Pagan & Shinto News: UK children’s author banned from church school over fears novel promotes witchcraft


Top stories of the week on paganism and Shintoism:

  • UK children’s author banned from church school over fears novel promotes witchcraft
  • Scottish Government urged to consider national memorial for those persecuted under the Witchcraft Act
  • Japan: the emperor ritually plants rice seedlings in the rice field of the imperial palace

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Pagan News

How a Witch Uses Her Grandmother’s Slavic Magic to Help Ukraine’s War Effort
Religious News Service
Madame Pamita’s new book “Baba Yaga’s Book of Witchcraft” came out just after Russia invaded Ukraine – “exactly when it was so needed”, she said…

Canada: the Wic-Can Fest Pagan festival planned for the Severn Bridge
Muskoka Region
Considered the oldest and oldest pagan festival in Canada, Wic-Can Fest has been held around the summer solstice since 1982…

UK: Edinburgh Witchcraft Market returns to the city in June
Edinburgh’s Witchcraft Market returns to the city in June, the market made its debut last year when it held a festival in December featuring local performers and ‘practitioners of magic’…

UK: The life of a Leeds pagan, including a retired vicar and a mother who taught the school about rituals and witchcraft
LeedsLive spoke to a few members of the Leodis Pagan Circle to find out what life is like for those who practice religion in 2022…

UK: This is what a full moon ritual looks like with a Coventry witch coven
We were invited to participate in an age-old ritual that involved chanting, chanting and spells…

UK: Convicted killer used pseudonym to contact women on Pagan site
The Echo of the North
A murderer who killed a sex worker is back behind bars after he started contacting women on a dating site and a pagan website…

United Kingdom: Welsh Occult Conference
The Wild Hunt
Held in the border town of Welshpool at Town Hall, the 2022 conference on May 14 bounced back from last year’s covid cancellation in full force…

Midsummer celebrations across the UK: a brief history and four places to celebrate in 2022
National geographic
Midsummer celebrations have long marked the British landscape with festivities…

Shinto News

The emperor ritually plants rice seedlings in the rice field of the imperial palace
The rice will be harvested in autumn and offered to the deities during Shinto rituals at the palace, including the Niiname-sai harvest festival in November…

Why does Japan’s most famous ocean legend end in this temple in the middle of the mountains?
Urashima Taro spent centuries at the Sea Dragon Palace at the bottom of the ocean, but this temple in Nagano says that’s where the story ends…

Other news

Greece: Secrets of long-lost Temple of Artemis revealed after 100 years of research

Timetables of Greek cities
Archaeologists on the Greek island of Euboea have discovered a temple dedicated to Artemis, the goddess of the hunt and the moon, after a century of searching for the long-lost classical shrine dedicated to the ancient deity…

Egypt: the ruins of an ancient temple of Zeus discovered in the Sinai
Arab News
Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed the ruins of a temple dedicated to the ancient Greek god Zeus in the Sinai Peninsula, antiquities authorities said Monday.

A complete lunar eclipse creates a rare super blood moon
Astronomers were treated to a stunning and unusual sight overnight – a super blood moon…

United Kingdom: Marina Warner on the volcanic power of witches, she-devils and deities
The Guardian
The writer has always resisted worship of the deity, but found her senses heightened at the British Museum’s captivating exhibition of stunning women – one wearing a necklace of severed heads…

UK: Witch marks found carved into 300-year-old Sunderland church to ward off evil

Echo of Sunderland
Workers restoring a 300-year-old church in Sunderland have discovered what are believed to be symbols carved into its woodwork to ward off evil…

United Kingdom: the magic of Stonehenge
Financial Times*
It captivated Henry Moore and is now the subject of a major exhibition. What is it about the circle of stones that we still find so alluring?…

Neolithic Stonehenge builders ‘feasted’ on raw cow tripe
The prehistoric tribes who built Stonehenge likely “feasted” on the raw organs of cattle, scientists believe…

How fear, sex and power shaped ancient mythology
The mythical goddesses who broke the rules of sex and power – and manifested our worst anxieties. Daisy Dunn explores the fierce deities who were both revered and feared…

‘Witch Hunts’ of Yesterday and Today

UK children’s author banned from church school over fears novel promotes witchcraft

Mail online
A children’s author has been banned from reading his new book at a London-based faith school because he didn’t want to be seen “promoting witchcraft”…

UK: Peebles memorial planned for people executed for witchcraft
The first memorial in the Borders to honor those executed under the Witchcraft Act is planned for Peebles….

Indian man kills widow called ‘witch’
the pioneer
Chhattisgarh police on Sunday arrested a man for killing a woman after calling her a “witch” (“tonhi”) on suspicion of “practicing black magic” on his wife in Kabirdham district…

India: 65-year-old Odisha priest beaten to death for “witchcraft”
Hindustan time
A 65-year-old priest from the tribal-dominated district of Malkangiri was beaten to death on Tuesday by his neighbors alleging he was “practicing witchcraft”, police said…

Zambia: 74-year-old man hacked over ‘witchcraft’ allegations

Zambia Daily Mail Limited
A 74-year-old man from Lukata village in Chongwe district was hit in the head for allegedly “practicing witchcraft”…

India: two prisoners, assaulted on suspicion of “witchcraft”
Two people were detained and mercilessly beaten by villagers suspected of “witchcraft” in Ganjam on Saturday…

UK: History of Edinburgh’s brutal witch hunts to be explored in new BBC documentary
Edinburgh live
British TV presenter and historian Lucy Worsley travels to Edinburgh and East Lothian to re-examine some of the greatest chapters in UK history…

UK: Dark story of elderly Hertfordshire couple sentenced to death for witchcraft after begging for milk
Herts Live
The true story of Ruth and John Osborne, who lived in a workhouse in Tring, is horribly sad…

The prejudices that led to the witch hunts still affect women today, says historian
The Guardian
The prejudices that led to the witch hunts hundreds of years ago have not gone away and women are still the victims of men’s wrath, a prominent historian has said…


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