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June 26th, 2006


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01:32 pm - Finding the threads I need
He said he was fascinated with the idea of spring break, and he had actually witnessed the ritual once in Cancun. He described it as a wet T-shirt contest where skimpily clad coeds danced in circles while men in baggy bathing suits doused them with giant water guns. "And they call us pagans?"
-A Salty Piece of Land, p. 248
On Saturday morning, I came upon a crew doing a religious service for the Pride Parade. What caught my eye was the fact that they were all wearing long, white robes. One even had a hood.

Sure, they weren't Pagan, but who says you have to be a Druid to wear white?

So I wandered up and asked them where they got their duds.

It turns out that there's a local religious supply store here in Columbus, and one of the priests gave me the name of the shop: Generations Religious Gifts & Church Supply down on Grandview and Rt. 33.

So today I stopped in during lunch and had a look around.

I really should have been one of those high-church Grand Muckety-Mucks or whatever they call them. They had so many cool things that priests could wear in ritual! They even carry some of those silly hats that bishops wear! They had a little bit of everything, but I found what I was looking for: a white, hooded robe with no decoration.

Unlike robes designed by Neo-Pagans (presubably to look as silly as possible and to exponentially increase the chance of setting your altar and robes on fire), these robes had reasonably sized sleeves that were not too close nor too far from the wrist. 2000 years of working a liturgy goes a long way in practical design.

I have not bought the robe yet: it runs $130 or so and I don't have that kind of cash to splurge on something that I won't need for another 6 weeks. Besides, I might find something nicer.

The only issue with the robe is that it's designed to be worn under something else more elaborate. It's thus very thin and somewhat see-through. This doesn't particularly bother me, but I'll have to find some shoes to go with my white dress pants now, as I expect that, with such . . . visibility, it would be a good idea to have something on under it when standing in front of a fire.

Of course, wearing white underneath doesn't necessarily help what might be visible when it rains. . .

Wet Druid Robe Contest!


Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: "Frenchman for the Night", -JB

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From:triskele
Date:June 26th, 2006 05:59 pm (UTC)
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wasn't there a 'rule' somewhere that said we are not supposed to wear white robes with hoods because it might make us look like Klan?

I scanned the bylaws & the P&P manual, didn't see it, but I know it used to be somewhere...
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From:triskele
Date:June 26th, 2006 06:00 pm (UTC)
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From:snakesinspace
Date:June 26th, 2006 06:00 pm (UTC)
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The stores that they have for that sort of thing in Vatican City are amazing.
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From:chronarchy
Date:June 26th, 2006 06:18 pm (UTC)
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When are we going shopping, and how much of your money can I spend, as your favourite boy-toy?
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From:heimskringla
Date:June 26th, 2006 06:33 pm (UTC)
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You might try C.M. Almy or F.C. Ziegler's if your local shop doesn't have something more opaque.
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From:chronarchy
Date:June 27th, 2006 12:38 pm (UTC)
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Ziegler's seems to have some promising albs. Thanks for the tip. They're also a lot cheaper.

Just gotta spend a lot of time searching through their poorly designed site. :)
From:silverwitch
Date:June 26th, 2006 06:48 pm (UTC)
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*laughs* Where can I get tickets to the contest? It sounds like a blast. I'll bring the alcohol and some ones. ;-p
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From:mzwyndi
Date:June 26th, 2006 07:06 pm (UTC)
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I think leaves. Isn't that the proper tip for a druid? C'mere and shake your moneymaker, and I'll tuck an oak leaf in your cords...
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From:tosk
Date:June 26th, 2006 07:17 pm (UTC)
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I think you might be referring to what is commonly called "Tau Robe" which has the appearance of a sort of gothic letter 'T' with the belled wrists. I have always found those tend to look silly and from what I can tell showed up within the past 100 years as 'Pagan'.

If you go back to the Middle Ages there were hundreds of designs which went from sleeves reaching the ground to tight cuffs... it seems likely that if people wore 'tau robes' it was likely because they were of current fashion.

As a member of the SCA I can tell you that those sleeves suck, even when not in ritual ;-)... except in fencing, they're good for tangling an opponents blade ;-)
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From:chronarchy
Date:June 27th, 2006 12:41 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I own one robe, in black, with that tau style. It's amusing, and it's caused many issues since my white robe had that run in with the black mold resulting from a chaos working gone bad.

Oh, for the days gone by of chaos workings that were more than a little crazy. . .
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From:smithing_chick
Date:June 26th, 2006 11:17 pm (UTC)
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Your recollection is correct- Catholic priests do wear their usual blacks under the ceremonial garb.

Which means that Mike's clear to wear his bondage pants underneath, thus saving him the trouble of trying to find shoes to go with white pants.

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From:wishesofastar
Date:June 26th, 2006 10:10 pm (UTC)
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Tom and I stopped in that shop once. We had a great time looking around, but the lady working there kept giving us the fatal stink-eye.
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From:chronarchy
Date:June 27th, 2006 12:43 pm (UTC)
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I caught this just before I drove home, and I started wondering:

Do people commonly stop in to pick up vestments for sexual role-playing?

That would explain a couple getting such fatal stink-eyes :)
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From:smithing_chick
Date:June 26th, 2006 11:20 pm (UTC)
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Alas, you'd be disappointed with me in a wet robe contest- the only robe I've got that still fits is dark green. But then, there's no white in my entire wardrobe to speak of.
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From:chronarchy
Date:June 27th, 2006 12:43 pm (UTC)
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Not even a t-shirt?
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From:tanrinia
Date:June 27th, 2006 07:52 pm (UTC)
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did they have other colors? :)
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From:chronarchy
Date:June 27th, 2006 08:22 pm (UTC)
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They had *lots* of cool things to wear over an alb. Some of which even looked pretty nice even for Pagans, even though it was all Christian stuff.
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From:mayden_dor
Date:June 27th, 2006 08:13 pm (UTC)
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you would totally win
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From:chronarchy
Date:June 27th, 2006 08:20 pm (UTC)
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I dunno. I would pay extremely good money to see you in a wet druid robe. . .

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