Unleash the Hounds! (Link Roundup)

Unleash the Hounds! (Link Roundup) January 8, 2012

There are lots of articles and essays of interest to modern Pagans out there, sometimes more than I can write about in-depth in any given week. So The Wild Hunt must unleash the hounds in order to round them all up.

That’s it for now! Feel free to discuss any of these links in the comments, some of these I may expand into longer posts as needed.

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17 responses to “Unleash the Hounds! (Link Roundup)”

  1. Jason: “when the reckoning for the African witch-hunts finally comes, more than a few fingers will be pointing at Western churches and missionaries.”

    These “fingers” include:
    Save the Children
    Human Rights Watch
    United Nation’s High Commission on Refugees

    Here are some quotes from reports by the above organizations:
    Save the Children, 2006: “The boom in revivalist churches is undoubtedly closely related to the accusations of witchcraft against children.” (link)
    Human Rights Watch, 2006: “more than 2,000 churches practice deliverance in Kinshasa alone. Some prophets who run these churches have gained celebrity-like status, drawing in hundreds of worshipers in lucrative Sunday services because of their famed ‘success’ in child exorcism ceremonies. This popularity rewards them for their often brutal treatment of children. Children who undergo deliverance rituals are sequestered inside churches anywhere from a few hours to several days or weeks. Many are denied food and water to encourage them to confess to practicing witchcraft. In the worst cases, children are beaten, whipped, or given purgatives, to coerce a confession.” (link)
    UNHCR, 2009: “There are apparently thousands of churches in the Democratic Republic of the Congo that make money by performing deliverance ceremonies and these are subject to very little, if any, oversight.131 The Minister of Social Affairs estimates that there might be as many as 50,000 children being held in churches—often in dismal conditions—as they await exorcism.” (link)
    UNICEF, 2010: “Churches, especially those belonging to the Pentecostal and prophetic movement (charismatic, revivalist, etc.), play an important role in the diffusion and legitimization of fears related to witchcraft, and in particular, child witches. The pastor‐prophet is an important figure in the process of accusing children of witchcraft, by effectively validating the presence of a ‘witchcraft spirit’. Pentecostalists, for example, present their faith as a form of divine armour against witchcraft, and they participate actively in the fight against Evil that is incarnated through witchcraft.”(link)

  2. There’s two classes of protectors – Worldly Protectors (includes the Four Heavenly Kings, Mountain Gods, Pehar, Rahula, etc.) and the Dharmapala or Wisdom Protectors (includes Yamantaka, Mahakala, Palden Lhamo, Ekajati, etc.). The chief separating characteristic is that Wisdom Protectors are enlightened (being the emanations of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas who appear in wrathful form to remove hindrances and obstacles to realizations), and Worldy Protectors aren’t. Thus one cannot take refuge in a Worldly Protector as they are not capable of assisting in the develop of Dharma within the mind of the practitioner, *however* you can make offerings to Worldly Protectors to increase your health, wealth, etc.

    That being said, the gompa I attend is a center affiliated with the FPMT (Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition – http://www.fpmt.org) and thus affiliated with the Gelugpa Tradition, and Dorje Shugden’s rituals are not practised there.

  3. But then, in very practical terms, must come the question, “What reckoning?” It would be very hard to find a government that takes anything said by any of those agencies seriously.

  4. There are two “reckonings” that I think are attainable:

    1. The preservation of traditional religions in Africa, which requires at the very least an abeyance of the advance of Christianity in Africa, and preferably a reversal of the spread of Christianity that Africa has witnessed over the last century.

    2. A decrease in the amount of support given to Christian “charity” groups operating in Africa. Much of this support comes from Americans and other westerners who have no idea that they are providing direct tangible support to a process of cultural genocide.

  5. Thanks for the mention, Jason. The second item is of just as great importance to me personally, as a Hungarian American. It is insane and sick – not just the treatment of all the newly de-certified religions, but also that the Constitution now places special emphasis on Hungary (no longer the Republic of Hungary, just Hungary) as a Christian nation tied to the Holy Crown, and also emphasizes the idea of ethnic Hungarians even though it’s becoming increasingly diverse (a tactic to make their neighbors angry?). I’ve also heard that it makes abortion illegal, or something to that effect, but I’m not able to find a recent article on that issue, just ones written during the drafting stage. Anyway, it’s a catastrophe and I think all of Europe should be paying attention. After all, if a basically neo-fascist government can make huge changes that attack democracy, open institutions, and human rights, and it’s allowed to stay a member of the EU, what does that portend for member states in the future? Interesting stuff.

