Pagan & Shinto News: UK Witchcraft Store To Reopen Despite Abuse

Pagan & Shinto News: UK Witchcraft Store To Reopen Despite Abuse April 11, 2021

Top stories in Paganism and Shinto this week:

  • UK: Witchcraft store to reopen despite abuse
  • Malta: Ancient Ġgantija Temples under threat
  • Japan: Emperor sows rice seeds at palace

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Left: The Coven, Facebook (@covenx3). Centre: Sacrificial altars in Ġgantija Temples, BoneA, CC BY-SA 4.0. Right: Emperor Naruhito, 首相官邸, CC BY 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Pagan News

UK: Derbyshire witchcraft store to reopen despite verbal abuse and being spat at by passers-by
Derbyshire Live
A Derbyshire store that sells Pagan and witchcraft items will reopen next week despite concerns it has been targeted by those who disagree with the community it serves…

New site generates sigils on demand
The Wild Hunt
A new website called the Sigil Engine has caught the attention of those within and out of the community, making a key magickal practice easily accessible to all who are interested…

Australian witches and Druids optimistic about paganism’s post-pandemic future
ABC News
Over the past year, the pandemic has meant most pagan rituals and events around the country have either been cancelled or conducted online…

Is Netflix’s upcoming anime record of Ragnarok inviting religious criticism?

Epic Stream
In this series, there are many gods represented from various pantheons around the world and cultures, including the Greeks, the Norse, and the Hindus. The latter of which still has plenty of worshippers and practitioners around the world who are not overly appreciative of their deities being depicted in this fashion…

Promitheia: Reviving the ancient Greek spirit on Mount Olympus
Greek Reporter
Each year, hundreds of people gather on Mount Olympus in central Greece for the annual Promitheia festival dedicated to the Ancient Greek spirit…

Thieving witches: Book piracy is theft
Patheos Pagan: Jason Mankey
It’s rather disheartening to find out that many of your fellow Witches are thieves, and thieves with no remorse…

Shinto News

Emperor sows rice seeds at palace
NHK World
Japan’s Emperor Naruhito has planted rice seeds at the Imperial Palace. The rice will be harvested in the autumn and offered to deities in Shinto rituals at the palace, including the Niinamesai harvest festival in November…

How Japanese women saved Shinto
The Diplomat
A Shinto priest explains the ancient Japanese religion – and the crucial, often forgotten role women played in keeping it alive after World War II…

Other News

The ‘Stonehenge of Malta’ is under threat
The Telegraph*
The Ġgantija Temples, the oldest architectural stone buildings in the world, older even than Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids, will soon be overlooked by a five-storey apartment block, if a current proposal is allowed to proceed…

3,000-year-old ‘lost golden city’ of ancient Egypt discovered
The Guardian
Experts say Aten is the largest such city ever found and one of the most important finds since unearthing Tutankhamun’s tomb…

Newly discovered snake named after Chinese goddess

Live Science
A deadly new snake has been discovered after spending decades masquerading as a much less dangerous species, according to researchers — who named the snake after a shape-shifting serpent goddess from a Chinese folktale…

‘Witch Hunts’ Past & Present

South Africa: Mentally ill woman set alight in Soweto after ‘witch’ accusation
The Citizen
Jostina Sangweni was apparently afraid and went into a house nearby to seek help because she was not familiar with the area. That’s when she was beaten up and accused of ‘witchcraft’…

Zimbabwe: Elderly couple killed over ‘witchcraft’ allegations
Bulawayo 24
Police have launched a manhunt for a man who allegedly killed a Mhondoro couple after accusing them of ‘witchcraft’…

Will South Africans rally against ‘witch’ persecution and muti murders?
Modern Ghana
This question has become necessary following reported cases of attacks and killings linked to witchcraft and muti beliefs in South Africa…

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