Pagan & Shinto News: Druid stabbed over drumming, plus: Offerings to Hawaiian goddess, Noh saved by CGI

Pagan & Shinto News: Druid stabbed over drumming, plus: Offerings to Hawaiian goddess, Noh saved by CGI May 13, 2018

The top stories in Paganism and Shinto for May 7th – 13th:

  • Druid stabbed by neighbours for beating drums and chanting at full moon ritual
  • Centuries-old Shinto Kurokawa Noh tradition saved in 3-D CGI animation
  • Hawaii residents leave offerings for volcano goddess Pele as lava destroys homes

Left: Bongo drummer, Pixabay. Centre: Noh mask. By Daderot [CC0], from Wikimedia Commons Right: Offering to the goddess Pele in Hawaii. By Shiny Things (Hear my prayerUploaded by Rémih) [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Read these and more stories below…

Pagan News

The Telegraph: Druid stabbed by neighbour angry at his noisy pagan rituals
Mark and Anne Denyer attacked John Bennett as he conducted his latest back garden ceremony, which involved chanting and rhythmic beating of drums – something he did every full moon…

The Wild Hunt: Pagans working in interfaith ecology group in Marin County
Pagans have participated in, and provided leadership for, Marin Interfaith Climate Action since it began in March, 2017…

NBC: Why witchcraft is making a comeback among US feminists
A growing number of young people — mainly women — are being drawn to a new brand of witchcraft…

The New Republic: Do You Know Where Your Healing Crystals Come From?
These spiritual stones purportedly help people connect with the Earth, but few sellers will say where on Earth their products are from…

PinkNews: Meet the lesbian witches who are about to become your new TV obsession
A Discovery of Witches, which is coming to Sky 1 later this year, will feature Sarah Bishop, a powerful lesbian witch played by Doctor Who and Arrow star Alex Kingston…

The Mary Sue: The Cultural Reinvention of Persephone: From Maiden to The Dreaded One
One of the female deities that have taken multiple forms in the past few years is Persephone, with the most common change being her relationship with husband/uncle, Hades…

Shinto News

The Asahi Shimbun: Centuries-old Kurokawa Noh tradition saved in 3-D CGI animation
The Kurokawa Noh theater has been performed by shrine parishioners and others for more than 500 years as a Shinto ritual…

The Asahi Shimbun: Exhibit honoring Kasuga Taisha shrine now on show in Nara
A special exhibition celebrating the 1,250th anniversary of the founding of Kasuga Taisha shrine is being held at the Nara National Museum…

Green Shinto: Busha Shinji (Pre-Aoi archery)
One of the pre-events for the Aoi Festival main procession (May 15) is the Busha Shinji on May 5, an auspicious date for purification by arrows…

Other News

CNN: Hawaii residents leave offerings for volcano goddess Pele as lava destroys homes
As molten lava continues its relentless, unstoppable flow down the Kilauea volcano, many on Hawaii’s Big Island are looking to the ancient volcano goddess Pele for protection…

The Wild Hunt: Trump’s new faith-based and community initiative renews concerns
The basic concept is to remove barriers that prevent full governmental support for faith-based and community organizations that uniquely provide for the needs of people at the local and personal level…

Washington Post: Doreen Simmons, British-born authority on sumo wrestling, dies at 85
Doreen Simmons, a British-born teacher of Latin and Greek who settled in Japan in the 1970s and became a renowned authority on sumo wrestling and an English-language commentator on Japanese television, died April 23 in Tokyo…

Polygon: Student game designed to be played in time with the lunar cycle
Ritual of the Moon contemplates time, rejection and mental health…

The National: The truth about the UK’s last ‘witch’ Helen Duncan
n 1944, Hellish Nell, as she became known, was indeed the last woman to be sent to prison for a breach of the Witchcraft Act of 1735, but she was no witch because that Act was brought in to stop people pretending to be witches and mediums…

Jumbo News: DNA analysis confirm family burials were part of Colchester Roman life
Bones from a Roman cemetery in Colchester have for the first time had their DNA analysed to confirm family burial sites in the town were from the fourth century…

National Post: They’re having funerals for robodogs now. Why not?
Seeing or touching the spiritual or immaterial part of a robot is no more difficult than seeing or touching the spiritual part of a human being…

Salon: The pivotal place of the ancient Greeks in the history of drunkenness
For all the fuss the Ancient Greeks made about being Greek, it’s notable that their god of wine was a foreigner…

Daily Mail: Mother found dead with pentagrams carved into her hands following ‘satanic ritual’ after being kidnapped in Honduras
Gloria Liceth Izaguirre Torres, 42, had been kidnapped near her home in the city of Comayaguela after leaving her house to go shopping. Later the same day, her body was found lying on a pentagram, draped in a black tunic in an abandoned house in the small village of Corralitos…

Friendly Atheist: Satanists Adopt Beach in Santa Cruz
The Satanic Temple of Santa Cruz (in California) has adopted a local beach courtesy of the “Save Our Shores” program…

IFL Science: X-Rays Reveal 180 Artifacts Hidden Inside 700-Year-Old Japanese Buddha
The statuette, usually found at the Hokkeji temple in the ancient Japanese capital of Nara, is just 73 centimeters (30 inches) tall, and yet at least 180 items, including scrolls, have been found inside…

Malawi24: Mob attempts to kill man over witchcraft
Police in Karonga district on Tuesday rescued a man when a mob wanted to kill him on witchcraft suspicion…

Odisha Sun Times: Elderly couple forced to eat faeces on suspicion of witchcraft in Odisha
an elderly couple was brutally thrashed and forced to eat human faeces by a group of people, who accused them of practising witchcraft, police said today…

Paste: 10 Games To Play If You Love Norse Mythology

With the recent release of God of War, Norse mythology is front and center once again, bringing to mind some of the other wonderful games to play if you’re interested in the aesthetic and folklore…

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