  6. There is no issue whatsoever with polytheism vs. “non-theism” in Tibetan Buddhism. The Kalachakra teachings (which His Holiness is giving right now in Bodhgaya, India) involves 716 separate deities.

    His Holiness always makes it clear that everyone should be free to worship and practice as they please. He only insists that those who wish to be his students (that is, who wish to take initiation from him) need to follow his teaching, and part of his teaching is to discourage this particular practice.

  7. Being is known to want to kill or shorten the life of the Dalai Lamas, which isn’t kind to want to bring around said teacher if you value his life.

    The Kalachakra as taught by the Dalai Lama is done with a wide and diverse group and the teachings geared to basic Tibetan buddhist philosophy. He taught it this summer in DC.

  8. Wasn’t there an incident eight or nine years ago (I was still in High School then, so my understanding of the world was rather…infantile) where Austria’s then-new head of state was making far Right wing overtures and comments? I seem to recall hearing that the European community basically told him to knock it off or deal with them, because it was a fascist, racist leaning perspective. Perhaps that’ll happen this time.

    I can’t imagine that Hungary wants to alienate itself to Europe, especially in these rough economic times. Although with how Russia treats non-Orthodox religions, I guess anything can go.

  9. Thank you for watching Hungaria. It’s bad and getting worse, and the EU does – zilch. The USA are thinking of re-instituting Radio Free Europe, for crying out loud, that’s the dimension. I’m writing to the EU about this (much good it will do). Similar development, even worse: Ukraine. Public holidays celebrating freedoms have been moved to other dates, and now suddenly everything is ‘orthodox’ – the state, the constitution …. the church, of course, as in church of state.

  10. Radio Free Europe! Yikes, what’s old is new again. Have you, perhaps, an English-language link to that story?

  11. Here are the English-language ones I could find:





    I’m afraid I can’t say how serious the sources are, at a first glance they look normal. I’m a bit snowed under marking papers – about 300 or so it feels, so …

    I could not find anything on the US foreign secretary’s web site, but I didn’t check it all through.

    In Germany, this has been covered by the Sueddeutsche Zeitung (national quality paper), in Austria by “Die Presse” (ditto).

    Radio Free Europe covers Hungaria here:


    Of course Google always directs me to German sites first, even with English keywords (I know there’s more than google…)

    Well, I hope the sites help. Hungaria has basically shut down the last remaining independent radio station, which is part of the many problems.

  12. I am continually flabbergasted by the occultic beliefs and practices of some Christians and Christian movements. No Pagans I know pay such close attention to demonologies or explain so many events in the world as the doings of demons and occult powers.

    BTW, it looks to me like the Lumisource Voodoo Doll Wooden Coat Rack w/ Pin Coat Hangers is large enough to allow quite detailed accounts of where those demons did their touching…

  13. Dorje Shugden is the enlightened manifestation of Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom. Contrary to popular belief, he is working with the Dalai Lama hand in hand to make Dharma grow in the world.

    Dorje Shugden guided the Dalai Lama out of Tibet when it was dangerous for him to stay – which contradicted Nechung’s advice for him to not leave Tibet. The Dalai Lama is believed to be an emanation of Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion. The Dalai Lama practised Dorje Shugden for years before suddenly thinking that Dorje Shugden is a demon. How can the Buddha of Compassion not know that Dorje Shugden was a demon until later? It doesn’t make sense. Also, the Dalai Lama claimed that Dorje Shugden is shortening his life. He is now 76 years old and in the peak of health. I don’t think Dorje Shugden is shortening his life at all! Also, Dorje Shugden is the scapegoat for why Tibet hasn’t gained independence.

    I found a lot of information to alleviate much misconception about Dorje Shugden on http://www.dorjeshugden.com – the information there is both for and against – I think it’s useful for people to have more information and make up their own mind whether Dorje Shugden is evil or not.