Pagan & Shinto News: Russian Orthodox Church Condemns Paganism, plus: Tsukiji Shrine Holds Market Send-Off, Corbyn Pledges Elgin Marbles Return

Pagan & Shinto News: Russian Orthodox Church Condemns Paganism, plus: Tsukiji Shrine Holds Market Send-Off, Corbyn Pledges Elgin Marbles Return June 10, 2018

Top stories in Paganism and Shinto for June 3rd – 10th:

  • Russian Orthodox Church Condemns Pagan Popularity In Military
  • Tsukiji Shrine Holds Send-Off For Market
  • Leader of Britain’s opposition vows to return Elgin Marbles to Greece if he becomes prime minister

Left: Namiyokeinari-jinja in Tsukiji, I, KENPEI [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC BY-SA 2.5 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons. Centre: Rodnover (Slavic Pagan) in Russia, source: http://vk.com/id11445263?z=albums11445263. Right: Srviving figures from the East Pediment of the Parthenon, exhibited as part of the Elgin Marbles in the British Museum, Andrew Dunn, 3 December 2005.
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Pagan News

Newsweek: Russian Orthodox Church Condemns Pagan Popularity In Military
“The church’s inaction often turns the promotion of a healthy lifestyle into a revival of pagan cults, including a pagan attitude toward the human body,” says top Orthodox leader…

Under The Ancient Oaks: Eimear Burke will be the new Chosen Chief of OBOD
Philip Carr-Gomm has announced that he is beginning a two-year transition to step aside as Chosen Chief of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, the largest Druid order in the world…

The Sun Ireland: Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone praised by top white witch for her interest in the Wicca tradition and studying witchcraft
Katherine Zappone, an Independent TD, has studied witchcraft and its power to raise the “psychic energy” of participants and create a more “sustainable and peaceful planet”…

The Star Edmonton: Stepping up for Edmonton Pride, Wiccans say they’ve long been the most LGBTQ-friendly religion
For the first time, Wiccans will be marching in the Edmonton Pride Parade on June 9…

Daily Echo: Pagan Pride festival to take place in Southampton
Around 600 people are expected to attend the Pagan Pride South day which will feature a parade through town, belly dancing and an Anglo Saxon historical reconstruction…

The Wild Hunt: Obituary – Valerie L. Walker (Veedub) 1938-2018
Veedub was a longtime member of the Feri community, a Witch, an author, artist, singer, priestess, and beloved teacher…

The Wild Hunt: Public Pagan gives benediction at Catholic university
Shelly “Raven” Mohnkern, an eclectic pantheist, gave the benediction at the graduation ceremony of Loyola University this year…

The Wild Hunt: SCOTUS ruled in Masterpiece Cakeshop case: Pagans react
As was reported Monday, justices of the Supreme Court of the United States ruled this week in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. et al. v Colorado Civil Rights Commission, et al., in which a baker asserted he had the right to refuse to bake a same-sex wedding cake due to his religious beliefs…

Shinto News

Asahi Shimbun: Tsukiji Shrine Holds Send-Off For Market
A shrine within Tokyo’s famed Tsukiji fish market held a send-off party June 8 that revived an aspect of an annual festival not seen in nearly a century…

Kyodo News: Farm for indigenous Japanese horses opened near sacred Shinto site
A farm raising only indigenous Japanese horses has been opened near a shrine known as a “horses’ sacred site” in western Japan, with the owner aiming to boost breeding to preserve such species…

Spokesman: MAC exhibit highlights sculptures of Shinto eco-artist Sayaka Ganz
The Japan-born, U.S.-based artist credits her “Shinto animist belief” that all things in the world have spirits for her choice to use found objects in her sculptures of animals in motion…

Khon2: Blessings given to pets at Shinto shrine in Hawaii
It was part of the annual Chinowa blessing at the Shinto shrine Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha-Dazaifu Tenmangu…

PowderLife: Niseko priest’s ski safety prayer stickers
Niseko Town’s cool new Shinto priest Akihiko Tamaki has created a good luck charm sticker specifically designed for Niseko’s skiers and snowboarders…

Princeton.edu: Princeton Professor of Japanese Religion recognised for outstanding teaching
Jacqueline Stone, a Princeton faculty member since 1990, teaches courses in Buddhism and Japanese religions…

Green Shinto: Myth and Near Myth
Last Monday David Lurie of Columbia University gave a talk in Kyoto about ‘Dead Goddesses and Living Narratives’…

Other News

The Independent: Corbyn vows to return Elgin Marbles to Greece if he becomes prime minister
The leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party has pledged to return the Parthenon Marbles to Greece if he is elected prime minister in the next general election slated for 2022…

Gazette Standard: Witch trial memorial planned for Colchester
An artist will be working with Firstsite to create an artistic memorial to commemorate victims of witch hunting…

Archaeology: Intact Tomb Dating to Fourth Century B.C. Found in Rome
An intact chamber tomb containing the remains of three men and one woman was discovered dug into the volcanic rock in a suburb of Rome during the construction of an aqueduct…

Den of Geek: The Occult Influences of Sympathy for the Devil
Every cop is a criminal, and all us sinners? Saints, as The Rolling Stones broke the wheel that caged them…

US News: Egypt Repatriates Stolen Ancient Artifacts From France
Egypt says it has repatriated nine illegally smuggled artifacts, including statuary and coffins, from France…

Yomiuri Shimbun: Maintain balance between preserving cultural assets, using them for tourism
After it was designated in 2015, local communities and travel agencies cooperated to conduct sightseeing tours around temples and shrines. Thanks to such efforts, the number of holidaymakers to the areas soared. This is one of the successful tourism promotion campaigns…

Mail Online: Vatican holds exorcism training course after the Pope says possessions are on the rise due to ‘easy access to Satanism online’
The clergymen were told the number of possessions was bought on by a decline in the Christian faith and easier access to Satanism and black magic through the internet…

Himalayan Times: 3 brothers arrested for beating woman in accusation of practising witchcraft
Ramesh Kumar Mehata, Ranjit Mehata and Amarlal Mehata, residents of Gadhi Rural Municipality-4, were arrested for beating a woman who was allegedly performing an exorcism ritual at a local temple in order to treat another woman…

FirstPost, India: Witch-hunts on the rise in Jharkhand: Govt gears up awareness campaign; land grab behind most cases
Lohar Singh Munda, 50, and his wife were killed and their bodies buried in a forest in Jharkhand’s Namkom, about 35 kilometres away from the state capital Ranchi, last month. They were accused of witchcraft and lynched by villagers after a three-year-old boy from the village fell ill…

Daily Post, Nigeria: Father locks children in darkroom for days in Cross River over witchcraft
A father of three locked up his children in a dark room in his house for days, feeding them with cassava flakes…

MailOnline: Vintage olive oil: Stunning 4,000-year-old jar containing traces of the ‘liquid gold’ suggests the ingredient was used 700 years earlier than thought
Traces of Italy’s oldest olive oil have been found in an ancient ceramic jar…

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