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Pagan & Shinto News: Up To 200,000 Witches In France, Says Ethnologist

Pagan & Shinto News: Up To 200,000 Witches In France, Says Ethnologist July 18, 2021

Top stories of the week in Paganism and Shinto:

  • Up to 200,000 self-declared witches in France, says ethnologist
  • Shinto shrine set up in retired railcar in Ibaraki
  • UK: Rare carving of nude horseman found at Roman fort may depict Mercury or Mars

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Left: Екатерина Пожилых from Pixabay. Centre: Train on the Minato Line in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki, Japan, Σ64, CC BY 4.0. Right: Celtic form of Ancient Roman Mars from Segontium, Caernarvon, Wales, Wolfgang Sauber, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Pagan News

Witches make a comeback with French
The Times*
Witches and wizards are casting a spell over France, with booming numbers cashing in on social media fame and a widespread distrust of the authorities, according to a leading ethnologist…

A new trail raises questions about the pagan past at Lake Nemi
The Wild Hunt
Earlier this month, the hilltop town of Nemi, Italy, opened a nature trail to small cave that served as a hermitage site for local monks. But the trail bears the name of Saint Michael the Archangel, raising questions about the name and its relation to the famous Temple of Diana on the shores of the eponymous lake…

UK: Family-friendly festival of witchcraft coming to Coventry
Coventry Observer
Organised by a local group of witches called the Coven of Gaia, the festival is one of only a few events aimed at pagans and witches in the UK and is open to those with experience as well as complete beginners or people who just want to learn more…

The surprising consultant that was hired for The Craft
Looper
In order to imbue the film with as much authenticity as possible, Fleming relied on a consultant whose expertise on the subject he knew he could trust: an actual Witch…

Shinto News

Shinto shrine set up in retired railcar in Ibaraki for revitalization
The Asahi Shimbun
A retired railcar has made its debut as a unique Shinto shrine on unused tracks on Hitachinaka Seaside Railway Co.’s Minato Line…

Other News

UK: Rare carving of nude horseman found at Roman fort may depict Mercury or Mars
Smithsonian
A pair of amateur archaeologists discovered the sandstone relief at Vindolanda in northern England…

Egypt’s 1st international festival for women’s theatre named Isis

Daily News Egypt
Egypt’s first international festival for women’s theatre has chosen the Ancient Egyptian goddess of fertility, Isis, to serve both as its icon and as its name…

The twenty most famous movies based on Greek mythology
Greek Reporter
The timeless stories portrayed in Greek mythology have been reinterpreted for modern audiences in engaging and beloved movies many times over…

‘Witch Hunts’ Past & Present

India: Man beheaded for allegedly ‘practicing witchcraft’, severed head paraded
The Washington Newsday
Authorities in India say a 35-year-old man was sentenced to prison on Monday for beheading his elderly neighbor and parading with the victim’s severed head for kilometres…

India: Attack on suspicion of ‘witchcraft’ leaves three members of family injured in Odisha
Kalinga TV
Three members of a family were seriously injured following an attack by a group of people over suspicion of ‘witchcraft’ at Chirikipada Sasan village under Polasara police limits in Ganjam district of Odisha…

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