Pagan & Shinto News: Stunningly preserved bronze statues of gods found in Italy

Pagan & Shinto News: Stunningly preserved bronze statues of gods found in Italy November 13, 2022

Top stories of the week in Paganism and Shinto:

  • Stunningly preserved bronze statues of gods found in Italy
  • Hundreds accused after woman is burned alive ‘for being a witch’ in Indian village
  • US: Japanese Shichi-go-san rite-of-passage services see increase in demand

Read more below…

Bronze statue of Hygieia. Gary Todd from Xinzheng, China, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons.

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Pagan News

UK: House with standing stones which belonged to ‘Arch Druid’ goes on the market
Cornwall Live
A house which used to belong to a man who proclaimed himself ‘Arch Druid of Cornwall’ is up for sale…

Isle of Man: Talk on the ‘father of modern witchcraft’ who lived in the island released online
Isle of Man Today
A talk about Gerard Gardner, ‘the father of modern witchcraft’ and his time in the island has been released online…

US: Ball State Society of Earth-Based Religions club in Muncie advocates religious tolerance
Ball State Daily
Club brings tarot card readings to students on campus…

UK: London’s oldest occult bookshop is a ‘must visit for every discerning witch’
My London
The bookshop used to host the coven meetings of ‘the father of modern witchcraft’, and today attracts people from all over the world…

Got enemies? Try a Jewish Incantation Bowl
New Voices
As Gen Z and millennial Jews embark on personal spiritual journeys, many have gravitated toward constructing new identities and practices that blend traditional practices with folk rituals, kabbalah, and contemporary occult practices…

Shinto News

US: Japanese Shichi-go-san rite-of-passage services see increase in demand
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Oahu organizations offering services for Shichi-go-san, the annual Japanese rite-of-passage celebration, are noticing an increase in demand as COVID-19 concerns decline…

Shichi-go-san: Take the picture, skip the ceremony
The Japan Times*
It feels like yesterday that she was only 3 years old, wrapped in colorful cloth and dolled up for her Shichi-Go-San ceremony at our local shrine…

Ishikawa: Ritual bonfire lights up festival
The Japan News
The Yukawa Bonbori Matsuri, held for the first time in three years, was lit up by 500 bonbori traditional lanterns…

Shimane: Gacchi Festival back again in Matsue after coronavirus cancellations
The Japan News
The Gacchi Festival, which began over 100 years ago, was held on Oct. 23 in the Nonami district of Matsue for the first time since 2019, after being canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic…

Tomo-chan Is a Girl! TV anime cast pray for success at Tokyo’s Suga Shrine
Director Hitoshi Nanba provided an illustration for the ema, a wooden tablet that’s hung up at a shrine or temple after a prayer is written on it, on behalf of the staff and cast to pray for the anime to be a big hit.

Other News

Stunningly preserved bronze statues of gods found in Italy
Depicting Hygieia, Apollo and other Greco-Roman gods, the figures are said to be around 2,300 years old…

Ancient Greek figures of Demeter unearthed at Crete
Greek Reporter
Hundreds of ancient Greek artifacts, including clay figurines of female figures dedicated to the Greek goddess Demeter, were discovered at the ancient Phalasarna Acropolis in Crete., the Greek Ministry of Culture announced on Friday…

Protective childbirth tattoos found on ancient Egyptian mummies
Live Science
Some ancient Egyptian mothers got tattoos that were likely meant to protect them during childbirth and during the postpartum period, an analysis of their mummies reveals…

Enchanted ancient Egyptian amulet seal found in Türkiye’s Amasra
Daily Sabah
An enchanted amulet stamp seal, thought to belong to the ancient Egyptians, has been discovered during archaeological excavations in the ancient city of Amastris in the Amasra district of northern Türkiye’s Bartın…

UK: Stonehenge tunnel – National Trust reject motion to rethink support
Salisbury Journal
National Trust members voted against a motion asking the charity to rethink its support for a £1.7 billion two-mile tunnel for the A303 near Stonehenge…

Stonehenge lit up by a rainbow after a week of storms and downpours
The Sun
Stonehenge is seen in a new light as the sun finally comes out after a week of storms and downpours…

Turks triggered by image of Greek God Kratos in Istanbul metro
Greek City Times
The image of the “Greek God” seems to have angered some in Turkey, and specifically in Istanbul, who were disturbed when they saw the Metro carriages advertising God of War…

10 best games that take inspiration from Greek mythology
Game Rant
Fans of Greek mythology have a huge variety of great games to choose from. The following titles are some of the best games inspired by Greek mythos…

The twenty most famous movies based on Greek mythology
Greek Reporter
The timeless stories portrayed in Greek mythology have been reinterpreted for modern audiences in engaging and beloved movies many times over…

UK: ‘A stone circle older than Stonehenge’ – Welsh forest walks steeped in folklore
The Guardian
Celtic rainforests, druid sites and tales of an enchanted lake add wonder to these walks in nature…

Senegal to use witch doctors so Sadio Mane makes World Cup, says FIFA secretary general
Daily Star
Fatma Samoura, the No. 2 to Gianni Infantino at FIFA, told Europe 1 her country “are going to use witch doctors”…

South Africa: White sangoma Dan Paige explains how he got into the business of healing
White Inyanga, Dan Paige, also known by his ancestral name Toothaker says that as a white person, he identifies with being inyanga…

‘Witch hunts’ past and present

Hundreds accused after woman is burned alive ‘for being a witch’ in Indian village
The Independent*
A search is underway to identify attackers that burnt an oppressed caste woman alive on suspicion of ‘witchcraft’ in India’s eastern state of Bihar…

India: Odisha man beheaded by nephew over ‘witchcraft’ suspicion
Hindustan Times
A 60-year-old man in tribal-dominated Mayurbhanj district was allegedly beheaded by his nephew over suspicions that he ‘practised witchcraft’, police said…

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