User talk:Smerdis of Tlön

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I've noticed something[edit]

You're a linguist (right?) and you've made lots of language-related edits in the past, but more recently you've been mostly focusing on political commentary. That reminds me of a certain someone, but I can't for the life of me remember who...--Кřěĵ (ṫåɬк) 14:15, 4 November 2018 (UTC)

Noam Chomsky? 141.134.75.236 (talk) 15:07, 4 November 2018 (UTC)
I tend to do about half and half of each here. It depends on how the spirit moves me. I am not a linguist; in fact I am something much, much, worse: a conlanger. If you're interested, most of my conlangs are documented here. Smerdis of Tlön, wekʷōm teḱs. 04:55, 5 November 2018 (UTC)
@BoN That was the joke, yes.
@Smerdis Interesting. Can you read Cree?--Кřěĵ (ṫåɬк) 05:44, 7 November 2018 (UTC)
I wish. I do have a copy of Valentine's Nishnaabemwin Reference Grammar, though. The used bookstore called me when someone brought it in, saying that I was the only person he knew that would ever buy it. Smerdis of Tlön, wekʷōm teḱs. 01:53, 8 November 2018 (UTC)

Cernunnos[edit]

Hey, I had to do some research on fertility, life, and death deity for a role-playing game I staff (behind myself, the cultural and social elite) and was having a lot of trouble. The deity could not be anything like Mother Earth or Gaia, but had to be a masculine deity about how new life springs from the fertile corpses of rotting wood and viscera liquefying under the sun.

Glad I came across your article on Cernunnos as I've been sick and not on top of my game looking up deities and had not realized just how little evidence of Cernunnos being a deity. I'd known about the Triple Goddess and Horned God being way over applied when talking about religions and being a new movement, but had no idea just how much of a new religious movement neopaganism was. It makes sense, given that the original pagans could not read/write or compare thematic similarities between deities across cultures throughout the whole world.

Just wanted to give you some props!

Eponymous (talk) 08:35, 9 November 2018 (UTC)

@Eponymous Glad to be of assistance. For a "fertility, life, and death deity", I would suggest the Etruscan VoltumnaWikipedia's W.svg, who becomes VertumnusWikipedia's W.svg in Latin. If that's too obscure there's always Persephone/Proserpina. Smerdis of Tlön, wekʷōm teḱs. 01:15, 10 November 2018 (UTC)
On the Cernunnos front, it really is a shame that we know so little about Celtic deities, aside from the Tuatha, and even that isn't much.
If you want a feminine Freya is always a good option, though she's less a "nature goddess," and more a "goddess of fertility, war, magic, and death." Seriously, Freya is criminally underrated. RoninMacbeth (talk) 05:44, 25 November 2018 (UTC)

Long Delayed Answer[edit]

Sorry for the delay, the language is Sekele, a Khoisan language. I'm currently learning Juǀ'hoan. Mí má kȍhà hńg gǀȕì ō ǁȁhìn-ā ō hȁ ō gǀè gù ǀxūúnnu. (talk) 04:07, 25 November 2018 (UTC)

Translation[edit]

Scribo hunc translationem de Carolo Magno. Habesne ullas cogitationes? RoninMacbeth (DICE MECUM) Moderator 21:10, 30 November 2018 (UTC)

Question about Christianity[edit]

Hello stranger. I saw you on Saloon Bar mentioning you are a Christian but you couldn't be a Roman Catholic for various reasons, like papal infallibility. What kind of Christian are you (if you don't mind me asking)? I'm a Roman Catholic, but I'm actually pretty sceptical about stuff like papal infallibility (I know it is one of those things Catholics are "supposed" to believe, but a heck of a lot of Catholics, probably even the majority in some places, actually don't believe more than half the things we are "supposed" to.) DepressedAustralian (talk) 06:11, 5 February 2019 (UTC)

I'm a Methodist, myself. Smerdis of Tlön, wekʷōm teḱs. 19:32, 5 February 2019 (UTC)
United Methodist Church? Or something else? What do you think of the Wesleyan Quadrilateral? That's one idea associated with Methodism that I've always felt some attraction to. DepressedAustralian (talk) 00:52, 6 February 2019 (UTC)
United Methodist, and yes, I am familiar with the Quadrilateral. It is covered by the Disciple bible study class put out by the UMC, which was refreshing by its lack of extremism and acceptance of scholarship. Smerdis of Tlön, wekʷōm teḱs. 02:13, 7 February 2019 (UTC)
Sounds interesting. Their "Disciple bible study class", would there by any chance happen to be an online version of it somewhere? (I'm in Australia and there is no UMC here... the main Methodist denomination here is the Uniting Church, which is actually a merger of the Methodists, Presbyterians and Congregationalists. I think there are also some independent Methodists, who either didn't want to participate in the merger, or belonged to smaller Methodist churches, but they are rare enough that I've never bumped into them...) DepressedAustralian (talk) 06:10, 11 February 2019 (UTC)