Will Santa Muerte Spark a New Moral Panic?

Joseph Laycock, scholar and author of "Vampires Today: The Truth about Modern Vampirism," examines media coverage of the killing of two boys and one woman over the span of four years in Mexico, allegedly the work of Santa Muerte cultists. Laycock's Religion Dispatches piece argues that "these murders will likely have lasting consequences for alternative religion in North America," that they are a "Manson moment" that will have potentially harmful reverberations in the years to come."It … [Read more...]

Unleash the Hounds! (Link Roundup)

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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.In wake of the recent record-breaking Mega Millions jackpot, The Baltimore Sun checks in with Ellwood “Bunky” Bartlett, a Wiccan who won over 40 million dollars in the Maryland state lottery back in 2007. Bartlett says that he made mistakes "giving money to help other people … [Read more...]

Follow Winegarner’s Rules When Reporting on Pagan and Minority Religions

Journalist Beth Winegarner has written an excellent how-to piece for Poynter, an institution dedicated to improving journalism, on covering stories that may involve Santeria, Palo, Paganism, or other esoteric religions. While the whole piece is well worth the read, and contains relevant examples, I want to excerpt just the "rules" for the sake of simplicity.Don’t take what police or other sources say at face value. Find & interview real experts. Write carefully, with attention to r … [Read more...]

Unleash the Hounds! (Link Roundup + Crowdfunding Update)

PNC Managing Editor, Cara Schulz with Presidential candidate Gov. Gary Johnson

Welcome to the latest installment of Unleash the Hounds, in which I round up articles and essays of interest to modern Pagans. Before we get started I wanted to give an update on the Pagan journalism crowdfunding experiment I launched on March 21st. The very excellent news is that not only have I reached my fundraising goal of $1850 dollars to send The Wild Hunt to Chicago in November so that I can cover the American Academy of Religion's 2012 Annual Meeting, but I've surpassed that goal by hund … [Read more...]


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