Pagan & Shinto News: Census in England and Wales shows increase in Pagans

Pagan & Shinto News: Census in England and Wales shows increase in Pagans December 3, 2022

Top stories of the week in Paganism and Shinto:

  • Census in England and Wales shows increase in Pagans
  • Japanese folk dances approved as UNESCO intangible heritage
  • Most Americans endorse at least some aspects of the new-age spiritual movement

Read more below…

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Pagan News

2021 Census for England and Wales shows declines in Christian faith, increases in Paganism and other beliefs
The Wild Hunt
The census is conducted every 10 years by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). It’s currently attracting the attention of the national press, as some of the statistics are indicative of a significant rise in the numbers of people who describe themselves as Pagan, of various forms…

2021 Census for England and Wales shows declines in Christian faith, increases in Paganism and other beliefs
The Wild Hunt
The census is conducted every 10 years by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). It’s currently attracting the attention of the national press, as some of the statistics are indicative of a significant rise in the numbers of people who describe themselves as Pagan, of various forms…

Most Americans endorse at least some aspects of the new-age spiritual movement
YouGov
Popularized in the U.S. in the 1960s and 70s, and influenced by earlier spiritual and religious movements from around the world, the new-age movement includes ideas that are embedded in the belief systems of many Americans…

The gifts of Wicca
World Religion News
Contrary to misconceptions of witches that have bred fear and led to the torture and slaughter of many thousands of innocents, the Wiccan faith involves no precept beyond “Harm none and do as you will,” and no dogma beyond bringing positive energy, respecting the planet, acknowledging the law of karma and encouraging love always…

8 WitchTokers to follow to add some magic to your FYP
SheKnows
Whether you’re looking to imbue some magic into your cooking, your wardrobe, or your life in general, I guarantee there is a witchy creator whose content will charm you…

Shinto News

Japanese folk dances approved as UNESCO intangible heritage
The Japan Times*
The 41 regional dances, which originated in medieval times, have been passed down through the generations and are performed by communities to commemorate their ancestors, pray for good harvests or rain, or seek protection from disasters…

Kyoto shrine prepares for year of the rabbit
NHK World
A shrine in Japan’s ancient capital is getting ready for the New Year…

Japanese swordsmiths perform ancient ritual in wish for peace
NHK World
For the first time in almost a century, swordsmiths have performed a traditional ritual at a Shinto shrine in a western Japanese town famous for making swords…

Bamboo lights brighten Tokyo shrine with vibrant colors
The Japan News
A cozy, centuries-old shrine tucked in a tranquil residential area near bustling tourist hot spots in the Asakusa district and Tokyo Skytree area of the capital, has recently seen an increase in visitors…

Munakata Taisha: A World Heritage Site offers glimpses of Japan’s past
Nippon.com
Okinoshima Island and Related Sites in the Munakata Region were inscribed as a World Heritage site in 2017…

“Tengu”: The birdlike demons that became almost divine
Nippon.com
A familiar figure to visitors to Japanese shrines and temples, the long-nosed tengu is a supernatural being that inhabits mountainous areas…

History, culture and words behind Shinto shrines in Japan
Japan Today
Jinja (shrines) are everywhere in Japan—more than 100,000…

10 best anime inspired by Japanese mythology
CBR
In Japanese mythology, each god has their own story and message, lending inspiration to modern anime creators…

Other News

Across the US, Native Americans are fighting to preserve sacred land
Religion News Service
In what they call a “holy war” to save their sacred site in Arizona known as Oak Flat, the Apache people have gathered in prayer with other Native American tribes, even those they’ve historically been pitted against, such as the Akimel O’odham, or River People, of the southwestern United States…


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