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Benedict’s Maledicts

by C.K. Raju Moral genocides: First let us notice that Christian priests waged a religious war against the “pagans” of the Roman empire, smashing all “pagan”  temples,[1]burning their books,[2]including, in particular, the Library of Alexandria,[3]and lynching those like Hypatia who differed, or exiling and confiscating the property of those who  refused to turn Christian. . . . → Read More: Benedict’s Maledicts

Fluffy Bunnies

Talk to twenty different pagans and ask them what their religion (or path in pagan speak) is and you will get 20 different answers. How many of them actually make any sense depends on who you ask. In fact, for most (what I call fluffy bunnies) the only thing they can tell you about being . . . → Read More: Fluffy Bunnies

The Straw Bikko

A tradition once found throughout Orkney at harvest time, was the manufacture of a “dog” from the last of the straw to be cut. This straw dog was known as the bikko, a name derived from the Old Norse word, “bikkja”, meaning “bitch”. The bikko was lifted to a prominent position in the stackyard, or . . . → Read More: The Straw Bikko

Lord of Mischief

Manannan is the son of the ancient sea god, Lir, of whom very little is actually known. He is, unless it is another Lir, mentioned in the very famous Irish legend The Fate of the Children of Lir, one of the three tragedies of Ireland. Aside from Lir, very little is clear about Manannan’s family. . . . → Read More: Lord of Mischief

Halloween in Ireland

Thousands of years ago there was a tribe of farmers called the Celts. They knew that the sun helped make their crops grow, so when autumn came the sun began to fade and they believed that the sun would be winter’s prisoner for six months. They were worried that the sun would not return so . . . → Read More: Halloween in Ireland

Crash Satan’s Birthday, Ruin Halloween

Use the links below to learn how to protect your Christian family from the coming demonic onslaught of skateboarding Wiccans, Devil Worshippers, and general mayhem that surrounds the most evil day of the year: Satan’s Birthday (Halloween) Organize a Book Burning:  Book burning is a Christian tradition that goes all the way back to the . . . → Read More: Crash Satan’s Birthday, Ruin Halloween

The Lakota Medicine Wheel 

By Marta Tarbell

Donald Warne lives in two worlds. An ordained Lakota medicine man – his Oglala Lakota name, “Pejuta Wicasa,” means “Medicine Man” – he works as a healer in the traditional way, focusing in equal measure on the physical, spiritual, emotional and intellectual elements of his patients. Warne is also a doctor of . . . → Read More: The Lakota Medicine Wheel 

Ancient Pet Cemeteries

Study Shows Ancient Peruvians Had Pet Cemeteries, Buried Pooches With Blankets and Treats. Even in ancient Peru, it seems dogs were a man’s best friend. Peruvian investigators have discovered a pre-Columbian culture of dog lovers who built pet cemeteries and buried their pets with warm blankets and even treats for the afterlife. “They are dogs . . . → Read More: Ancient Pet Cemeteries

Human Hands Emit Light

By Jennifer Viegas Human hands glow, but fingernails release the most light, according to a recent study that found all parts of the hand emit detectable levels of light. The findings support prior research that suggested most living things, including plants, release light. Since disease and illness appear to affect the strength and pattern of . . . → Read More: Human Hands Emit Light