Pagan & Shinto News: Police investigating after fire destroys Pagan goddess sculpture in Ireland

Pagan & Shinto News: Police investigating after fire destroys Pagan goddess sculpture in Ireland October 9, 2022

Top stories of the week in Paganism and Shinto:

  • Ireland: Police investigating after fire destroys Pagan goddess sculpture
  • Lithuanian parliament rejects Romuva religion again despite ECHR decision
  • UK: Woman using the power of film to help pardon the Pendle Witches

Read more below…

The Harp of Erin by Thomas Buchanan Read. Erin is another name for Eiriu, the Irish goddess whose sculpture was destroyed.

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Pagan News

Lithuanian parliament rejects Romuva religion again despite ECHR decision
The Wild Hunt
The Lithuanian parliament, the Seimas, has once again rejected state recognition of Romuva, the Indigenous traditional Baltic Pagan religion of the nation…

India: Mumbai’s witches come together to celebrate Samhain
Mid-Day
A group of practitioners of Wicca gathered as the sun set on Tuesday evening, to celebrate the onset of Halloween by performing an abundance ritual for prosperity and good luck…

UK: ‘Voodoo dolls’ in box found during Edinburgh river clean-up
Edinburgh Evening News
A box of “voodoo dolls” has been found during a clean-up operation in Edinburgh…

US: Actress Vanessa Hudgens set to star in documentary about learning witchcraft

Mirror
It’s thought that Vanessa Hudgens will be part of Dead Hot: Season Of The Witch where she’ll learn about witchcraft and ghost hunting…

TikTok witches say Tom Brady’s career is over after spells cast by Gisele will end
SB Nation
Tom Brady’s career is about to come crashing down after a series of protective wards and spells cast on him by Gisele Bunchen will cease following their divorce. This, according to witches, who are all over TikTok explaining how Tom wronged a witch, now he has to feel her wrath…

US: Inside the hidden world of modern-day witches and Pagans in Connecticut
CT Insider
Camp Cedarcrest in Orange is the setting for the Connecticut Wiccan & Pagan Network’s (CWPN) August Harvest Gathering, one of several such events the nonprofit educational and networking organization hosts across the state throughout the year…

US: Meet the Pagans and Wiccans of Middle Tennessee

WPLN
Nashville is known as the Buckle on the Bible Belt. However, the city is home to a diversity of religions and traditions, including Paganism…

US: The Pagans of Athens
The Red & Black
According to Foley, the chief financial officer of Athens Area Pagans, Paganism is all about presence…

Greeks return to worshipping gods of ancient Greece
Greek Reporter
Some Greeks have returned to worshipping the ancient gods as groups dedicated to the adoration of the Greek Pantheon spring up across modern-day Greece…

UK: Where jewellery meets art and witchcraft
Creative Review
Mark Mcleish mixes his skills in jewellery and magic to create daily pieces of wearable art, which he is exhibiting for the first time at the Weavers Factory in Greater Manchester…

Denmark: Meet the ex-Christian pagan folk vocalist on a mission to help metal fans discover their inner shaman

Louder Sound
From Bible studies to mummified warriors, Nordic tattoos and shamanism – inside the unique world of Heilung’s vocalist Kai Uwe Faust…

A bit of Hocus Pocus
The Wild Hunt
Hocus Pocus 2, appeared exclusively on the Disney+ streaming service on September 30. The Wild Hunt invited several Pagans to provide their reactions to the film…

Here’s what angel numbers actually mean
The Post
People all over the world are fascinated when they open their phone at exactly 3:33, do a double take when their order total comes out to exactly $5.55 and make a wish every time the clock hits 11:11…

Shinto News

Mud gods in Okinawa festival scare children to bring them good luck
The Mainichi
A traditional festival where men dress up as muddy supernatural creatures in a bid to drive away evil spirits and bring good luck to residents was held here on Oct. 5 for the first time in three years…

Nara deer’s antlers receive a trimming
The Japan News
Deer are having their antlers trimmed at an annual event in Nara this long weekend…

A visit to one of Japan’s motorcycle Shinto shrines
SoraNews24
There are 17 motorcycles shrines that have been sanctioned by the Japan Motorcycle Association…

Other News

Ireland: Police investigating after fire destroys Pagan goddess sculpture
TheJournal.ie
Police have launched an investigation after a large wooden sculpture featured on Waterford’s Greenway route was destroyed in a fire. It was erected earlier this year as a biodiversity project in tribute to an Irish mythological goddess called Éiriu…

Shrine with never-before-seen ritual discovered in Egyptian temple

IFL Science
Archaeologists have discovered a shrine in a temple in Egypt that describes a ritual never seen before…

UK: Ancient skulls discovered in Yorkshire Dales cave date back to ritual burials over 5,000 years ago
The Yorkshire Post
Ancient skulls discovered in a Grassington cave have long been shrouded in mystery as to the secrets they house. Now new findings suggest they are much older than first thought – predating even the earliest earthworks at Stonehenge…

UK: Pendle Hill named ‘most haunted place in the UK’
Lancashire Telegraph
Pendle Hill has been named as the most ‘haunted spot’ of the UK by holiday lettings company holidaycottages.co.uk…

Chile: Easter Island statues damaged by fire
BBC
A fire has damaged the enigmatic statues on Easter Island, with some of the charring said to be irreparable…

UK: Brentwood’s Stonehenge style artwork can stay, council says
BBC
A concrete artwork resembling Stonehenge can stay for at least 18 months, a council has decided…

Anne Rice fans get first look at AMC’s ‘Mayfair Witches’
Nola
Less than a week after AMC resurrected New Orleans novelist Anne Rice’s iconic “Interview with the Vampire” as a TV series, audiences are getting their first look at “Mayfair Witches,” the eight-episode next installment in what the network is calling the Anne Rice Immortal Universe…

How witches cast their spell on art history
Hyperallergic
From Remedios Varo to Francisco de Goya, artists have long turned to witchcraft as subject matter…

The 18 best witch movies, from ‘Suspiria’ to ‘Hocus Pocus’

IndieWire
From Robert Eggers’ New England folk tale to the nature-worshipping weirdos of “The Craft,” these are the most magical movies about witches and witchcraft…

‘Witch hunts’ past and present

UK: Woman using the power of film to help pardon the Pendle Witches
Burnley Express
A Barrowford woman is using the power of film to help pardon the Pendle Witches…

India: People thrash woman, tie her to electric pole naked over witchcraft suspicion in Darbhanga
APN
A woman was beaten by a mob mercilessly after branding her as a ‘witch’ in Bihar’s Darbhanga…

Nigeria: Benue youths mob two to death over ‘witchcraft’
Punch
Two people were reportedly mobbed to death by irate youths at Mbaaku Mbasombo in Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue State over the alleged killing of people through ‘witchcraft’…

Nigeria: Actress Mercy Aigbe’s sister burns down mum’s house over allegation of ‘witchcraft’, favouritism

The Will
Dr Patience, the older sister to Nollywood actress, Mercy Aigbe, has taken her anger against her mother to the extreme by burning down the house she lives in. The bone of contention stems from Dr Patience accusing their mother of being a witch and using her witchcraft activity against her to the advantage of her other popular daughter, Mercy…

US: ‘Community at its absolute worst’: revisiting the horror of the Salem witch trials
The Guardian
At a new exhibition at the New-York Historical Society, a ‘reckoning and reclaiming’ is taking place with a devastating portion of history…


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