Pagan & Shinto News: Georgia Debates Its Ancient Animal Sacrifice Ritual

Pagan & Shinto News: Georgia Debates Its Ancient Animal Sacrifice Ritual June 19, 2022

Top stories of the week in Paganism and Shinto:

  • Georgia debates its ancient animal sacrifice ritual
  • Japanese senior citizen arrested for hammering voodoo dolls of Putin to Shinto shrine trees
  • UK: Anglo-Saxon burial ground unearthed at construction site in Buckinghamshire

Read more below…

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The festival Lomisoba in Georgia, 2011. travelgeorgia.ru, CC BY-SA 3.0

Pagan News

Georgia debates its ancient animal sacrifice ritual
Eurasianet
The mass slaughter of animals in the syncretic pagan-Christian Lomisoba festival is out of step with 21st-century mores, some Georgians argue…

UK: Pagans take action to detoxify their brand
The Times*
Pagans in the UK are stepping up their efforts to rid their religion from the taint of far-right extremism, Abigail Frymann Rouch reports…

The modern-day Celtic Druids of Ireland
The Irish Post
The Celtic Druid Temple in Castlerea is situated on a tranquil 16 acre nature preserve in north Roscommon. It’s here that a host of significant druidic events and festivals take place, including the Temple’s very own druid school…

Wiccan celebration of summer solstice is a reminder that change, as expressed in nature, is inevitable

Religion News Service
For Wiccans, midsummer, with the maximum hours of sunlight, is the time for celebrating new life…

Shinto News

Japanese senior citizen arrested for hammering voodoo dolls of Putin to Shinto shrine trees
SoraNews24
For a little over a month, straw figures called wara ningyo have been appearing at Shinto shrines in the town of Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, about 20 minutes east of Tokyo…

Crowds flock to Hokkaido Shrine Festival to mark arrival of summer
The Mainichi
The Hokkaido Shrine Festival, which heralds the arrival of summer in this northern Japan city, was recently held for the first time in three years, as four floats accompanied by some 1,200 people in traditional costumes paraded along the streets to the joy of huge crowds…

Adorable puppy charms produced at shrine in Japan
The Mainichi
Adorable puppy charms made from rice flour that are said to ward off bad luck when they crack due to drying, were recently produced at a shrine in this southwestern Japan city…

Other News

UK: Anglo-Saxon burial ground unearthed at construction site in Buckinghamshire
BBC
An Anglo-Saxon burial ground with 138 graves found along the route of HS2 is one of the largest ever uncovered in the UK, experts have said…

UK: London protest calls for return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece
Ekathimerini
Protesters inside London’s British Museum called for the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece Saturday…

‘Witch Hunts’ Past & Present

India: 75-year-old widow battered to death in suspected ‘witchcraft’ case
Hindustan Times
In case of suspected ‘witchcraft’ murder, a 75-year-old woman in tribal-dominated Mayurbhanj district in Odisha was found battered to death with a stone late Thursday night, police said…

A Mayan spiritual guide accused of ‘witchcraft’ in Guatemala, later released
Global Voices
Adela Choc Cuz, a member of the Q’eqchi’ Maya Ancestral Council of the El Estor municipality in eastern Guatemala, and her daughter Sandra Tec Choc, were released in the morning of May 17, after a group of people held them hostage,
accusing them of witchcraft and of inflicting critical health on a woman from the community…

When will African churches apologise for ‘witch’ persecutions?
News Ghana
The apology issued by the Church of Scotland for its role in capturing and torturing alleged witches in early modern Europe is an example and an initiative that churches in Africa must emulate…


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