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Pagan & Shinto News: Japan’s Princess Aiko Attends Shinto Coming-Of-Age Ceremonies

Pagan & Shinto News: Japan’s Princess Aiko Attends Shinto Coming-Of-Age Ceremonies December 5, 2021

Top stories of the week in Paganism and Shinto:

  • Princess Aiko attends coming-of-age ceremonies
  • Crown Prince of Japan says he decided his daughter shouldn’t have Shinto wedding
  • UK: Stonehenge tunnel plan could be looked at again

Read more below…

Princess Aiko (right), Empress Masako and Emperor Naruhito in 2019. 外務省ホームページ, CC BY 4.0

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Shinto News

Princess Aiko attends coming-of-age ceremonies
The Japan Times*
Princess Aiko, the only child of Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako, attended coming-of-age ceremonies at the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo on Sunday…

Crown Prince of Japan says he decided his daughter Princess Mako shouldn’t have a traditional Shinto wedding
Mail Online
The Crown Prince of Japan has revealed he made the decision his daughter Princess Mako should not have any traditional wedding rites because of the scandal surrounding her new husband’s finances…

Shrine in Osaka starts accepting New Year’s visits
NHK World
A Shinto shrine in Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, has begun allowing visitors to mark the New Year a month early to prevent overcrowding amid the coronavirus pandemic…

More tourists risking life and limb to reach Hokkaido shrine
The Asahi Shimbun
A rising number of people are putting themselves in danger of bone-fracturing tumbles, crushed skulls by falling rocks and wild animal attacks to reach a shrine that honors a deity for safety…

Japan’s history of religion, from Shinto and Buddhism to cults and Jesus’ secret mission

South China Morning Post
The land of eight million gods has unsurprisingly had a fractious relationship with faith…

The sacredness of forests
Mimusubi
In short, the idea of the sacred forests as sacred, areas that people should not enter and where the trees and other living creatures should remain undisturbed, was largely lost, and not really taken up in the theology of the Kokugaku scholars of the late Edo period, who laid the foundations for contemporary mainstream Shinto…

Other News

UK: Stonehenge tunnel plan could be looked at again
BBC
The case for building a road tunnel near Stonehenge is to be re-examined despite a judge overturning planning permission for it last year….

UK: Stonehenge builders fuelled themselves on sweet treats, excavation suggests
Evening Standard
The builders of Stonehenge fuelled themselves with sweet treats containing foraged fruit and nuts, according to English Heritage…

Luxor’s Avenue of Sphinxes parade sparks debate over return of obelisk from France
The National News
Luxor’s return to the archaeological spotlight with the reopening of the Avenue of Sphinxes rekindled a debate about Egyptian treasures in Europe…

Aztec altar with human ashes uncovered in Mexico City
BBC
Archaeologists in Mexico have uncovered an altar dating back to the 16th Century near Plaza Garibaldi, the square in Mexico City famed for its mariachi musicians…

Why the magic, murder and myths of ancient Greece still fascinate
The Sunday Post
From heroism to horses, sex to sacrifice, Greek myths have inspired scholars, tourists and filmmakers…

These places from Greek mythology still exist—and you can visit
The Daily Beast

It is thrilling to be able to visit the places where the Greek myths emerged, from the kingdom of Mycenae to the village where Zeus and Prometheus cut a deal…

Group rescues snakes from witchcraft rituals in Kenya
Deutsche Welle
Some Kenyans see snakes as cursed, and so poach and capture them for witchcraft rituals. A group has been rescuing the reptiles, helping scientists conduct important biological research…

‘Witch Hunts’ Past & Present

Nigeria: Woman accused of witchcraft rescued from mob attack
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The Oyo State government on Thursday rescued a homeless 74 years old woman identified as Silifatu Olawale, who was found to be mentally challenged and accused of possession of a witch-craft in the city of Ibadan…

Ghana: Let’s disband witch camps
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The 2020 Vice Presidential Candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyeman has made a passionate appeal to government and civil society groups to as a matter of urgency close down all witch camps across the country…

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