Pagan & Shinto News: Sweden Considers Banning Hate Groups from Using Norse Symbols

Pagan & Shinto News: Sweden Considers Banning Hate Groups from Using Norse Symbols May 26, 2019

Top stories in Paganism and Shinto this week:

  • Sweden considers banning hate groups from using Norse symbols
  • Head of ancient Roman goddess statue found near Colosseum
  • Minutes found for 1980s meetings about Japan ministers’ visits to Yasukuni Shrine

Read more below…

Left: Runes, Pixabay. Centre: Roman statue [illustrative purposes only], Pixabay. Right: Yasukuni Shrine, Kakidai [CC BY-SA 4.0]

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Shinto News

Minutes found for 1980s meetings about Japan ministers’ contentious visits to Yasukuni Shrine
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Other News

Head of ancient Roman goddess statue found near Colosseum
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Archaeologists have discovered a remarkably well-preserved head from an ancient Roman statue near the Colosseum, Rome’s city council said on Friday…

Army denies soldier’s request to grow beard in observance of Flying Spaghetti Monster religion
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In April 2018, a heathen soldier applied for an exemption under the updated policy and was approved for a beard waiver in accordance with his faith…

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