Pagan & Shinto News SPECIAL: Appeal for Japan flood relief

Pagan & Shinto News SPECIAL: Appeal for Japan flood relief July 15, 2018

Special notice: As you may be aware, the people of Japan are currently suffering as a result of the recent heavy rains, causing floods and landslides. Around 200 people so far have died and millions have had to evacuate. TimeOut Tokyo has listed ways in which people from all over the world can help and donate. Please take a look and consider making a donation! (Rakuten’s donation service is probably the easiest for most outside Japan…)

Other stories in Shinto & Paganism for July 9th – 15th:

Pagan News

The Wild Hunt: Have scientists found evidence of ancient Pagan moon rituals?
New findings revealed this week suggest that ancient monuments in Britain could have been used for night-time, perhaps moonlit, ceremonies…

Express: Eclipse 2018 spiritual meaning: What does the Blood Moon mean for you?
The July Blood Moon total lunar eclipse will rise in two weeks time and astrologers are touting the full moon’s spiritual significance.

KentLive: Why I’ve grown to love living with a 20ft druid monolith in my back garden
To passers-by Alison Hawes 1930s style chalet bungalow is nothing out of the ordinary on its Sevenoaks street. But go round the side and sticking out of the ground towering above the fence is a druid stone believed to be dating back to ancient times…

Dublin Live: Police raid “witchcraft” magic mushroom lab
One local who spoke to the paper told the same source that the man was growing the drugs for the purposes of “witchcraft”.

The Wild Hunt: Celebrations for the outcast dead
Recently one of Southwark’s hidden gems has become the focus of a small but dedicated following among British Pagans, occultists, and indeed Christians and members of other religious groups…

The Wild Hunt: The Piedmont Pagan Pride collapse
There was a bustling Pagan Pride Day event in the Piedmont region of the Tar Heel state since early this century. It eventually came to be called Piedmont Pagan Pride Day in reference to the name given to the central region of the state…

Cosmos Magazine: The Stonehenge dead tell their stories
Several different analyses reveal the lives of ancient skeletons buried near England’s most famous monument…

Shinto News

SoraNews24: School in Japan removes traditional Tanabata decorations for being incongruent with Christianity
A Japanese Christian college has banned the traditional wishing bamboo…

Robb Report: Peering Inside One of the World’s Great Japanese Mask Collections
Solomon refers to these Shinto shrine, or Kagura, masks as “the missing links” because the date of their creation bridges the time period between the making of the last of the Bugaku masks (around 1185) and the fashioning of the first of the Noh masks in the 14th century…

Living With Kami: This past year, working full time as a priestess
While here in Japan, I began to work full time as a priestess at the Konkokyo Shrine of Yokosuka, and assist with monthly ceremonies as well as private ones, in which there were many…

SoraNews24: Shinto shrines under attack by bears for their honey
On 12 May, the roof of an Inari Shrine in the northern part of Kasai City, Hyogo Prefecture, was found with part of its roof torn off…

Khmer Times: Tanabata Festival 2018: Sharing cultures, forging friendship
As Cambodia honours its decades-long friendship with Japan, Khmers also join in the celebration of the Tanabata Festival…

Other News

TimeOut Tokyo: Flood and rain disaster in West Japan: how to help the relief and recovery efforts
Here are some options if you’re looking to help in the relief and recovery efforts, either by donating your time or money…

The Times: Thai cave rescue: Families bargain with goddess for their sons’ lives
In the depths of his despair, when it seemed as if he might never see his son alive again, Somboon Kaewwongwan made a desperate bargain. Bowing his head in front of the Tham Luang caves, he prayed to the goddess who inhabits them: bring my son back, and I will put him into the monkhood…

BBC News: Crop marks reveal ancient sites in Wales due to heatwave
An unknown Celtic site has been discovered in the shadow of a castle ruin near Tywyn, Gwynedd…

Irish Central: Thanks to heatwave Ireland makes major new ancient discovery
The Irish heatwave has recently led to the discovery of a large circular enclosure near the famous ancient site, Newgrange, in County Meath…

BBC: Homer Odyssey: Oldest extract discovered on clay tablet
Found near the ruined Temple of Zeus in the ancient city of Olympia, the tablet has been dated to Roman times…

CCC News: A community college course on Europe’s witch trials
“I had the good fortune of interviewing the professor who teaches this course, Dr. Dean Bennett, and sought his opinion about the course.”..

NECN: New Design Approved for Vermont Statehouse Goddess Statue of Ceres
Vermont officials have approved a final design for the replacement statue of Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture, which has stood atop the Vermont Statehouse for more than 150 years…

Atlas Obscura: Inside a Victorian Photo Shoot at Stonehenge
Early images of people enjoying and surveying the monument were recently released to the public for the first time…

CNN: Archaeologists unearth a mysterious sarcophagus in Egypt
Egyptian archeologists have unearthed a rare find — an enormous black granite sarcophagus said to be the largest ever found in Alexandria, Egypt…

H-Net: Call for articles: Japanese Buddhism in Europe
A special issue of the Journal of Religion in Japan seeks to investigate and analyze the European understanding, appropriation and transformation of various forms of Japanese Buddhism…

Odisha TV: Family Detained By Villagers For Three Days On Suspicion Of Practicing Witchcraft
Police today rescued a family that was held captive for three days by villagers of Kantabania under Shyamsundarpur panchayat in Balasore district on suspicion of practicing witchcraft…

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