Pagan & Shinto News: Stonehenge Exhibit Explores Parallels to Japanese Stone Circles

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Top stories of the week on paganism and Shintoism:

  • UK: Stonehenge exhibition explores parallels with Japanese stone circles
  • US: Psychic ‘killed by her longtime client who believed she was a witch who had cursed him’
  • US: Ancient Egyptian mummy forgotten in warehouse turns out to be sacred bird often sacrificed to Thoth

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Stone circles from Oyu, Japan. z tanuki, CC BY 3.0

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Pagans honor the Earth on May Day. But for many, nature is not enough.
Religious News Service
On Sunday (May 1), some localities erected a traditional maypole, named a May Queen, and made wreaths. Many modern pagans have also celebrated the height of spring…

May Day fever sweeps the UK as crowds enjoy traditional celebrations
Mail online
Hastings celebrated the traditional start of summer with a touch of green – as part of the Jack of the Green legend festival…

United Kingdom: Druid of Newbury celebrates Beltane on Glastonbury Tor
Newbury today
A Newbury druidess took part in a colorful pagan ceremony to welcome the peak of spring…

UK: Beltain Festival celebrates the start of summer in beautiful surroundings

Hampshire Chronicle
Summer were welcomed in spectacular style on Saturday at Butser Ancient Farm, just south of Petersfield, at their annual Beltain Festival, back after a two-year absence…

UK: Padstow ‘Obby’ Oss festival returns after two years
BBC
A May Day celebration in Cornwall is back after being canceled due to Covid-19 for the past two years…

What happened to the May bonfires in Ireland?
The Irish Times*
Bonfire night is one of those occasions that conjures up different things depending on where you’re from. But in Ireland, it usually means one thing: fires lit on the eve of May, April 30…

Witches rekindle spring fertility rite as they celebrate Walpurgis Night in Germany
The temperature*
Before communing with the devil in orgiastic abandon to celebrate Walpurgis Night, witches in the Harz Mountains of central Germany must obtain a broomstick license, or Hexenbesenführerschein…

Walpurgis Night: the pagan festival of bonfires, witches and Celtic folk music
euro news
Walpurgis Night, also known as “Walpurgisnacht” and “Witches’ Night”, is a pagan holiday celebrated annually on April 30…

Pagan News

United Kingdom: the Council launches crowdfunding to organize an exhibition on witchcraft
Daily Gazette Standard
The Colchester Museums have launched a crowdfunding appeal with the aim of holding an exhibition on magic and witchcraft later this summer…

Russian state media claims to have discovered weaponized Ukrainian witches
Vice
In a recent report from a village near Luhansk, Russian journalists claimed to have discovered remains of occult rituals in a building once used by Ukrainian soldiers…

Iceland. An ancient curse directed at a controversial new age group

Reykjavik vineyard
A bizarre story unfolded in southern Iceland over the weekend involving an ancient medieval curse, a new age community and a family caught in the middle…

United Kingdom: return of the witches’ festival in Coventry
CoventryLive
Channel your inner pagan with spells, runes and decorative wands at this family event…

A Seal for Reproductive Rights
Patheos Pagan (Laura Tempest Zakroff)
The Sigil for Reproductive Rights is designed to help protect reproductive rights wherever they are threatened…

UK: “My life changed and my business took off after a tarot card reading”
shimmer
Jen Cownie and her friend Fiona Lensvelt have been tarot readers since 2016 when they took a course at Treadwell’s Occult Bookstore. They claim tarot can be for everyone…

To all who were called by a god five years ago

Patheos Pagan (John Beckett)
Many people were called by many different gods. I tried to help people understand what that meant, understanding that every call was at least slightly different…

Shinto News

Yabusame horseback archery ritual gallops past Kyoto shrine for first time in 3 years
Mainichi
The “yabusame” horseback archery ritual took place at a shrine in Japan’s former capital on May 3 for the first time in three years…

How Shinto Mythology Impacts the Yomi Trek
GameRant
Stylistic action-adventure game Trek to Yomi is releasing soon, and the inspiration it drew from Japanese Shinto mythology is huge…

This new “computer amulet” promises to protect your computer against viruses
marvelous engineering
Do you believe that your computers are subject to the evil eye? If yes, then you must use a very famous “computer function amulet” designed by a Shinto shrine in Tokyo to protect your hardware from malicious eyes…

We visit a mysterious pagoda near Yomiuri Land, which turns out to be an incredibly sacred place
SoraNews24
Anyone who has ever visited Tokyo Yomiuri Land amusement park may have spotted a white pagoda nearby…

The History and Meaning of Children’s Day in Japan
The conversation
The purpose of Children’s Day is “to honor the character of children, to highlight their well-being and to thank mothers”…

Japan’s path to becoming a leader in Western science: an Asian perspective on science and other forms of knowledge
The conversation
Importantly for New Zealand’s national conversation, charting a course as emerging science leaders, Japan and other Asian countries have grappled with how modern science and traditional knowledge systems interact…

Other news

UK: Stonehenge exhibition explores parallels with Japanese stone circles
The Guardian
Objects never seen outside of Japan will be part of the exhibit on the site’s similarities to Jōmon monuments…

US: Ancient Egyptian mummy forgotten in warehouse turns out to be sacred bird often sacrificed to Thoth
Live Science
The bird could be an Ibis, often sacrificed by the ancient Egyptians to the god Thoth…

Tombs with death certificates in Greek discovered in Egypt
Greek journalist
A total of 85 graves with death certificates written in Greek letters have been discovered in Egypt’s southern province of Sohag, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities said on Wednesday.

Italy: the stolen manuscript of Nostradamus is returned to the library of Rome
The Guardian
An ancient manuscript by French astrologer Michel de Nostredame, better known as Nostradamus, stolen from a library in Rome has been returned to the Italian capital…

Spells, charms, erotic dolls: the magic of love in ancient Greece and Rome
Greek journalist
The practice of magic with spells, charms, erotic dolls was widespread in ancient Greece and Rome. Discouraged and sometimes even punished in antiquity, it nevertheless prospered…

Czechia: The bohemian druid whose bust became the face of Celtic art
Radio Prague International
The head of Mšecké Žehrovice is one of the best-known Celtic works of art not only in the Czech Republic, but in all of Europe…

Why We Turn to Myths to Untangle Old Problems
literary center
Jennifer Saint on feminist retellings of ancient histories…

UK: “Our 5,000-year-old yew should be revered, not ignored”
BBC
Trees thought to predate the pyramids risk being lost forever unless given special legal protections, campaigners have said…

‘Witch Hunts’ of Yesterday and Today

US: Murder victim was a psychic ‘killed by her longtime client who believed she was a witch who had cursed him’
Mail online
Man accused of fatally shooting mother of NYPD cop in Queens allegedly told police she was his longtime psychic and he killed her because he held her responsible of his recent streak of bad luck, a law enforcement source said…

UK: Woman ‘stigmatized as a witch by religious leader and accused of giving her mother cancer’ recounts her ordeal
Sky News
A woman who says she was branded a ‘witch’ as ​​a child and accused of giving her mother cancer fears the religious leader behind those allegations is still active in the UK today…

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