Pagan & Shinto News: Emperor Of Japan Communes With Sun Goddess At Daijousai Ceremony

Pagan & Shinto News: Emperor Of Japan Communes With Sun Goddess At Daijousai Ceremony November 17, 2019

Top stories in Paganism and Shinto this week:

  • Emperor of Japan communes with Sun Goddess at ancient Daijousai ceremony
  • Greenpeace recruit witch to cast spells on illegal loggers in Romania
  • Rollright Stones road widening proposal criticised

Read more below…

Left: Depiction of Shinto goddess Amaterasu Omikami, public domain; Centre: Greenpeace logo, fair use; Right: The Rollright Stones, Dennis Turner / Rollright Stones

Pagan News

Romanian activists turn to witchcraft in fight against illegal logging
Emerging Europe
In its latest campaign, Curse for Good, Greenpeace has chosen a Romanian witch to cast spells on illegal loggers and the authorities…

How Paganism Is Influencing A New Breed Of Heavy Artist
From Heilung to Anna Von Hausswolff, we explore how Paganism and heavy music are working together…

The next stage of witch resistance is here
Religion News Service
Lyons isn’t the only occultist to have drawn parallels between freewheeling internet culture and the power of the unconscious to manifest reality…

Shinto News

Emperor Naruhito performs centuries-old Daijosai ceremony as key succession rite
The Japan Times
Emperor Naruhito performs on Thursday a centuries-old Shinto thanksgiving ceremony known as the Daijosai, the last of the major succession rituals following his enthronement in May…

Q&A: Emperor Naruhito’s Daijosai key imperial succession ritual
Kyodo News
The main part of the ritual, which runs through the early hours of Friday, will be held behind closed doors, but here is a brief explainer of what happens…

Public funding of religious Daijosai ceremony draws flak
The Japan Times
The government’s decision to finance the Daijosai ceremony with state funds has faced criticism from experts claiming the move was taken with undue speed in order to avoid reigniting controversy over the Constitution, which guarantees the separation of state and religion…

Gazing in wonder at the many faces of the moon
The Japan Times
Why do the sun and the moon see so little of each other?…

Other News

Rollright Stones road widening proposal criticised
BBC News
The Rollright Stones, which lie within 10m of the road, are believed to have been built over 4,000 years ago, in the Neolithic and Bronze Ages…

Experts crack mystery of ancient Egypt’s sacred bird mummies
The Guardian
An ancient Egyptian mystery has been solved, according to researchers, who say they have cracked the conundrum of where millions of mummified birds came from…

Archaeologists find a 3,000-year-old megalithic temple that was used to stage ‘pagan rituals of water worship’ in ancient Peru
Mail Online
The religious monument is over 131ft long and is located in the springs of the Zaña Valley river about 500miles from Lima, the modern capital of Peru…

Xi urges Britain to return Parthenon Marbles to Greece
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday urged Britain to return the Parthenon Marbles to Greece, wading into a decades-old dispute between the countries over the ownership of the sculptures…

Autumn archaeological discoveries across the United Kingdom
The Wild Hunt
Archaeological discoveries, some of interest to Pagans and some of wider historical interest, continue to be made across the U.K. this autumn…

U.S. Christian belief is on the decline, especially among Millennials
The Wild Hunt
The trend is amid anecdotal reports that Druids, Heathens, Pagans, Wiccans, and Witches have become more visible; though the research did not address or sample these paths directly…

Atheists and Christians in Agreement? Look for the Deeper Story
Pagan Pride: John Beckett
The story points toward the necessity for Pagans and other people of good will to be actively involved in the political process…

UK: Thousands of children abused over witchcraft beliefs as number of known victims rockets by a third
The Independent
Almost 2,000 children identified as victims of child abuse linked to faith or belief in a year…

India: Man hacked to death over suspected witchcraft
Orissa Post
Dasu was killed by two persons over suspicion of practicing witchcraft…

India: 24 Arrested For Branding Woman A Witch, Assaulting Her
Conrad Courier
Outrage in Himachal Pradesh over widow of ex-Army man being dragged out of her home and assaulted in public after being accused of practising witchcraft…

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