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Neo-Paganism
Mythology and sex cults

The temple at Hatra in Iraq, destroyed last year, featured a carved figure with an acanthus-leaf beard, a possible prototype of the Green Man. On corbels and ceiling bosses and misericords closer to home, the Green Man appears as either a human torment…

Neo-Paganism
10 Slavic Spirits And Monsters You've Probably Never Heard Of

Existing alongside Egyptian and Greek paganism, pre-Christian Slavic deities remain among the most mysterious ancient beliefs in history. Passed down for generations before the first written documentation, these creatures of folklore evolved completely…

World Religions
Reel Rodnovery: The Indo-European Pagans Of Pakistan

The mysterious Kalash people practice an ancient form of Indo-European paganism in an unbroken tradition having survived against all odds in a remote mountain region of northern Pakistan. The isolated Chitral Valley is home to Dardic people who speak a…

Abuse
Addressing issues of sexual abuse in Pagan communities

In recent years, allegations of sexual misconduct in Pagan and polytheist communities have become increasingly visible. The arrest and conviction of Kenny Klein resulted in a range of public allegations of abuse levied against the musician, along with …

World Religions
A look at Paganism in South Africa

Encompassing over 470,000 square miles and boasting close to 1,750 miles of coastline on two oceans, South Africa is the 25th largest nation by area, also 24th largest by population. The expression “Pagan” was unknown there before 1994, at which time t…

History
History of The Wicker Man

The wicker man is purported to be among the ways in which the ancient druids made human sacrifices. According to a range of classical writers, the druids partook in human sacrifice, although these writers usually didn't define how these sacrif…

World Religions
Druids: the surprisingly modern origins of myths

The new TV series Britannia, that has won plaudits as heralding a new generation of

Mythology
Valheim Hof in Denmark, Dedicated to Odin and the Gods

A new temple dedicated to the Norse god Odin and other gods has opened in Denmark.

Is it the first Odin’s temple since the Christianization of Scandinavia, which took place between the 8th and the 12th centuries. The year 1188 AD marks the trium…

Neo-Paganism
Mark Heathen Or Asatru As Your Preferred Religion While In Th...

Asatru and Heathen have their place in the religious preference list of the US Army. It was a result of a five year campaign directed by the Open Halls Project. The Army has become the second br…

Mythology
How Did Vikings Worship Their Gods?

The Pagan Vikings had a number of gods and goddesses they worshipped. However, unlike other ancient civilizations the Vikings had neither an organized priesthood nor hierarchy of religious leaders. Temples or other religious buildings were also never u…

Ancestral Worship
Brigid: Warrior Saint and Historic Rebel

As Christianity spread across Europe, the Gods of native faiths were disregarded by the Church or absorbed into folklore. Some were demoted to demons in the new Christian lore. Others were changed into heroes of a mythical past where they conti…

Christianity
Was the resurrection story of Jesus borrowed from pagan mytho...

Despite having popular appeal on the Internet, the idea that the resurrection story of Jesus was borrowed from pagan mythology has been abandoned by the vast majority of critical scholars today.1 In fact, one noted resurrection expert named Gary Haberm…

Esoteric & Occult
Hutton and the Writing of Witchcraft History

No - this article is not about UFOs or Fox Mulder! It is instead about the recent article written by Ronald Hutton in the latest issue of “The Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies.” That article is entitled “Writing the History of Wi…

Esoteric & Occult
Questions About the del Bosco Sacro of Benevento Strega Family

Recently there has been some questions posed by individuals both outside and inside the Strega tradition about the new family that has arrived to the U.S. from Italy, which calls itself the del Bosco Sacro of the Benevento. Since I personally know the …

Wicca
How the Power of Witchcraft Gripped 70s Britain

In modern society, we’re totally past burning people at the stake, or dunking women in the town lake because our crops died. The tendrils of witchcraft have found their way into contemporary fashion, zine culture and sharp-tongued 90s rom-coms. Not tha…

Lifestyle and Behaviour
Taste the Void: Pagans vs the 12-Step Movement

Separation of church in state is good in theory, but often doesn’t manifest as such in the real world. The 12-Step model of recovery that is often mandated by the courts claims to allow everyone to chose their own conception of a higher power, yet at t…

World Religions
Basic Beliefs of Asatru

The following are some things that help explain who Asatru are as people, and what they believe in.

The Nine Noble Virtues (Courage, Truth, Honor, Loyalty, Self-Discipline, Hospitality, Industriousness, Self Reliance, and Steadfastness). We beli…

Esoteric & Occult
Witches, Druids and King Arthur by Ronald Hutton

In the first few pages of this book, we learn that the "traditional" Scots kilt was invented by an Englishman in the 1730s, the first "ancient" clan tartans by two English brothers in 1822, and that the Welsh female national costume was invented by an …

Witchcraft
Reform Among the (People who Study) Pagans

For some time now, a debate has been rolling about the status of “pagan studies” as a field of academic research. It’s not that there’s been any doubt about the importance of studying contemporary paganisms; on the contrary, academic as well as mainstr…

Fetishism and Totemism
Ancient Lore and Magic of Crows and Ravens

Although crows and ravens are part of the same family (Corvus), they’re not exactly the same bird. Typically, ravens are quite a bit bigger than crows, and they tend to be a bit shaggier looking. The raven actually has more in common with hawks and oth…

Neo-Paganism
Beyond the Broomstick. Thoughts on the Philosophy of Wicca

Many people still think Witchcraft doesn’t go much beyond old hags flying on broomsticks. Maybe such a view suffices when reading fairy tales to children, but in daily life it most certainly does not. Witchcraft – or Wicca as it is nowadays known – is …

Mythology
Odin the Initiator — A Deeply Personal Perspective

The following is essentially a personal narrative of my spiritual quest leading to my involvement with Odin on a variety of levels and of various aspects. It is therefore highly subjective and perhaps biased in places. A version of this article has bee…

Philosophy
What Neopagans Believe

Thou Art God/dess

Neopagans believe that divinity is both immanent (internal) and transcendent (external), with immanence being far more important for people to pay attention to right now. This principle of immanence is fre…

Celtic Mythology
History Of Druidism

In the Celtic religion, the modern words Druidry or Druidism denote the practices of the ancient druids, the priestly class in ancient Celtic societies through much of Western Europe north of the Alps and in the British Isles. Druidic practices were pa…

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