Pagan & Shinto News: Newlyweds Robbed After Their Hill of Tara Solstice Wedding

Pagan & Shinto News: Newlyweds Robbed After Their Hill of Tara Solstice Wedding June 30, 2019

Top stories in Paganism and Shinto this week:

  • Newlyweds robbed a day after their Hill of Tara summer solstice wedding
  • Maine Pagan group accused of embezzlement
  • Climate change threatens Acropolis and other ancient Greek monuments

Read more below…

Left: Flag of Maine, public domain. Centre: Stone of Destiny on Hill of Tara, August Schwerdfeger [CC BY 4.0]. Right: Acropolis, Pixabay

Pagan News

American newlyweds robbed a day after their Hill of Tara summer solstice wedding
Irish Central
Jeff Olsen and Anna Lisa Van Bloem are offering a reward for the return of their wedding photos and video…

Suspected embezzlement reported by Maine Pagans
The Wild Hunt
Last week, two groups, the Maine Pagan Community and The Order of Maine Druidry, published a public post on social media informing the Pagan and affiliated communities of financial discrepancies uncovered in an audit of EarthTides Pagan Network (ETPN)…

Knives and drugs seized at Stonehenge Summer Solstice
Spire FM
Two Stanley knives were among the items found among the 10,000 visitors to the stones…

Portraits from Summer Solstice at Stonehenge
On Friday 21st June, we celebrated the summer solstice, that magical day – the longest of the year – when earth’s orbit around the sun reaches its greatest distance from the equator…

Denmark’s Sankt Hans Aften explained: Witches and rain
Although many cultures celebrate Midsummer – the shortest night of the year – with fire, in Denmark the night is infused with customs that harken back to darker and more superstitious times in the country’s history…

Sun makes an appearance for the annual Summer Solstice Parade
An estimated 100,000 people were on hand to watch the 45th annual Summer Solstice Parade in Santa Barbara…

No charges over Padstow Obby Oss festival death
No charges are to be brought over the death of a woman injured in a May Day festival in Cornwall, police say…

Witch says she got a new job ‘by casting a spell’
‘I was looking for work recently and struggling to find a job, so I cast a spell by burning a green candle, symbolic of prosperity, doused in frankincense, signifying wealth,’ Louise said…

What the Michigan Pagan Festival is all about, cool things we saw there
We checked out the Michigan Pagan Festival, which took place all weekend at the Wayne County Fairgrounds…

What Midsommar Gets Wrong About The Pagan Holiday
This summer’s cult horror film, Midsommar, will make your wildest group vacations or music festival plans look tame…

What makes Glastonbury so mystical?
National Geographic
King Arthur, Avalon, Christ, the Grail, ley lines, paganism and a submerged village: even without the festival, there’s something about this Somerset town that continues to bewitch…

How Hackney Wick became a haven for urban Wiccans, hipster witches and modern shamans
Evening Standard
Anna Hart joins the E9 coven…

Witches, wicca, spells and pub ‘moots’ all form part of Tasmania’s thriving pagan community
ABC News
Professor of Sociology at the University of Tasmania Douglas Ezzy, said Tasmania had the largest number of pagans per capita in Australia…

Wiccans, Druids, Vikings and more: Pagans seek a deeper connection with nature in Tasmania as numbers grow
It could be Tasmanian’s connection to nature, their inquisitorial minds, or a sense of something bigger altogether, but when it comes to Paganism the state has proportionately more believers than any other…

Shinto News

A Converted Priest, a Roaming Lord: Yamanoue Daijingū’s Annual Festival
In the foothills of Mount Hakodate, at the head of the Saiwaizaka incline, stands the shrine Yamanoue Daijingū…

Hōran En’ya: A Once-in-a-Decade Waterborne Ritual
Hōran-en’ya, a Shintō ritual in Shimane Prefecture, features dancers performing on boats…

How goddess myth gave divine justification to imperial elites
South China Morning Post
Also known as the Sun Goddess, Amaterasu, along with China’s Nü Wa deity, are suggestive of an ancient matriarchal past…

A Medievalist’s Guide to Decoding the Creatures in Godzilla: King of the Monsters
The recent release of Godzilla: King of the Monsters and the introduction of a whole new “monsterverse” has got this medievalist thinking a lot about the creatures that are coming to define our time, and their origins both as kaiju monsters developed in the 1950s and ‘60s by Japan’s Toho Studio and their far older inspirations from Japanese and Western myth and lore…

Kamiko sales top 250,000 on Switch
Kamiko is a game styled around Japanese Shinto beliefs…

Other News

Climate change threatens Acropolis and other ancient Greek monuments
The Telegraph
Climate change is threatening ancient Greek monuments, among them the Acropolis, one of the most-visited archaeological sites in the world, scientists said…

Celtic chariot burial site: new images of treasures released
Western Telegraph
A Celtic burial in Pembrokeshire has been described as “virtually unique” within southern Britain after the excavation of the site…

Fendi to restore Temple of Venus and Rome
Wanted In Rome
Luxury fashion house Fendi is to sponsor the €2.5 million restoration of Rome’s Temple of Venus and Roma as well as staging a fashion show in the Roman Forum in homage to its late creative director Karl Lagerfeld…

Rare 2,000-year-old wooden arm found at bottom of UK well was ‘offering to the gods’
The Sun
Archaeologists think the finely carved arm could have been an offering to the gods and it is considered to be of national and international importance…

Christian pensioner who claims neighbour is a  witch ordered out of court for shouting ‘Jesus kill her’
The Sun
A Christian OAP who claims her neighbour is a witch was ordered to leave court after asking Jesus to kill her…

King Tut’s 3,000-Year-Old Statue Up For Auction: Controversy Explained
IB Times
With Egyptian authorities exhausting all diplomatic and legal efforts to stop Christie’s, a London-based auction house, from selling King Tutankhamun’s 3,000-year-old head bust, there is spectulation that the bust might have actually been stolen from Karnak temple in Luxor…

New book debunks myths surrounding witchcraft
The Sunday Post
A new book, A History Of Magic And Witchcraft, debunks some of the myths surrounding witches…

The hidden world of Japan’s mystical mountain men
The Telegraph
Flaming incense sticks illuminate the priest and a row of gleaming Buddhas in Yamadera’s temple complex, their slow burns providing my only demarcation of passing time…

The ill fate of ‘Children of witches’
The Pioneer
Ostracism, name calling and bullying in village and schools are some of the most common problems the children of women who are branded witches in the State have to face on a regular basis…

Mother-daughter killed over witchcraft allegation in India
Gulf News
An Indian mother and daughter were hacked to death by three men over allegations of witchcraft in the country’s remote tribal-dominated east, police said Saturday…

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