Stonehenge Remains, Maetreum of Cybele, and other Pagan News of Note

King Arthur vs. Archeology: British Druid leader King Arthur Pendragon (no, not that Arthur Pendragon) has failed in his attempt to force reburial of human remains found at Stonehenge, claiming the 5000-year-old cremated remains were of a royal "priest caste," potential founding fathers of Britain."Mr Justice Wyn Williams refused to give King Arthur permission to launch a judicial review action - ruling at a High Court hearing in London that there was insufficient evidence to show that the Ministry of Justice might have acted unreasonably. The judge heard that the cremated remains of more than 40 bodies - thought to be at least 5,000 years old - were removed from a burial site at Sto … [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 judging from reports, English Heritage seem pleased with the numbers. Er, why? And why is this daft festival even allowed? In the 1980s hippies fought the police for their right to revel. So that is why … [Read more...]