Unleash the Hounds! (Link Roundup)

The Lia Fáil - Hill of Tara, Ireland.

There are lots of articles and essays of interest to modern Pagans out there, sometimes more than I can write about in-depth in any given week. So The Wild Hunt must unleash the hounds in order to round them all up.A new documentary produced in Germany, "The United States of Hoodoo," looks like a must-see for anyone interested in Afro-diasporic religion and traditions. Quote: "[Darius James] immerses himself in the fabric of urban creativity where he encounters artists, musicians, writ … [Read more...]

Two Kinds of Witchcraft? Resisting Cynicism, False Dilemmas, and Moral Panics.

Christopher Howse at Glastonbury.

For several years I've been asking the question of what do we do when the men and women accused of “sorcery” and “witchcraft” are no longer “over there” in Africa or the Middle East, and are instead at our doorsteps. "If this trend isn’t seriously addressed soon, we may find this madness turning its eye towards “safe” occultists and Pagans in places like America, the UK, Australia, Brazil, and Canada." Now, with the UK still reeling over the murder of Kristy Bamu, who died while being tortured … [Read more...]

The First (Official) Hate Crime Against Santeria?

The Miami New Times reports this week that Santero Carlos Valdes is pushing to have a violent stalking case prosecuted as a hate crime, which, if successful, would make it the first official hate crime charge involving anti-Santeria sentiments. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2b3pQdaE5no Santero Carlos Valdes performing a ceremony at his home.Prosecutors contend [Kellyd] Rodriguez has terrorized Valdes's family for four years. It began with anti-Santería rants on the phone, Valdes says, and … [Read more...]

Santeria and “Constitutional Issues”

Back in April I mentioned the case of Roberto Casillas-Corrales, a Santero living in Utah. A local narcotics strike force raided his home looking for illegal drugs. They didn't find any, so instead they arrested him for possessing two human skulls. "Roberto Casillas-Corrales, 53, is facing two counts of third-degree felony desecration of a human body for the two human skulls found on his property, according to a court official. Clearfield police and Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force officers s … [Read more...]


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