It was announced to the public on May 14, 2013 that Daniel LaPlante is suing a prison for not allow him items such as dragon’s blood cake, medians and other such Wiccan items. No, this is not a joke. Daniel LaPlante killed three people over 20 years ago and has been in prison serving time for his crimes. While in prison he converted his faith the neo-pagan Wiccan religion. The real question here is does he even have a case or is he just trying to make something out of nothing.
Daniel LaPlante’s attorneys seem to believe that he has a case but his requests for things like dragon’s blood cake, Thor’s hammer medallion, black opium and other such items seem a little crazy, even to Pagans. Even local Pagans here in Tacoma who have been practicing for over 20 years could not identify what a dragon’s blood cake even is or what he would want with a Thor’s hammer medallion if he is Wiccan. Shadows, long time Pagan, said “I have never heard of a dragon’s blood cake. Dragon’s blood isn’t edible, it’s sap that comes from a type of palm tree, and typically you find it in incense form. As far as his request for a Thor’s hammer, well, it seems that he might be a little confused. A Wiccan would not likely have the desire to have an item like that as it is used in Ausatru. Under the Pagan umbrella of religions the two are complete opposites of each other.”
In examining Wicca and its practices it leaves you a bit confused. For starters, Daniel LaPlante states that the Massachusetts prison prevented him from performing Wiccan rituals. However, any Pagan of any path can tell you that all that you need to perform a ritual is you. You don’t need oils, an alter, medallions or anything else. Of course, most Pagans do like to have some of those things for their rites. Shadows commented on this as well saying “I can even recall times that my coven was short on time and money so we used what we had in place of the ‘cakes and ale’ ending to a ritual. In one instance we had Rice Crispy treats and Kool-aid. Its not about what you have, its about your intent. If your intent is to honor the gods with food and drink then you can use anything or nothing and just thank them for what you have had. I highly doubt that this man is Wiccan at all. His case against the prison is a joke and I hope that the judge or members of the jury are or know Pagans that they can confirm that his requests are insane and ridiculous.”
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