Pagan & Shinto News: Malaysian Royal Intervention Saves Japanese Festival From Muslim Critics

Pagan & Shinto News: Malaysian Royal Intervention Saves Japanese Festival From Muslim Critics June 15, 2022

Top stories of the week in Paganism and Shinto:

  • Malaysian royal intervention saves Japanese festival from Muslim critics
  • Putin effigies nailed to sacred trees in Japan
  • US: City Council commits to inviting more diverse prayer leaders, including Wiccans, to open meetings

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Bon Odori dancers at Roppongi Hills in Tokyo. Pocsywe, CC BY-SA 4.0

Pagan News

US: City Council commits to inviting more diverse prayer leaders, including Wiccans, to open meetings
Akron Beacon Journal
Beth Vild prayed over Akron City Council before their weekly meeting, presenting an “earth-based prayer.”…

UK: Ratepayer calls for removal of Cernunnos statue from park
News Letter
A statue of the pagan deity Cernnunos  is causing disquiet at Hillsborough Forest Park…

Pagans react to the projection of the Queen’s image at Stonehenge
The Wild Hunt
British Pagans obviously occupy a spectrum of responses, from fervent Monarchists to ardent republicans, and everything in between…

UK: Fans tell presenter Paul O’Grady to move house after star discovers ‘cursed’ creepy item in garden

The presenter, 65, took to Instagram on Sunday to share a snap of his the “creepy” finding in his grounds – a small bottle of green liquid containing a chunk of plaited hair…

Pride Month: The Satyr’s Kiss, Gay Witchcraft and other must-read books for queer witches
Female First
The books that are turning witchcraft on its queer head…

How to make a thousand witches with one Supreme Court decision
Religion News Service
Magic has always been, in lore and in life, a tool of the oppressed…

Why modern women are invoking their inner witch
From the #witchesofinstagram to a resurgence in the popularity of astrology and birth charts, Wicca, paganism, and a natural take on spirituality is blossoming…

When to see the Strawberry Supermoon of June 2022

The National
A Strawberry Supermoon will make for a glorious sight in the summer sky on the evening of Tuesday June 14…

Experience the summer solstice and Stonehenge without leaving the house
Salisbury Journal
English Heritage plan to make use of technology once more to enable enthusiasts to enjoy the summer solstice from the comfort of their own homes…

Summer solstice 2022: When the longest day of the year falls and midsummer traditions to celebrate
The Telegraph*
Over the centuries, the June solstice has inspired many festivals and midsummer celebrations involving bonfires, picnics, singing, watching the sun rise and Maypole dancing…

Shinto News

Malaysian royal intervention saves Japanese festival from Muslim critics
The Mainichi
The Sultan of Selangor on Wednesday instructed religious officials in the Malaysian state to allow its festival for Japan’s traditional summer Bon Odori dance to proceed next month despite calls from conservative Muslim groups for the event to be banned…

Straw dolls with pictures resembling Putin nailed on trees at several shrines in east Japan
The Mainichi
Straw dolls with a picture resembling Russian President Vladimir Putin attached to the head were found nailed to sacred trees and other trees in multiple shrines in the east Japan city of Matsudo between mid- and late May…

Japanese temple and shrine craftsmen now building world’s coolest doghouses, the Inudono
Osaka’s Bunkaizai Kozo Keikaku’s focus is preserving and renovating historical and classical buildings, particularly temples and shrines. They’re venturing into a new field, though, with the Inudono, coming from the Japanese words inu (“dog”) and dono (“feudal lord”)…

Challenging the myth of the male emperor: New light on the society of ancient Japan
Drawing on her research into the ancient queen Himiko and Japan’s female emperors, feminist historian Yoshie Akiko challenges widespread assumptions regarding the tradition of male succession to the imperial throne…

Other News

UK: Stone circle site discovered in Cornwall
The Wild Hunt
The site of an ancient stone circle has been discovered in Cornwall. The discovery was made at Castilly Henge, a prehistoric burial site, by Historic England (HE) and the Cornwall Archaeology Unit…

Metal detectorist in UK finds ancient Roman penis pendant
A metal detectorist recently discovered a silver, penis-shaped pendant in Kent, England that was likely worn around the neck to protect a person from misfortune around 1,800 years ago…

Every little thing they did was magic … or was it?
National Geographic
From royal rings to humble rocks, mystical objects were believed to shape human events throughout history. The powers they held reveals much about the hopes and fears of the people who believed in them…

‘Witch Hunts’ Past & Present

UK: Memorial for victims of Witchcraft Act could move closer
Border Telegraph
A first memorial in the Borders to honour people executed under the Witchcraft Act could move a step closer next week…

How faith-linked abuse is happening in the UK: ‘At 13 they called me a witch and I was beaten and starved’
A woman accused of being a ‘witch’ and causing her mother’s cancer as a child reveals details of the horrific cruelty she endured linked to faith, belief and superstition and urges other victims to come forward…

Liberia: 74-year-old woman brutally flogged for ‘being a witch’ in Grand Gedeh County
GNN Liberia
A 74 year-old woman reportedly sustained major bodily injuries after being flogged by a mob over allegations of  her being a ‘witch’…

India: Elderly women brutally beaten in public on suspicion of ‘practising witchcraft’

Times Now News
A horrific video has surfaced online of an elderly woman being beaten by a group of men supposedly on suspicion of ‘practising witchcraft’…

Witch-hunts and ritual child abuse are a stain on Africa. We must confront them
The Guardian
Thousands of children accused of witchcraft suffer ritual abuse every year – and those with albinism are the main victims…

Where the witches were men: A historian explains what magic looked like in early modern Russia
The Conversation
In Orthodox Russia accusers overwhelmingly blamed men for bewitching them and held different ideas of where the power of “magic” came from…

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