Pagan & Shinto News: Cerne Abbas Giant Figure Dates From Anglo-Saxon Times, Analysis Suggests

Pagan & Shinto News: Cerne Abbas Giant Figure Dates From Anglo-Saxon Times, Analysis Suggests May 17, 2021

Top stories in Paganism and Shinto:

  • UK: Cerne Giant dates from Anglo-Saxon times, analysis suggests
  • UK: New museum to honour Scots convicted of witchcraft
  • British Museum returns looted ancient Persephone statue to Libya

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Left: Cerne Abbas Giant, Maurice D Budden, Ian Tresman, CC BY-SA 2.0. Centre: Witchhunt depiction in Scottish publication, public domain. Right: State of Goddess, possible Persephone, Pergamon Museum (Berlin), dalbera from Paris, France, CC BY 2.0 (illustrative purposes only)

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Pagan News

UK: Pagans across Kent call for handfastings to become legally recognised
Kent Online
A number of pagan groups have shared a parliament petition calling for handfastings alone to be legally recognised marriages, but with work by the Pagan Federation already well underway this could become a reality in the next few years…

UK: Meet the pagan chaplain encouraging people to talk about their death and funeral
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The 72-year-old pagan chaplain, who lives in Haywards Heath, is passionate about getting people to prepare for their own death, and making them aware of all the options available when it comes to funeral arrangements…

The Druid in Deutschland who offers YouTube videos and wedding services

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Folk healers create modern techniques from their ancestors’ lost lore
Religion News Service
A collective of healers and practitioners is revisiting ancestral practices to become ‘ancestors for the future.’…

Ireland: Witches and warlocks of West Cork get new one-stop-shop
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Shinto News

Horseback archers pray for end to pandemic
NHK World
Traditional Japanese horseback archery, known as “yabusame,” was performed in Yokohama’s Minatomirai District on Sunday to pray for an end to the coronavirus pandemic…

Giant sandals displayed to pray for pandemic’s end
NHK World
A pair of giant straw sandals has been put on display in a town near Tokyo to pray for an end to the coronavirus pandemic…

Tokyo Skytree launches ‘Tree of Hope’
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Other News

Cerne Giant in Dorset dates from Anglo-Saxon times, analysis suggests
The Guardian
Sand samples examined by National Trust experts indicate hillside chalk figure was created in the 10th century…

Ireland: Mythical creature statue put on hold following complaint from priest, says sculptor
Irish Central
“A vocal minority seem to have been set against it from the start, and that culminated with the priest denouncing it from the altar as a pagan idol…”

British Museum returns looted ancient Greek statue to Libya
Greek Reporter
After a long legal battle, London’s British Museum returned last week a looted ancient Greek statue of the goddess Persephone to Libya…

Folded iron sword discovered in a Roman soldier’s grave in Greece was part of a pagan ritual, expert says
Mail Online
An iron sword deliberately bent as part of a pagan ritual has been discovered in a Roman soldier’s grave in Greece, an archaeologist has revealed…

Ancient mask of Greek God Dionysus found in western Turkey
Greek Reporter
An extremely expressive terracotta mask, thought to represent the Greek god Dionysus, was recently unearthed during excavations of the ancient Greek city of Daskyleion in Western Turkey…

UK: Graffiti artist paints spectacular war god mural on Carlisle West Walls

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UK: The fortune-telling family that made Blackpool famous for psychics and clairvoyants
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‘Witch Hunts’ Past & Present

New museum to honour Scots convicted of witchcraft
The Herald*
Scottish campaigners want a museum created to commemorate the thousands of Scots persecuted for witchcraft…



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