Pagan & Shinto News: Patheos Writer To Perform Live Beltane Ritual Dance

Pagan & Shinto News: Patheos Writer To Perform Live Beltane Ritual Dance April 26, 2020

Top stories in Paganism and Shinto this week:

  • Patheos writer to perform live Beltane ritual dance and music performance
  • “Prayer for the Dead” sundown rituals surge in Pagan community
  • Abe sends ritual tree offering to war-linked Yasukuni shrine

Read more below…

Left: “Within the Circle” – painting by Laura Tempest Zakroff. Centre: Pixabay. Right: Centre: Yasukuni Shrine, jpatokal via Wiki Commons

Pagan News

Patheos writer to perform live Beltane ritual dance and music performance
Patheos Pagan: Laura Tempest Zakroff
For Beltane, my partner and I are offering an experience you can all join in – from our home to yours…

“Prayer for the Dead” sundown rituals surge in Pagan community
The Wild Hunt
A growing number of Pagans have been involved in a movement surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, that has rituals performed at sundown every day for the deceased…

UK: Dorset celebrant hosts handfastings online
BBC
Couples who have had to cancel or postpone weddings while in lockdown have been taking part in online handfasting ceremonies…

 Chelsea Wolfe: “Witchcraft helped me find myself”
Louder Sound
Chelsea Wolfe has understood the power of words since she was young. Troubled by insomnia and sleep paralysis, she’s found refuge among books and uses witchcraft and the tarot to guide her on the road…

Witchcraft is Cheaper Than Therapy
Yahoo Life
As a person who’s suffered from anxiety and depression, I’ve searched for many different ways of trying to find peace, yet remained ultimately unsuccessful until I delved deep into witchcraft…

Shinto News

Abe sends ritual tree offering to war-linked Yasukuni shrine
Kyodo News
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo, seen by Asian neighbors as a symbol of Japan’s past militarism, as its two-day spring festival began Tuesday…

Shinto temple gates are “symbolic entrances into a new world” says Martin van der Linden
Dezeen
Architecture video blogger Martin van der Linden explains the different types of torii gates found at Japanese Shinto temples, in his latest contribution to Virtual Design Festival…

The Kami of Smallpox
Mimusubi
It is important to note that this kami is not a kami of preventing smallpox: it is the kami of smallpox, and people propitiated it to get it to go away and not bother them…

Amabie: The Japanese monster going viral
BBC
In Japan, as parts of the country declare a state of emergency, people here have been reacting to the Covid-19 pandemic in a unique way: by sharing images online of a mystical, mermaid-like being believed to ward off plagues…

Other News

Some UK Heritage Sites Could Be Lost Forever After COVID-19 Pandemic
The Weather Channel
Some of the United Kingdom’s treasured heritage could be “lost forever” after the novel coronavirus pandemic, as centuries-old skills required to safeguard them risk wipeout if craftsmen lose their jobs, an official has warned…

Ancient Greek Site Where Men were Buried with their Horses to be Restored
Greek Reporter
The Minister of Culture Lina Mendoni vowed to restore the ancient burial site of Doxipara located in Evros in northeast Greece which she described as having an “indisputable archaeological and historical value.”…

UK: Pendant used to counteract witchcraft weaves a spell at auction
The Courier
Probably Scottish, possibly Seventh or Eighth Century, and maybe remounted in the 17th Century or thereabouts, the so-called ‘Charmstone Pendant’ comprised a large rock crystal in a silver mount…

UK: Cerne Abbas Giant given face mask makeover
BBC
The Cerne Abbas Giant is thought to have been given the unauthorised addition on Friday…

Impaled toads and occult onions reveal pagan side of Victorian Britain
The Telegraph
The Victorian era is usually considered a prim and proper age of modest Christian virtue. But a grisly museum collection of animal offerings and occult onions reveals a deep pagan streak in British society…

How did the Pharaohs protect themselves from epidemics and diseases?
Egypt Today
According to a study titled “How the Ancient Egyptians practiced Medicine”, the ancient Egyptians believed that the disease was mostly due to the wrath of the gods or evil spirits and magic…

Medieval magic at work: 7 spells and charms our ancestors used

History Extra
From summoning demons to stemming menstrual bleeding – there was a spell for many complaints or whims in the Middle Ages…

10 Witch Movies to Watch Before Seeing ‘The Witches’ Remake
Screen Rant
The highly-anticipated remake of The Witches is scheduled to be out soon. To prepare yourself, these movies are worth checking out…


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