What Will the Pope Say to Vodun Leaders?

This Friday the head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI, will be heading to Benin for a three-day visit where he is expected to unveil an "important document" relating to the Catholic Church's role in Africa. What makes this visit distinctive is that Benin is thought to be the birthplace of Vodun (aka Vodou/Voodoo), and it is the third largest religion in that country (after Christianity and Islam). Indeed, the pontiff's visit will feature a "a speech to non-Christian leaders" which … [Read more...]

Quick Notes: Stonehenge, San Francisco Peaks, and Vodun

A few quick news notes to start off your Wednesday.Problems With Summer Solstice at Stonehenge: Guardian art critic Jonathan Jones lashes out at Pagans and other revelers who congregate each year at Stonehenge, noting the lack of (ancient) historical grounding and implying that it is only permitted now to avoid "public violence." "Eighteen thousand pagans, druids and – for all I know – modern Aztecsgathered at Stonehenge to celebrate the summer solstice. There were some drugs arrests, but j … [Read more...]


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