After a longish hiatus that was asked of me by my Fulltrúi, I’m back, alive and kicking, and hereby announcing that this blog is going bilingual as of now. I’ll continue posting in English, as it really is no trouble whatsoever—I’ve been fluent in English for a lot of years now, and if I had to say which language I think or dream in, I honestly couldn’t say. It’s a toss-up between English and my native language, which is German. With a side-dish of Italian, but that’s a story for another time.
There are a few reasons why I’m going to do this. One is, simply, because a friend asked me to. We talked about it briefly over coffee or lunch (well, my lunch, her coffee), and some of what she said made me think about it and realise that she had a point. Another reason is, even though most people understand English, whether or not it’s their native language, it might make a difference to those who’re in similar positions as I am, or maybe my friend is: with the whole pagan scene—and I’m including basically everything and anything in that word—being widely represented by American bloggers, it sometimes gets “lonely” this side of the globe.
This goes so far as that we do not have any kind of working vocabulary for even central things. There is, for instance, no good German word for “horsing”, or even “possession by Deity”, that does not carry negative connotations. Believe me, the direct translation of “possession” into “Besessenheit” adds a ton of negativity that is not present in the English use of the word. (One of the perks of being fluent, I guess, is that nuances like this don’t go flying over my head).
Apart from that, some of the topics discussed just don’t have the same meaning for us Europeans than they do for America’s blogosphere—and frankly, they quite often leave me puzzled and more than a little bewildered. On the other hand, of course, there are topics that are relevant for us. On a related note, it is perhaps a good thing to have a voice out there, in my own language; I don’t think I’m really “entitled” to do something hugely important, but… with mysticism being as underrepresented in heathenish polytheism as it is, I think it would help people here, in this part of the globe, to know that there are others out there like them. I know it would have helped me.
So, without further ado, as of today, I’ll post in English and German. There’s going to be a German category that will be linked as a page, so that whoever wants to read the German posts can do so easily.
Have fun you guys. Bis bald, und hoffentlich jetzt wieder regelmäßig.