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6-yr-old girl killed in bloody Bhanamati ritual

Usman Merchant

Last year, five-year-old Renuka was butchered in the same way by the practitioners of Bhanamati, a form of black magic practised in a Karnataka village for ‘power and wealth’

Bangalore: The gruesome murder of a six-year-old girl in a remote village in Gulbarga district has brought to fore the bizarre practice of Bhanamati, . . . → Read More: 6-yr-old girl killed in bloody Bhanamati ritual

Dreams That Predict The Future

By Parthena Black

Can dreams predict the future? There is surprisingly little scientific information available to provide concrete answers to this common question. While methods exist to test the abilities of individuals who claim to be psychic, I have been unable to find studies of this nature dealing specifically with dreams.

Accounts of predictive dreams . . . → Read More: Dreams That Predict The Future

That’s why the lady is a vamp

By Zoe Strachan

Vampires are all around us, in shops, supermarkets, the high street, everywhere – or so says a new book about the UK’s modern day vampire scene. After tucking a large crucifix under my jumper and a discreet stake in my handbag, I went to find out more from the author of Vampire . . . → Read More: That’s why the lady is a vamp

Shame-Broiled Steak

By Veronica Chater

Daniel, my 11-year-old son, recently looked up from his half-eaten chicken leg. “Meat is murder,” he declared. “From this day on, I will no longer eat it.” Daniel’s younger brothers, Cameron and Kyle, stopped chewing and stared at their plates. I stopped chewing. My husband John stopped chewing. “Are you serious?” I . . . → Read More: Shame-Broiled Steak

Youths film knifing of fellow student in possible Viking ritual

Two 17-year-old secondary school students from Plzen brutally attacked their 18- year-old classmate with a knife and filmed it with a video camera in what investigators believe might have been an occult Viking ritual, the daily Pravo reported yesterday.

Pravo notes that the case probably has no precedent in the history of modern day Czech . . . → Read More: Youths film knifing of fellow student in possible Viking ritual

Festival of colors

By Rebecca Yerger

Many of today’s holiday symbols date back to pre-Christian times and winter solstice observations. Frequently experts and historians can only speculate upon the origin of a symbol or its adaptation into Christmas traditions.

One such example is the holiday color scheme of red and green. One source concludes these holiday hues . . . → Read More: Festival of colors

A Look At Where Wicca (And Many Other Things) Started

Cambridge historians have been awarded a £1m grant to find out how much Victorian-era historians and scholars influenced, reinterpreted, and reinvented pre-Victorian history to fit their sensibilities. Some of the areas the project will be looking into will be writings on ancient Egypt, “the Merrie England of Good Queen Bess” (something that Ronald Hutton has . . . → Read More: A Look At Where Wicca (And Many Other Things) Started

Starhawk among Faith leaders to be celebrated

By peter Lazenby

DRAMA, music and film will be used at a Leeds event to celebrate religious leaders who have made a contribution to peace. Martin Luther King and the Dalai Lama will be featured alongside leaders from Pagan, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and other faiths at the Royal Armouries in Leeds on Sunday. The prestigious . . . → Read More: Starhawk among Faith leaders to be celebrated

Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

Great site about the Flying Spaghetti Monster as God. The Open Letter is fantastic and puts a little perspective on Intelligent Design.

“Let us remember that there are multiple theories of Intelligent Design. I and many others around the world are of the strong belief that the universe was created by a Flying Spaghetti Monster. . . . → Read More: Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

Asatru Refused Official Recognition

Danish Government Denies Norse Paganism is a Religion By L.P. Ruickbie

Asatru, the Pagan faith of the Old Gods of Northern Europe, has been refused official recognition as a religion by the Danish Ministry of Ecclesiastical Affairs, reports The Copenhagen Post.

Known in Denmark as Asa-troen, Asatru (‘faith in the Æsir (gods)’), is the country’s . . . → Read More: Asatru Refused Official Recognition