by Gus diZerega
This is my second reason for being very skeptical about the interest on so many pagans’ part in our having a “clergy.” Words shape our experience and perception, even for something as seemingly pre-linguistic as taste. The meaning of a word is based in large part on how it relates to similar . . . → Read More: The Perils of Pagan Clergy (2)
I am constantly amazed by the misperceptions, rumors and outright BS that still exist today concerning what Traditionalist witches do, especially given the relative ease in communication nowadays versus a decade or two ago.
I mean seriously…..if I have to hear that old saw about how we’re all such a bunch of old, stagnating sticks . . . → Read More: Having my cake, eating it too
by Ben Hoyle
From the moment that they ransacked a remote priory at Lindisfarne in 793, the Vikings have had a bad press. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle’s entry for the year says that the raiders made “lamentable havoc in the church of God in Holy-island, by rapine and slaughter”, fixing the popular image of the Vikings . . . → Read More: The Vikings did a lot for us
So neo-Paganism, in all its many forms, is a radically different religious experience, unique perhaps in the whole history of religious expressions. We’re not encouraged by parents, society or tradition (quite the opposite in many cases, I suspect) – we’re doing something new here, albeit something new inspired by something very old.
Something that’s been . . . → Read More: Holy, Holy, Holy
A 150-year-old mystery has reared its head after a woman woke to find ‘Satan’s hoofprints’ dotted across freshly fallen snow in her back garden. The single track of cloven-like prints – which appear to have been made by a two-legged creature – precisely resemble footprints recorded in the area in 1855. The phenomenon, which has . . . → Read More: Ancient mystery returns as ‘Satan’s hoofprints’
A myth “How human appeared on earth” about a maiden and an eight-legged reindeer was written down in Chubukulakh, Mid-Kolyma district of Yakutia, in 1978 by professor Vasily Afanasievich Robbeck according to a story told by Even Semyon Egorovich Dyachkov, born in 1919. The English translation is published by Yuri Klitsenko according to book V.A. . . . → Read More: Eight-Legged Reindeer
Here on Smith campus, students often try to educate themselves about diverse socio-cultural groups. Paganism, however, seems to be a topic that has escaped many, perhaps reflecting the public’s general perception of this minority religion as completely mystifying.
Smith has its own Association of Smith Pagans (ASP), with a very familiar structure and set . . . → Read More: Association of Smith Pagans aims to educate
Quite a lot of interesting new publications seem to be in the offing at the moment. Katja Schultz sends details of volume 6 of the Frankfurt Edda Commentary–unquestionably one of the most important and useful projects in the field in recent years, which together with volumes 4-5 covers the eddic heroic poems.
The commentary . . . → Read More: Two Edda Commentaries
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission yesterday released its enforcement and litigation statistics for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2008. They show an overall 15% rise in workplace discrimination complaints from the prior year. The number of religious discrimination complaints went up 13.6%, from 2,880 in 2007 to 3,273 in 2008. (Charge statistics.) The . . . → Read More: EEOC Data Shows Rise In Religious Discrimination Complaints
Recipes on this page:
- Ardshane House Irish Stew – Avgolemeno (Egg-Lemon Soup) – Egg Nog – Frybread – Honey & Orange Tea Loaf – Hot Cross Buns with Lemon Frosting – Lemonaide – Mixed Greens with Raspberry Vinaigrette – Pashka (Russian Easter Cake) – Queen’s Biscuits – Roast Leg of Lamb – Rosemary Potatoes
. . . → Read More: Recipes for Oestara