Pagan & Shinto News: Woman To Play Green Man For First Time At Scotland’s Beltane Fire Festival

Pagan & Shinto News: Woman To Play Green Man For First Time At Scotland’s Beltane Fire Festival April 25, 2021

Top stories in Paganism and Shinto this week:

  • UK: Green Man to be played by a woman for first time at Scotland’s Beltane Fire Festival
  • Legendary occultist Aleister Crowley gets remixed for a new release
  • Japan: PM makes offering at war shrine but doesn’t visit

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Left: Stefan Keller from Pixabay. Centre: Aleister Crowley, Golden Dawn, Wiki Commons. Right: Yasukuni Shrine, Kakidai, CC BY-SA 4.0

Pagan News

UK: Green Man to be played by a woman for first time at Scotland’s Beltane Fire Festival
The Scotsman*
Organisers of Edinburgh’s world-famous Beltane Fire Festival have appointed a woman to play the pivotal role of the Green Man for the first time in the event’s history…

Legendary occultist Aleister Crowley gets remixed for a new release
EIN Presswire
An eclectic group of electronic, rock and industrial artists have gathered to remix some of the only surviving recordings Crowley made, the historic wax recordings from 1910-1914, all featured on the brand new release Black Magic…

Spirituality authors draw on their heritage and identities

Publishers Weekly
Publishers offering mind, body, and spirituality titles look for BIPOC authors who authentically represent a discipline or practice with depth, sensitivity, and nuance…

US: Naples police search for woman accused in witchcraft, spiritual services scam
Naples Daily News
Naples Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman accused of scamming people out of money by providing spiritual and witchcraft services…

Pink supermoon will light up the night this Monday
Live Science
The Pink Moon — the second largest full moon of 2021 — will light up the night sky shortly before midnight on Monday (April 26), according to NASA…

Shinto News

Japan’s Suga makes offering at war shrine but doesn’t visit
Associated Press
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Wednesday donated a religious offering to a Tokyo shrine viewed by China and both Koreas as a symbol of wartime aggression, though he avoided a visit…

Suga postpones visit to Ise Jingu shrine again
Nippon.com
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is poised to postpone a visit planned late this month to Ise Jingu, a Shinto shrine in Mie Prefecture, central Japan, as a fresh state of emergency over the novel coronavirus is set to be declared, government officials said Saturday…

Sacred forbidden forest at a Japanese shrine has been off-limits to visitors for centuries
SoraNews24
We get to enter a holy land that’s been protected since ancient times, and it reminds us of the world of Princess Mononoke…

“Waneko” Studies: A journey into Japan’s cat lore
Nippon.com
Cat lover and doctor of veterinary science Iwazaki Eiji is also an investigator of cats and their related folklore. He is the author of Waneko no ashiato (Tracking Japan’s Cats), an introduction to Tokyo’s many cat-related shrines and temples…

Other News

Egypt opens pharaonic mummies hall to visitors at new museum in Cairo
Global Times
With its dark-walled and dimly lit open rooms, the crypt-like Royal Mummies Hall at Cairo’s new National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) was opened to visitors for the first time on Sunday, displaying 20 mummies of ancient Egyptian kings and queens…

Iron Age warriors bent the swords of their defeated enemies, ancient hoard reveals
Live Science
A metal detectorist scouring an ancient hillfort has uncovered “one of the biggest Iron Age weapon hoards in western Germany,” according to archaeologists at the Regional Association of Westphalia-Lippe (LWL)…

The Greek goddess Gaia and her connection to Earth Day
Greek Reporter
The Greek goddess Gaia would surely be in full accord with Earth Day, as she herself represented the bounty of the earth itself…

‘Witch Hunts’ Past & Present

Nigeria: 98-yr-old flogged over alleged ‘witchcraft’ in Delta

The Nation
An old woman identified as Magarret Okpole and accused of ‘witchcraft’ is currently having mental challenges after severe torture from her kinsmen in Otor-Iyede community, Isoko North Local Government Area of Delta State…

Ghana: Youth destroy property of 68-year-old woman accused of ‘witchcraft’
Modern Ghana
Some angry youth of Nakpali in the Zabzugu District of the Northern Region on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, destroyed the property of a 68-year-old woman they accused of witchcraft…

UK: History shows how witches and wizards of the West suffered a grizzly end
Bristol Live
Bristol once had a brutal reputation for punishment. Hangings were prevalent, but women convicted for ‘witchcraft’ in the 18th century were burnt to death…

UK: The case of the trolls vs the lost witch in Doncaster
Doncaster Free Press
Heritage Doncaster community researcher Nick Crouch has been busting a few myths about the real victims of ‘witchcraft’, which saw around 40,000 – 60,000 people executed in Europe…

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