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Hostility Towards Mysticism Among Hellenic Polytheists

By Kullervo

There is some hostility to mysticism out on the Hellenic Internet, mostly as a reaction to and a bulwark against the real and perceived mystical excesses of modern New Age and Neopaganism. But I think it gets taken much too far. It’s one thing to be skeptical about other peoples claims of . . . → Read More: Hostility Towards Mysticism Among Hellenic Polytheists

Free-Range Kids, by Leonore Skenazy

Reviewed by Bryan Caplan

While writing Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids, I’ve been reading a lot of popular parenting books. I’m pleased to report that I finally found one that I love: Lenore Skenazy’s Free-Range Kids. Most of the competition tries to be wise, down-to-earth, and funny, but only Skenazy pulls it off. And . . . → Read More: Free-Range Kids, by Leonore Skenazy

Bog Bodies

by J Frater

Bog Bodies, or the Bog People, are extremely well preserved and ancient corpses that have been discovered all over northwestern Europe. Typically Bog Bodies are found when workers drain sphagnum bogs and extract the peat moss. No one knows for sure how many Bog People have been uncovered in the past. Today, . . . → Read More: Bog Bodies

Combining the Major Religions with Wicca

By Julie Cornewell

I am an eclectic pagan. To non-pagans who don’t understand that term, I refer to myself as a “spiritual mutt.” I almost always feel like a spiritual “jack of all trades, master of none.” I have longed to truly dedicate myself to one Wiccan tradition or pagan spiritual system. I started out . . . → Read More: Combining the Major Religions with Wicca

Introduction to Irish Mythology

By CelticScholar

There are three main manuscript sources for Irish mythology; the first is The Book of the Dun Cow dating from the twelfth century CE, the Book of Leinster dating from the early twelfth century CE, and the Rawlinson manuscript B 502 dating from between 1100 and 1130 CE. Most of the material . . . → Read More: Introduction to Irish Mythology

God’s Wife, God’s Servant, by Mariam F. Ayad

Reviewed by Shefytbast

I pulled this from the library shelves because I was interested in the subject of women in priestly or priestlike roles in ancient Egypt. After a general historical overview of the title “God’s Wife of Amun,” the book focuses on five women from the Third Intermediate and Late Periods who held that . . . → Read More: God’s Wife, God’s Servant, by Mariam F. Ayad

Bog woman given a face

A 2000-year-old body found in a northeastern Jutland bog has received a makeover – coroner style The female known as the Auning Woman, found in a northeastern Jutland bog 1886, and housed at the Museum for Culture and History in Randers, has finally got a face. Reasonably well-preserved when she popped up from the . . . → Read More: Bog woman given a face

Mythmakers and Lawbreakers, ed. by Margaret Killjoy

Reviewed by Natalie Ballard

When the term “anarchy” is heard, most people think of the “circle-A” graffiti on crumbling buildings and the T-shirts of punk rock kids, or else imagine a state of complete lawlessness and the breakdown of society. Popular culture does nothing to dispel these collective thoughts. In theory and philosophy, anarchy refers . . . → Read More: Mythmakers and Lawbreakers, ed. by Margaret Killjoy

Wolf Moon – Year’s Biggest Full Moon

by Andrew Fazekas

The biggest full moon of 2010 will rise in the east and it’ll appear with a bright sidekick: Mars will cozy up just to the left of the supersize moon.

January’s full moon is also called the wolf moon, according to Native American tradition associating this month’s full moon with wolves howling . . . → Read More: Wolf Moon – Year’s Biggest Full Moon

The Burning of Margaret Murray

By Fire Lyte

Stop me if you’ve heard this before. There existed a pan-European, pre-Christian religion – called the “Old Religion” – that centered on a triple-Goddess and a horned God. This Goddess and God were worshipped by covens of thirteen witches who held ritual sabbats led by a High Priest and High Priestess. The . . . → Read More: The Burning of Margaret Murray