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Brothers fined for keeping ‘pet ghost’

A village council in eastern India has fined two brothers for keeping a pet ghost. Iswar and Haripada Murmu, of Akshaypur in West Bengal, were accused of owning a ghost after one of their wives died. An exorcist summoned by villagers claimed the brothers’ pet ghost was “responsible for a recent outbreak of disease in . . . → Read More: Brothers fined for keeping ‘pet ghost’

Woman aims to connect with dead at seminar

by James McGinnis

The late Johnny Carson once wryly observed that, “for three days after death, hair and fingernails continue to grow … but the phone calls taper off.” For Christine Duminiak of Bensalem, talking to the dead has become a lifelong calling. And it’s a talent she’s just dying to share with you Friday . . . → Read More: Woman aims to connect with dead at seminar

Witches of Ancient Greece & Rome

By Caroline Tully

Ancient Greek epics such as The Odyssey, and The Voyage of Argo tell of princely heroes destined for kingship who seek out legendary sorceresses, appealing to them to wield their magickal power for the sake of a royal line. Witches had pivotal roles in these stories, acting as guides for such heroes . . . → Read More: Witches of Ancient Greece & Rome

Wiccan veterans want parity

By M.L. Lyke

Hindus and Sufis and Buddhists got the OK. So did Mormons, Muslims and Christians. Even atheist veterans have their symbol engraved free on military headstones. Why, wonders Scott Stearns, can’t he?

“I would hope when I pass away that both my status as a vet and my religious belief would be on . . . → Read More: Wiccan veterans want parity

Samhain Shrines

By Fiona Blackwolf

As the nights grow colder and the leaves on the trees begin to turn, the veil between this world and the next grows thinner and we all become more aware of the passing of time. The Pagan holiday of Samhain honors this time and offers us an opportunity to celebrate the lives . . . → Read More: Samhain Shrines

Day of reckoning comes for Druids

Members of the Druid Order congregated and marched through Primrose Hill to mark the autumn equinox. Dozens of druids in white robes surprised passers-by when they walked through the park for the annual celebration at 1pm on Friday last week.

The druids formed a ritual circle at the crest of the ancient hill and made . . . → Read More: Day of reckoning comes for Druids

Pagans angry over ‘Operation Pagan’ name

Pagans have reacted with anger to Kent Police naming an autumn crackdown on crime “Operation Pagan”. The campaign is to cut anti-social behaviour in Ashford around key dates such as Halloween and Guy Fawkes Night. A spokesman for the Pagan Federation said it was “grossly irresponsible” to link the religion’s name to crime.

Kent Police . . . → Read More: Pagans angry over ‘Operation Pagan’ name

Teachers contract legislated

By Ian Bailey

Outraged leaders of the teachers’ union rushed to Vancouver last night to weigh their options after the B.C. government imposed a contract to head off the possibility of a full-blown strike this month. B.C. Teachers Federation president Jinny Sims called the move a “legislative hammer to punish the teachers of this province.”

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Witch Wars

Harry Potter Fuels Witchcraft vs. Christianity Controversy

By Glenn Wagner

For generations, story-telling has been used as a tool to educate and affect culture and values. Regardless of J.K Rowling’s motives, has Harry Potter become a literary device to introduce society and children to the age-old war between sorcery and Judeo-Christian values? Radio host/speaker and . . . → Read More: Witch Wars

Dalai Lama’s peace centre in Vancouver

The Dalai Lama has selected Vancouver for the world’s first peace centre to bear his name. Three Nobel Peace Prize winners sit on the board of advisers for the Dalai Lama Centre for Peace and Education, which is the brainchild of the Dalai Lama and his long-time friend Victor Chan of Bowen Island, B.C. The . . . → Read More: Dalai Lama’s peace centre in Vancouver