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Stories from the Thousand and One Nights.

The Barber’s Story of His Second Brother

SO I said, Know, O Prince of the Faithful, that my second brother, whose name was El-Heddar, was going one day to transact some business, when an old woman met him, and said to him, O man, stop a little, that I may propose to thee a . . . → Read More: Stories from the Thousand and One Nights.

Hex/Heal — A Package Deal

Author: Kuldunia

The saying that ‘A Witch who cannot hex, cannot heal’ is one that generates a remarkable amount of tension and heated debate in modern Pagan society. As with many aphorisms, its very conciseness can lead to a variety of interpretations, from the extremely precise to the broadly general.

In order to support . . . → Read More: Hex/Heal — A Package Deal

Witch conference underway

by Nina Berland

Hundreds of women were burned at the stake in Norway’s northern city of Vardø in the early 1600s, accused of witchcraft. This week people gathered to draw parallels between the city’s dark history and modern-day discrimination. “If we’d lived 300 to 400 years ago, we’d probably have been burned at the stake, . . . → Read More: Witch conference underway

Wiccans moving to Rossville

By Tracy Moss

DANVILLE – After four years, a Wiccan school is leaving Hoopeston, but it’s not going far. This week, the new owners will be moving the school into its new location at 117 S. Chicago St. in downtown Rossville. “We’re very happy to go to Rossville,” said Don Lewis, the chief executive . . . → Read More: Wiccans moving to Rossville

Paganism in Utah

By Devin Felix There are witches among us. Scott G. Winterton, Deseret Morning NewsTara Sudweeks Willgues, also known as the Rev. Heron, says there are as many types of paganism as there are denominations of Christianity. Witchcraft, also known as Wicca, is one of hundreds of pagan religions followed around the world. And there are . . . → Read More: Paganism in Utah

Why Do Cats Hang Around Us?

By David Brown

(Hint: They Can’t Open Cans) Genetic Research Suggests Felines ‘Domesticated Themselves’. Your cat decided to live with you, not the other way around. The sad truth is, it may not be a final decision. But don’t take this feline diffidence personally. It runs in the family. And it goes back a long . . . → Read More: Why Do Cats Hang Around Us?

Keepers of the Faith

By STEVE COATES

In the summer of 423 B.C., Chrysis, the priestess of Hera at Argos, fell asleep inside the goddess’s great temple, and a torch she had left ablaze set fire to the sacred garlands there, burning the building to the ground. This spectacular case of custodial negligence drew the attention of the historian . . . → Read More: Keepers of the Faith

First Nations communities in crisis: report

Members of Canada’s First Nations communities are living in conditions comparable to those of developing countries, according to a new report.

The report, released by the North-South Partnership and prepared by a team of international humanitarian experts, focused their findings on the communities of Mishkeegogamang and Webequie First Nations communities in northwestern Ontario.

Read the . . . → Read More: First Nations communities in crisis: report

Stories from the Thousand and One Nights.

The Barber’s Story of His First Brother

KNOW, O Prince of the Faithful, that the first (who was named El-Bakbuk) was the lame one. He practised the art of a tailor in Baghdad, and used to sew in a shop which he hired of a man possessing great wealth, who lived over the . . . → Read More: Stories from the Thousand and One Nights.

Roma People – The Gypsies

The English term Gypsy (or Gipsy), originates from the Greek word ‘Aigyptoi’ in the erroneous belief that the Roma originated in Egypt, and were exiled as punishment for allegedly harboring the infant Jesus. This ethnonym is not used by the Roma to describe themselves, and is often considered pejorative. However, the use of “gypsy” in . . . → Read More: Roma People – The Gypsies