This summer, a bunch of New York preteens had a memorable summer in Prospect Park, acting out the roles of half-blood children whose parents include one human and one Greek god. Camp Half-Blood, based on the popular youth novel “Percy Jackson and the Olympians,” gave the kids a chance to pretend they were challenging monsters to fulfill a quest that would save Brooklyn.
But in the midst of battle, an alien showed up. A shy boy wasn’t up for battering the beast. Another boy encouraged him to get back in there – and suddenly, the shy boy found himself pounding the monster with such fury that he had to be reminded there was a person inside the costume..
So was the Greek god of war animating children’s behavior in Prospect Park during summer book camp?
I don’t know. Do ancient gods “possess” us here, now? Is Ares still worshipped?
Where I live, new immigrants worship a great many gods. A friend who is not Hindu went to yoga practice at a traditional yoga center, where the walls are decorated with icons of gods from many faiths. As she completed a particularly difficult pose, she says she heard (the way you “hear” in your mind): “Ganesh gave you strength.”
Was Ganesh [a Hindu god with the head of an elephant] actually talking to her? I don’t know. He is worshipped in that room.
God made Christians for: loving and serving one God only.
How do you deal with living in a world where so many gods are worshipped?
Copyright (c) 2010 Carlene Byron
- The Subtle Body: Should Christians Practice Yoga: Al Mohler — There’s been a virtual firestorm of response to this September 20 article and the follow up.
- The World of ‘Percy Jackson’ Lives on in ‘The Lost Hero’ (artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com)Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (cinemablend.com)
- You: At Camp, Make-Believe Worlds Spring Off the Page (nytimes.com)