Reblogging Amber Drake’s most excellent post on the myths surrounding Loki and His worship.
It has recently come to my attention that a few Lokeans are spreading complete and utter BS about what you have to do to become a Real Lokean™.
There was a post about this last year (I think) in the lokeans group on Livejournal.. I thought it was a freak occurrence, but apparently it’s still going on.
The bullshit list:
- You have to Oath to Loki for life, ASAP
- You have to marry Loki and become a god-spouse, ASAP
- Lokean god-spouses are special/better/more worthy than any other kind of devotee
- If Loki really loved you, He would marry you
- Lokeans are specifically targeted for spirit attacks
You do not voluntarily Oath to a god before you have spent some years getting to know the god, and the religion in general.
Oathing is serious business, and the gods do not look kindly upon oath-breakers.
You do not have to marry Loki to follow Him. God-spouses (and god-slaves/-servants) are rare. It looks like there are more than there actually are, because some of the new ones write about it on the internet.
Also it’s the deity who asks the mortal to marry them, and even then you don’t have to, and even if you do choose to marry, you can have an option for a divorce in your marriage oath.
Don’t let anyone tell you what kind of relationship you have to have with Loki. It’s between you and Him. And He is perfectly capable of letting you know what kind of relationship He should want Himself.
God-spouses are not in any way better or more worthy than other devotees.
It’s not exactly something to yearn for, either, since the gods demands much more of their mortal spouses when it comes to Work. And studying and training to be able to do the Work.
I firmly believe that the gods love all their devotees.
Spirit attacks are rare. From what I know, violent “Poltergeist” type attacks areextremely rare.
There is no reason to go around being scared and worrying about being attacked.
The only thing you should do to follow Loki,
is to love Him, honour and respect Him.
-another new Lokean
Some blog posts for further reading:
Discernment for Godspouses
She’s Having A Go At Other Lokeans Again