Pagan & Shinto News: Lithuanian Parliament Won’t Recognise Romuva Pagan Religion

Pagan & Shinto News: Lithuanian Parliament Won’t Recognise Romuva Pagan Religion July 7, 2019

Top stories in Paganism and Shinto this week:

  • Lithuania: Parliament rejects recognition of Romuva Pagan religion
  • UK: Morris dancers to march on Parliament over May Day bank holiday switch
  • Japan: Ancient tomb clusters added to UNESCO World Heritage list

Read more below…

Left: Symbol of the Romuva religion, public domain; Centre: Morris dancers in Kent in England, author; Right: Daisen-kofun tomb in Osaka, Japan, National Land Image Information Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism

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Japan’s gathering of the gods at Izumo Taisha
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Furious Morris dancers to march on Parliament over May Day bank holiday switch
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Morris men and women say the move will force the cancellation of hundreds of festivals and events across the country which traditionally take place over May’s first Bank Holiday weekend, bringing in millions for local economies…

Ancient Osaka Prefecture tomb clusters added to UNESCO World Heritage list
The Japan Times
UNESCO decided Saturday to add to the World Heritage list two tumulus clusters in western Japan, which represent an ancient burial system and the hierarchy of society at the time…

Stonehenge: Unesco condemns tunnel plan
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Miley Cyrus tours Stonehenge after performance, has a ‘spiritual experience’
USA Today
In the “Mother’s Daughter” singer’s photo, she expressed that “Stonehenge was a spiritual experience,” adding “thank you” with a black heart emoji…

On the “island of the druids” found burial age of four thousand years
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Archaeologists have discovered on the British Isle of Anglesey, which is associated with the mysterious priests of the ancient druids, the burial age four thousand years…

Protestors gather outside Christie’s as ancient head of Tutankhamen sells for £4.7m
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Egyptian authorities had tried to stop the sale claiming that the 3,000 year old quartzite sculpture should be repatriated…

Thousands of Miniature Wooden Towers Found in Japanese Buddhist Temple
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As more uses are found for the aromatic resin, the population of trees that produce it are on the brink of collapse…

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