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Profile on Native American Spirituality

Native American Spirituality Created by Michael Doak For the Religious Movements Homepage


The diversity of American Indian tribes precludes a comprehensive examination of their religions and their belief systems. Anthropologists have compiled a huge trove of information detailing practices and beliefs of many different groups; this information remains isolated from popular culture. While . . . → Read More: Profile on Native American Spirituality

Beltaine Fires

By Mara Freeman

When the gates of Beltaine swing open on May 1, sunlight and blossom welcome the procession of the year into the green halls of summer. At Imbolc we rejoiced at the return of light; now we celebrate life, growth, love and sexuality: “the force that drives the green fuse through the . . . → Read More: Beltaine Fires

The Pack Of Ragamuffins

The cock once said to the hen, “It is now the time when the nuts are ripe, so let us go to the hill together and for once eat our fill before the squirrel takes them all away.” “Yes,” replied the hen, “come, we will have some pleasure together.” Then they went away to the . . . → Read More: The Pack Of Ragamuffins

Government pot rejected by legal users

By Dennis Bueckert

Nearly a third of the patients who got marijuana through Health Canada’s medical access program have returned the product, says an activist who sees that as proof that federal pot isn’t worth smoking.

“High school students in a cupboard could grow a product that is better and safer than what we’re . . . → Read More: Government pot rejected by legal users

Cow cut, drained in Arborg


Mutilation mystifies… An Arborg cattle farmer made a horrific discovery Monday when he found the partially skinned carcass of one of his animals that was missing its tongue and apparently drained of its blood. “The whole thing has turned out to be more sinister than I thought,” said Yvonne, a neighbour, who . . . → Read More: Cow cut, drained in Arborg

Early human fire mastery revealed

By Paul Rincon

Human-like species migrating out of their African homeland had mastered the use of fire up to 790,000 years ago, the journal Science reports. The evidence, from northern Israel, suggests species such as Homo erectus may have been surprisingly sophisticated in their behaviour.

The find links earlier evidence of controlled fire . . . → Read More: Early human fire mastery revealed

Gardeners declare war on hungry cottontails

By Dave Rogers

Like gangs of looters, voracious rabbits are already munching through Ottawa’s early herbs, shrubs and perennials as appetizers for the vegetables that will grow later. Biologists say eastern cottontails are near the peak of their population cycle and are spreading because of ideal conditions their human neighbours are providing.

Cottontails prefer open . . . → Read More: Gardeners declare war on hungry cottontails

Toronto mayor in trouble after comment on cops

Toronto Mayor David Miller was caught on tape making an unflattering comment about corruption in the city’s police force on Thursday.

Miller made the comment to Robert Finch, the Lord Mayor of London, England, following a news conference at the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Believing the cameras had been switched off, Miller said to Finch “Is . . . → Read More: Toronto mayor in trouble after comment on cops

Medieval congress draws scholars from around world

The Korean medievalists are coming. And so are the Canadians, the Russians, the Hungarians and the Czechs, to name a few. Those scholars and about 3,000 others from around the world are slated to gather on the campus of Western Michigan University May 6-9 for the 39th International Congress on Medieval Studies.

Researchers, students, . . . → Read More: Medieval congress draws scholars from around world

The Strange Case of Homeopathy

By Michael Castleman

In 1994, NASA computer scientist Amy Lansky of Portola Valley, California, began wondering about her two-year-old son. Max knew the alphabet and could beat adults at memory games, but he barely spoke and, despite normal hearing, didn’t seem to understand language. At preschool he was a loner. His main form of communication . . . → Read More: The Strange Case of Homeopathy