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Exhuming the Vampire

By Liam Rogers The vampire has long been a source of morbid fascination, particularly for authors of gothic fiction. Although The Vampyre – Polidori’s uninspired pilfering of an unfinished tale by Lord Byron in 1819 – sparked a hugely popular revival in vampire literature that eventually led, in 1897, to Bram Stoker’s Dracula (and its . . . → Read More: Exhuming the Vampire

Five years after 9/11, the ACLU considers Christians the terrorists

By Alan Sears Joe Cook has long since apologized for what he said last summer. Although he is director of the Louisiana chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, and strenuously opposed to anything resembling prayer in public schools or God in public life, he says he wasn’t speaking for the ACLU – or, curiously, . . . → Read More: Five years after 9/11, the ACLU considers Christians the terrorists

From Broker to Tarot Cards

By Molly Shen In September 2001, Dan Pelletier found a dream job. He showed up for training at the World Trade Center on the worst possible day. In September of 2001, Dan Pelletier believed he found his dream job. “I liked it. I liked the market,” he describes. “I liked the numbers.” He landed . . . → Read More: From Broker to Tarot Cards

First Nations actors line up for roles in Wounded Knee

By CBC Arts Hundreds of First Nations people from southern Alberta are being hired for a made-for-TV movie based on the book Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. The HBO production is casting now for a shoot beginning later this month. The film is to be directed by Quebec-born Yves Simoneau, who also directed Marie-Antoinette . . . → Read More: First Nations actors line up for roles in Wounded Knee

What is… Belly Dancing?

by Helen Donnelly The perception of bellydancers as ‘stripping for wimps’ is diminishing and thanks to its  growing popularity a  greater understanding is finally emerging. Most people, nowadays, are familiar, to varying degrees, with its history as an ancient dance originating in North Africa, Arabia and parts of India, designed by women for women’s wellbeing. . . . → Read More: What is… Belly Dancing?

Naturism – The Freedom to be Yourself

Following the Druid Way involves leading a way of life that helps us get back in touch with the Natural world. As Druids we find our spiritual nourishment in the sense of joy and communion we experience out in the woods, by the sea, standing on top of a hill gazing at the panorama around . . . → Read More: Naturism – The Freedom to be Yourself

The Love Spell

by Deborah Caldwell

Phyllis Curott is an author, attorney and Wiccan high priestess. One of the Wiccan spiritual movement’s most influential theologians, Curott lectures and teaches internationally, and is also the Wiccan representative to Harvard University’s Religious Pluralism Project Consultation on Religious Discrimination and Accommodation. Curott, 50, describes The Love Spell as a true story . . . → Read More: The Love Spell

Pagans show pride

by Joshua Curtis Pagan Sterling Kyle said monotheistic religions view their god as being one pane of glass. Pagans see that glass as broken into many pieces, he said. “I look at Christianity, Islam and paganism. When you strip all the dogma, don’t harm your neighbor,” he said. “Be a good person – someone supportive . . . → Read More: Pagans show pride

Stone Age female statue unearthed

Archaeologists have unearthed the largest Neolithic female figurine ever found in Italy, according to a press report . The 7,000-year-old stone statuette, discovered during excavations of a burial site near the northern Italian city of Parma, is over 20 centimetres tall, the archaeological monthly Archeo reported . It depicts a woman with an oval face, . . . → Read More: Stone Age female statue unearthed

Nut, Sky Goddess, Mother of the Gods

To the ancient Egyptians Nut (Nuit) was the personification of the sky (originally she was a goddess of just the sky at day, where the clouds formed) and the heavens. She was believed to be the daughter of the gods Shu and Tefnut, the granddaughter of the sun god Ra. Her husband was also her . . . → Read More: Nut, Sky Goddess, Mother of the Gods