Pagan & Shinto News: Couple Find ‘Witchcraft Den’ In 16th Century Home

Pagan & Shinto News: Couple Find ‘Witchcraft Den’ In 16th Century Home November 29, 2020

Top stories in Paganism and Shinto this week:

  • UK: Couple find ‘witchcraft den’ filled with animal skulls while renovating 16th-century home
  • US: Practitioner of Brujeria charged with sex trafficking in Las Vegas
  • Japan: Demon statue cards promote Shinto shrines in north Japan cities

Read more below…

Left: Carlos Charles, Pixabay. Centre: Pexels, Pixabay. Right: “Demon Statue Card”, Aomori Prefectural Government.

Pagan News

UK: Couple find ‘witchcraft den’ filled with animal skulls while renovating 16th-century home
The Sun
A couple renovating an old country farmhouse have found a “witchcraft” den hidden under their staircase…

Practitioner of Brujeria charged with sex trafficking in Las Vegas
The Wild Hunt
A man was arrested and taken into custody on October 11 on charges of sex trafficking of an adult and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking in Las Vegas, Nevada. When officers interviewed several women who were found to be working at the brothel, the women told the officers that Rodriguez-Rodriguez performed Brujeria and animal offerings…

Moon Books publishers release new “Practically Pagan” series
Patheos Pagan: Rachel Patterson
Practically Pagan is a new series of alternative life style titles from Moon Books…

UK: The mystery behind the Witches Circle in Grimsby
Grimsby Live
According to folklore, witches would meet in the woods to practise Pagan Witchcraft…

A pagan matriarchy in the Russian North clings to fading traditions
Russia Z
Filmmaker Sasha Kulak and art curator Yulia Kurmangalina have made several art projects together dedicated to finding and supporting art by people who are socially excluded or live in remote areas. This year, the duo set off on a journey to the Pinezhsky region, a remote spot in the Russin North famous for its mystical beliefs, spells, and ancient wooden churches…

A collection of 12 sigils for the pandemic
Patheos Pagan: Laura Tempest Zakroff
Since March, I’ve been creating sigils to help folks navigate the pandemic…

Saturn/Jupiter conjunction to occur at the winter solstice
The Denver Channel
Once every 20 years, Jupiter and Saturn nearly cross paths in the sky, and this year, the two largest planets in the solar system will cross paths during the winter solstice…

12 quirky winter traditions from around the globe
Fodors
With the long nights of winter approaching, a little inspiration can go a long way toward brightening our days…

Shinto News

Demon statue cards promote Shinto shrines in north Japan cities
The Mainichi
The Aomori Prefectural Government’s Chunan regional administration bureau has created cards introducing various demon statues adorning traditional torii gates at Shinto shrines in the cities of Hirosaki and Hirakawa in its jurisdiction…

Why buy your cat a cat house when you can buy a cat shrine from Japan instead?
SoraNews24
The Neko Jinja House lets you worship your cat in the comfort of your own home…

Other News

Statues of Greek deities discovered in Kibyra, Turkey
Greek City Times
The local Turkish governorship said that the two ancient Greek deities discovered were Asclepios, the god of medicine and healing, and Zeus-Serapis, the god of light and the sky…

Goddess statue unearthed in central Turkey
AA.com
Turkish archeologists in Kultepe have unearthed a goddess statue, claiming it to be “the biggest” so far from the Early Bronze Age in Anatolia…

Archaeologists unearthed 160 sarcophagi from an ancient Egyptian necropolis. Some of the tombs were inscribed with mummy curses.
Business Insider
Archaeologists have discovered 160 human coffins at the site over the last three months, which they plan to disperse to museums around Egypt…

‘Witch Hunts’ Past & Present

India: Elderly Woman murdered on suspicion of ‘black magic’ in Odisha
Sambad English
The police detained four persons on charges of burying a dibyang elderly woman after murdering her over ‘witchcraft’ suspicion in Chhabanagada village under Digapahandi police limits in Ganjam district…

Malawi: Girl, 6, dies after drinking concoction to remove ‘witchcraft’
Malawi 24
A six-year-old girl, Odetta Masamba, from Mtalika Village, Tradition Authority (TA) Chitera in Chiradzulu died on Sunday after she was forced to drink a concoction which was prepared to remove witchcraft from her…

Malawi: Witchcraft Act under microscope
All Africa
Chairperson of the special law commission on the review of the Witchcraft Act, Justice Robert Chinangwa, said during a two day consultative workshop held recently in Lilongwe that findings show that majority of Malawians believe in witchcraft hence the need to legislate the belief in order to protect those accused of ‘witchcraft’ and those who claim to practice it…

How poor healthcare is fuelling Indian witch-hunts
South China Morning Post
Sudden unexplained mortalities – together with a lack of health care, education and legal protection – are proving a dangerous mix in India’s rural areas…


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