Pagan & Shinto News: New Report Urges African Governments To Stamp Out ‘Witchcraft’ Accusations Against Children

Pagan & Shinto News: New Report Urges African Governments To Stamp Out ‘Witchcraft’ Accusations Against Children June 6, 2022

Top stories of the week in Paganism and Shinto:

  • New report urges African governments to stamp out ‘witchcraft’ accusations against children
  • UK: Images of Elizabeth II projected on Stonehenge —and Pagans aren’t happy
  • US: Witchcraft shop selling ‘corpse water’ after body found in barrel at bottom of lake

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Pagan News

UK: Images of Elizabeth II projected on Stonehenge —and Pagans aren’t happy
Smithsonian
While some individuals on Twitter agreed the installation was “an amazing sight to see,” others described it as “tacky” or took issue with the use of what they see as a sacred site…

US: Witchcraft shop selling ‘corpse water’ after body found in barrel at bottom of lake
Daily Star
A shop selling witchcraft supplies has unveiled a new ‘corpse water’ range after a local lake was found to contain the bodies of several people murdered by mafia gangsters..

Copycat accounts affecting many Pagans
The Wild Hunt
While it is said that imitation is the highest form of flattery, it might be hard to convince some prominent members of the Pagan community of that when it comes to copied profiles designed to defraud…

Canada: Wic-Can Fest bringing pagan traditions to area in June
Orillia Matters
Festival’s 40th instalment coming to Sparrow Lake Camp; ‘Our event seeks to create the feel of a pagan village,’ official says…

UK: The book, the witch and the crystal shop – the rise of modern witchcraft
Shout Out UK
As the pandemic swept the world, more and more of my friends began to step out of the broom closet…

400 years ago, they would be witches. Today, they can be your coach.
The New York Times*
At a time when more and more Americans call themselves spiritual but not religious, these coaches give us a glimpse of the allure and the hazards of 21st-century D.I.Y. religion…

What happens at Stonehenge during the summer solstice event?
Wiltshire Live

As the sun rises on the longest day of the year, the stones are perfectly aligned, suggesting the monument was a sort of primitive calendar…

Shinto News

Torches light the return of a traditional Noh event in Kyoto
The Asahi Shimbun
Torches illuminated a performance of Noh classical Japanese theater in the nation’s ancient capital on the evening of June 1…

Torii chair draws from traditional Japanese gates to symbolize respect for diversity
designboom
The project draws influence from the traditional Japanese Torii gate which is commonly found at the entrance of Shinto shrines to mark the transition from the mundane to the sacred…

How Princess Mononoke’s exploration of man vs. nature endures the test of time
Collider
Princess Mononoke’s forest environment is based on the southern Japanese island of Yakushima. Subsequently, this setting was brought to life and given a fictional dynamic as a result of the influence of the concept of Shinto…

Why 10,000 men get naked in this town every year
Outlook India
Loincloths, freezing temperatures, fireworks and sake. The traditional Japanese festival of Hadaka Matsuri is every bit as wild as it sounds…

Other News

Hundreds of ancient Egyptian sarcophagi, cat mummies and gold-leafed statues unearthed at necropolis
Live Science
Archaeologists have unearthed a trove of artifacts at the necropolis of Saqqara near Cairo…

The “Goddess of Democracy” surges on Hong Kong campus
The Wild Hunt
The Goddess of Democracy, a statue also known as the Goddess of Democracy and Freedom, the Spirit of Democracy, or the Goddess of Liberty (自由女神; zìyóu nǚshén), was a statue that stood over twenty feet tall, created and erected during the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests in China…

‘Witch Hunts’ Past & Present

New report urges African governments to stamp out ‘witchcraft’ accusations against children
Namibia Economist
New research from African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) shows that every year, thousands of African children are accused of ‘witchcraft’ and suffer ritual attacks, abuse, and physical and psychological violence, yet most governments are turning a blind eye…

Fife campaigners welcome Church of Scotland apology for its role in capturing and torturing ‘witches’
The Courier
A decision by the Church of Scotland to apologise for its role in capturing and torturing ‘witches’ during the 16th and 17th centuries has been welcomed by Fife-based campaigners…

India: Suspecting ‘witchcraft’, woman, sons set kin on fire

The New Indian Express
Suspecting that her brother was performing ‘witchcraft’ against her daughter-in-law, a woman, her three sons, and their supporters set him on fire at Chelmeda in Nizampet Mandal in Medak district on Saturday…

Nigeria: Mob burns 57-year-old man to death in Adamawa over ‘witchcraft’ allegation
Tori.ng
Benson Timothy, a 57-year old man, has been killed by a mob and his remains set ablaze after he was accused of ‘witchcraft’ in Adamawa State…

Malawi: Five women arrested for damaging house over ‘witchcraft’ accusations
Malawi24
Police in Chiradzulu district have arrested five women who are suspected to have damaged the house of 79-year-old Raphael Augustino over ‘witchcraft’ accusations…

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