Pagan & Shinto News: Demolition Plans For ‘Ghibli’ Shinto Shrine Spark International Protests

Pagan & Shinto News: Demolition Plans For ‘Ghibli’ Shinto Shrine Spark International Protests August 5, 2018

Top stories in Paganism and Shinto for July 30th – August 5th:

  • Int’l fans join drive to stop scrapping of western Japan shrine featured in Ghibli film
  • Itsukushima shrine calls off festival for first time in a century
  • Gors Fawr stone circle in Wales damaged in ritual

Pagan News

Gors Fawr Stone Circle. Public Domain

Gors Fawr stone circle damaged in suspected Pagan ritual
Western Telegraph
Police are appealing for information after a pagan ritual caused damage at a remote Pembrokeshire stone circle…

Australian Pagan Alliance to be dissolved
The Wild Hunt
The Pagan Alliance of South Australia recently ceased to operate as an incorporated association, citing a significant drop in membership and financial difficulties as reasons for the decision…

Richard Reidy’s “Everlasting Egypt” published posthumously
The Wild Hunt
Richard Reidy’s book, Everlasting Egypt; Kemetic Rituals for the Gods was published posthumously on July 20…

Pagan festival conjures up magic and mystery
Victoria  News
Vancouver Island Pagan Pride will hold its 14th annual festival at the Sooke Region Museum on Aug. 11…

A Halifax ‘school of witchcraft’ guides people on their spiritual paths
A magic shop in Halifax has created a school that teaches how to cast spells and make potions, part of an effort to guide people on spiritual paths like paganism and Wicca…

The ancient Scottish traditions of Lammas Day
The Scotsman
Lammas Day on August 1 signalled the start of harvest season with many traditions and superstitions observed on this once important day in Scotland…

VICE Feature on Mumbai Wiccan Shop
“To honour Harry Potter’s 38th birthday, we visited the Wiccan Shop in Mahim, Mumbai to dig deeper into what these real-life witches were up to…”

Shinto News

Tanuki statue at Kincho Shrine. By Reggaeman [CC BY-SA 3.0 ( or GFDL (], from Wikimedia Commons
Int’l fans join drive to stop scrapping of western Japan shrine featured in Ghibli film
The Mainichi
A Shinto shrine featured in a Studio Ghibli animation is facing demolition due to a park construction plan, and a group of local residents trying to keep the divine structure standing have submitted 10,186 signatures of like-minded people including those in other countries to local authorities…

Petition to protest bulldozing of Ghibli-featured shrine gathers over 10,000 signatures worldwide
The people have made it clear that they want the shrine to stay, but will that be enough to save it?…

Itsukushima shrine calls off festival for first time in a century
The Asahi Shimbun
For the first time in 106 years, Itsukushima shrine, a World Cultural Heritage site, has called off its renowned boat ritual due to approaching Typhoon No. 12…

teamlab to Launch Light Festival in Japan’s Shimogamo Shrine
teamLab continues to push the boundaries of its immersive light installations. Following the Japanese collective’s “Summer Forest” exhibition in Kyushu is a brand new experiential work at a World Heritage site in Japan…

Why Westerners fear robots and the Japanese do not
Followers of Shinto, unlike Judeo-Christian monotheists and the Greeks before them, do not believe that humans are particularly “special”…

Similarities: Buryat Shamanism and Shinto
Green Shinto
If one can presume that ancient Japanese had close links with Korean shamanism, and that Korean shamanism derived from that of Siberia through southern migration, then it would be surprising if there were not close affinities between Shinto and Mongolian shamanism…

Dozens gather from around Japan for waterfall shrine ritual
Dozens of men took a portable shrine for a dip in a waterfall in an ancient rite in Akita Prefecture, northern Japan…

Views from Tokyo: What does religion mean to you in your everyday life?
Japan Times
Tokyo residents express what religion means to them

Other News

Ancient ‘gate of hell’ in Turkey to open to visitors in September
Hurriyet Daily News
An ancient Roman “gate to hell,” which was believed to be a passage into the underworld in southwestern Turkey, will open to visitors in September…

Witches weekend at Lancaster Castle
Lancaster Guardian
Commemorating the 406th anniversary of the arrest, trial and execution of the Lancashire Witches in 1612, the weekend includes a range of events…

Study: Great Pyramid Can Focus Electromagnetic Energy
Laboratory Equipment
The Great Pyramid of Giza has posed riddles to civilization for millennia, from the mysteries of its construction, to potential secret chambers, to its significance to the Old Kingdom of ancient Egypt. The massive structure also can focus electromagnetic energy through its chambers…

New Stonehenge Mystery: Who Were These 10 ‘Outsiders’ Buried at the Site?
Stonehenge’s famous pillars came from a place far, far away. That much was known. But now, archaeologists have found another well-traveled feature at the monument: 10 ancient people buried there who definitely weren’t locals…

Mount Olympus in mythology: Gods who lived there and why it’s important
The Mirror
Mount Olympus is a real place that thousands of people travel to climb to the top of each year, but it’s also legendary holding a unique place in Greek mythology…

How the tiny Greek island of Milos is fighting to get back it’s masterpiece, the Venus de Milo
The souvenir stores are filled with replicas of the Venus de Milo, the ancient Greek statue that is the island’s most celebrated export. But visitors aren’t able to see the real thing – the statue is one of the main attractions at the Louvre museum in Paris…

Woman beaten up on suspicion of witchcraft, three arrested
The Indian Express
Police arrested three people Sunday after a woman was assaulted in Alipurduar district allegedly by some villagers on suspicion of practicing “witchcraft”…

Masaiti Man Killed Over Witchcraft Allegations
Zambia Reports
A 59 year old man of Masaiti District on the Copperbelt has been killed by an angry mob on suspicion that he killed his own daughter through alleged witchcraft practices…

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