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Pagan & Shinto News: Parents Sue State Over School Curriculum Featuring ‘Prayers To Pagan Gods’

Pagan & Shinto News: Parents Sue State Over School Curriculum Featuring ‘Prayers To Pagan Gods’ September 6, 2021

Top stories of the week in Paganism and Shinto:

  • California parents sue state over public-school curriculum featuring ‘prayers to Pagan gods’
  • Man accused of ‘witchcraft’ as a child welcomes UN condemning abuse
  • UK: Lancaster Academic plays vital part in a historic UN resolution condemning witchcraft atrocities

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Left: Quetzalcoatl head at Teotihuacan (Marcelosan, CC BY-SA 3.0). Centre: UN logo. Right: Depiction of Scottish witch trial, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Pagan News

The pandemic turned me into a witch
The Cut
Here’s the thing about doing spellwork: The process forces me to take note of where I am, what I want, and where I want to go…

Autumn Equinox 2021: the science behind the changing seasons
The Telegraph*
When leaves begin to fall, temperatures drop and days become shorter, it can only mean autumn is on its way and brings with it home comforts, bronzed woodland hues and a pumpkin or two…

Shinto News

Olympic Prayers
Mimusubi
The August 23rd issue of Jinja Shinpō had a short article about prayers for Olympic success at Fujisan Hongū Sengen Taisha…

Other News

California parents sue state over public-school curriculum featuring ‘prayers to Pagan gods’

The New American
The California Department of Education is being sued over a new ethnic-studies curriculum that has students reciting prayers to Aztec gods whose worship rituals featured human sacrifice…

French sent Merlin on a magical mystery tour
The Times*
Medieval manuscript fragments that tell the story of Merlin the magician have been identified as some of the earliest surviving texts telling his part in Arthurian legend…

Greek Myths by Charlotte Higgins review — the goddesses get to sing
The Times*
The ancient Greek women tell their tales in this rich tapestry, says Claire Allfree…

Drinking wine in ancient Greece was a divine but demanding business
Apollo
With around 50 artefacts on display, including loans from the Louvre, ‘Drinking with the Gods’ centres on the role of wine in Graeco-Roman culture, with a large part dedicated to Dionysus, the god who gave wine to humans and – perhaps more importantly – taught us to make it ourselves…

‘Witch Hunts’ Past & Present

Man accused of ‘witchcraft’ as a child welcomes UN condemning abuse
iNews
Mardoche Yembi was accused of being possessed by evil spirits and causing his own mother’s death as a child growing up in the Congo..

UK: Lancaster Academic plays vital part in a historic UN resolution condemning witchcraft atrocities
Lancashire Post
Professor Charlotte Baker was part of a larger team advocating for awareness and change…

UK: Corstorphine Trust erects plaque to remember those in local area accused and killed as ‘witches’
Edinburgh Evening News
A plaque in Edinburgh has been erected to remember all those in the local Corstorphine area who were killed as ‘witches’…


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