Pagan & Shinto News: Hellenic Polytheists attacked in Greece

Pagan & Shinto News: Hellenic Polytheists attacked in Greece January 11, 2019

Top stories in Paganism and Shinto this week:

  • Hellenic Polytheists attacked in Greece
  • Firefighter wins annual ‘Lucky Man’ footrace at west Japan shrine
  • Pokemon affiliate under fire for Yasukuni Shrine photo

Read more below…

Left: Nishinomiya shrine, where the “Lucky Man” competition happens, 663highland [CC 3.0]. Centre: YSEE’s Spring Equinox 2016 ritual at an ancient temple of Goddess Artemis in Peloponnese, Ethnikos1997 [CC4.0]. Right: Pikachu toy, via Pixabay

Pagan News

Hellenic Polytheists attacked in Greece
The Wild Hunt
On December 29 outside the archaeological site of Eleusis in Greece about 10 miles northwest of Athens, a group of Hellenic polytheists were attacked while performing a ritual for Demeter…

Wassailing Druids bless trees with hopes for a fruitful harvest
Portsmouth.co.uk
Harvests from trees in the centre of Portsmouth should be bountiful for all, thanks to a traditional celebration from a group of druids…

Estimating growing number of US Pagans
The Wild Hunt
For years now, Christianity has had declining membership and influence in the “West.” At the same time, Paganism has been growing. Nietzsche may have made his claim that “God is dead” 100 years too early. The revival of Pagan practices may be one of its consequences…

21st Century Witches: Ylva Mara on Bringing Witchcraft into the Future
Dope Magazine
Ylva Mara began dabbling in witchcraft when she was 13, around the same time she started exploring gender…

Horses of the Dark Time-Mari Lwyd
Patheos Pagan: The Agora
The Welsh Mari Lwyd is traditionally associated with the period from Christmas through New Year, Twelfth Night and Hen Galan (the Welsh Old New Year, based on the Julian calendar date)…

Was witchcraft involved in Hailey Dunn murder?
Big Country Homepage
What do a book on witchcraft and a pentagram-marked rug have to do with the disappearance and murder of Colorado City teen Hailey Dunn? That’s what her father and the private investigator he hired would like to know…

Shinto News

Firefighter wins annual ‘Lucky Man’ footrace at west Japan shrine
The Mainichi
A 22-year-old firefighter won the annual “Lucky Man” footrace held early Thursday at a major Shinto shrine in western Japan…

Pokemon affiliate under fire for Yasukuni Shrine photo
The Korea Herald
Many Korean social media users expressed their anger towards Creatures Inc., a Japanese developer affiliated with “Pokemon” video game franchise, after its employees allegedly revealed photos worshipping at Yasukuni Shrine…

Shinto shrine hall to host Studio Ghibli exhibition
Anime News Network
The newly opened Edo Culture Complex’s (Edocco) two-level Kandamyoujin Hall will be the home of a Studio Ghibli exhibit highlighting the work of producer Toshio Suzuki. Edocco was built to commemorate the 1,300th anniversary of the founding of Kanda Myoujin Shinto shrine…

5 Reasons You Should Go to the New Year’s Ohana Festival 2019
Hawai’i Magazine
You don’t have to fly to Tokyo to sample fresh, gooey mochi or receive a New Year’s blessing from a Shinto priest. You can experience all of that and more at the New Year’s Ohana Festival on Oahu this weekend…

Japanese tourists in Taiwan on the colonial history trail in Taipei, Tainan and Hualien
South China Morning Post
The ruins of the Ogon Shinto shrine are high on the steep slopes above the residence built for Japanese Crown Prince Hirohito…

Highways and Byways: The Shinto past of a Buddhist shrine
Taipei Times
The Bilian Temple in Hualien County’s Shoufeng Township is one of many structures throughout the nation that uses Chinese iconography to paper over Japan’s presence in Taiwan…

Descent from the kami
Mimusubi
The Tennō, the Emperor of Japan, claims descent from the kami of the sun, Amaterasu Ōmikami. The current Tennō does not put any emphasis on that claim, but the Shinto establishment does regard it as important…

Other News

Aries, Jeremy Deller and David Sims explore pagan mysticism in new The Store X show
The Vinyl Factory
Centred around Stonehenge and shot at various Neolithic sites around the UK, Wiltshire B4 Christ explores notions of mysticism, pagan symbolism and British identity, manifested as large scale lighboxes, neon sculptures, painted murals and a new film by Jeremy Deller…

Only male horses were buried with Icelandic Vikings
Iceland Monitor
A new archeological study in Iceland has revealed that only male horses were buried with Vikings in pagan graves and no mares…

Rare Stonehenge-Like Monument in Scotland Has Single ‘Recumbent’ Stone
LiveScience
An ancient circle of standing stones was recently “discovered” by archaeologists in Scotland. But it turns out, local farmers have known about it for generations…

Roman statuette discovered in resident’s garden is one of Worthing Museum’s ‘best finds’
Worthing Herald
A small Roman-era statuette of the goddess Venus, which was discovered in the garden of a Salvington resident, has been hailed one of Worthing Museum’s ‘best finds’…

What taboo? This Indian temple celebrates its menstruating goddess
Conde Nast Traveller
At the Maa Kamakhya temple in Guwahati, an annual festival is held to honour the Goddess of Desire’s periods…

Heathen Sailors, LGBT Shintōists, And Sexy Biceps
Patheos Pagan: The Zen Pagan
Welcome to the first Random Wednesday of 2019, a randomly appearing feature of short bits here on The Zen Pagan…

India: Woman beaten to death on suspicion of witchcraft
Daily Pioneer
A 60-year-old woman was beaten to death on the suspicion of practising witchcraft at a village in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district on Sunday, police said…

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