Tomorrow, hundreds of enthusiasts will converge in Hell. Hell, Michigan the Michigan Hellfest http://www.hellfest.info/in. And Pagans will be there, in droves. As you know, most of the Pagan diaspora does not believe in the Abrahamic version of Hell, but, they do believe in having a good time. Like every other segment of society, pagans have a part of the culture that just really enjoys Death Chic. From Lady Hel, to The Baron, there is room on the spectrum for everyone. Even children enjoy ghost stories over a fire.
Like several groups around the world, Michigan has a dedicated group here that goes way into the mystique of Death dedication and celebration. One of the big scores in this regard is to buy a hearse and trick it out. Hearse clubs are everywhere.
Did not know there were hearse clubs? There is The Mortis City Hearse Club http://mortiscity.com/index.php here in the "D". If you own a hearse, they are the folks to speak with about these events.
This year, Hellfest is hosted by the Just Hearsi'n Around club http://www.justhearsenaround.com , a group formerly known as "Hearses in Hell" and the "Last Ryde's Reunion". The festival boasts that it will break the Guinness World Record for the Longest Parade of Hearses in the world. They did it before in 2011. Hearses from all over Michigan, and that includes Metro Detroit, and the Mid West will gather, rally, and ride, in a procession that might just make the Baron take notice.
A special attraction is the 1938 Cadillac-LaSalle Sayer & Scovill "Damascus" Carved Sided Gothic Hearse, shown by Mr. Guy Durham from St. Louis, MO. This is truly a sight. Beautiful detail and a skilled craftsman's pride is shown in every curve. You don't see things like this attention to detail very often anymore. It makes a great backdrop for the Zombie Dance Party that is scheduled for that evening.
Want something to do while you are there to feed your....soul? Well there is awesome entertainment provided by Creepy Clyde and DJ Surfer Joe. While there, you can also check out the Pinckney State Recreation area. This park offers the perfect place to view that beautiful Mabon http://www.thewayofthewitch.com/the-history-of-mabon.html Moon. Mabon is one of the three Death Festivals, after all. This is particularly well time in that regard.
A well known Master Magickian and Priest in the Tri State area, who often comes to Metro Detroit, is Andrieh Vitimus http://deeper-down-the-rabbit-hole.com/, and through his blog you may also get some insight into the world of Death and Magick. This could be the start of a whole new way to celebrate the Turn of the Wheel for you spiritually as well as socially if you integrate all manners of you life to the celebration of this subject.
Why not listen to this bluesy classic as you ride along, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHAIgpih86E.
To read a lovely poem and explanation about Lady Hel and how she is associated with Death, go to http://www.northernpaganism.org/shrines/hela/poetry/hail-to-lady-hel.html.
Need to know more about the Baron? Then visit http://www.voodoomagicandreligion.com/baron-samedi.html. You may be surprised about how often His colors are integrated into the funeral industries offices.
So from me and mine,
See you in Hell!