m a fan, as if the symbol came from the show!  

At the same time, one has to have a sense of humor.  Like I said, “Hocus Pocus” remains a favorite of mine, in part because it is so over the top and makes no references to Wiccans or people who actually practice Paganism.  There’s also a wicked little part of me that thinks, if I was going to be some sort of supernatural bad girl, I’d want to be like that. **  And how many Christians find various church-bashing Monty Python skits hilarious?  Most can’t help but crack a grin because there is a grain of truth there.  Perhaps it’s the same with negative Pagan portrayals.  The characters represent what some in our community have deluded themselves into thinking is real or possible because they have no concept of reality in this plane/dimension/world/existence.  Some Pagans are, for lack of a better term, bat shit crazy.  Some really do see the world through purely dark or purely sparkly white lenses.

So what do you think are some of the best portrayals of Paganism in modern entertainment?  For my readers who are not Pagan, what are the best and worst portrayals of your religion?

*For my lj friends: http://blog.beliefnet.com/apagansblog/2010/03/the-worst-movie-depicting-witches-and-other-pagans.html

** For the record, I don’t really want to be that way.  I’m just saying.  It would be cool to (temporarily) change people into cats though.

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