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Light and Darkness in Ancient Greek Myth and Religion

Reviewed by Liza Cleland

This conference volume (Patras 2007) covers a wide range of topics. The organising categories work well, although an afterword (drawing together various themes and overlaps) would have been useful. Colour semantics is a natural place to start, but many essays touch on seeing and visuality, so a more physical section (e.g. . . . → Read More: Light and Darkness in Ancient Greek Myth and Religion

Lammas

By Glaux

Lammas is the first of the three harvest festivals, and is sometimes called “first fruits”. It is a symbolic wake for the Sacred King (the Oak King) after his annual sacrifice. Although it seems here in the Midwest that summer is at its peak, Lammas marks the end of summer and the start . . . → Read More: Lammas

Emulating Nature for Better Engineering

UK researchers describe a novel approach to making porous materials, solid foams, more like their counterparts in the natural world, including bone and wood in the new issue of the International Journal of Design Engineering.

According to Carmen Torres-Sanchez of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh and Jonathan Corney of the Department . . . → Read More: Emulating Nature for Better Engineering

Anders Behring-Breivik, Christianity, and Violence

By Gus diZerega

There was quite the uproar in right wing circles once it became apparent that Anders Breivik, the Norway killer, saw himself as a Christian Knight riding forth to do battle with the Muslim hordes and slaughtering any Norwegian disloyal enough to treat them well. Even while radical Christian culture warrior Pat Buchanan . . . → Read More: Anders Behring-Breivik, Christianity, and Violence

150 human animal hybrids grown in UK labs

By Daniel Martin and Simon Caldwell

Scientists have created more than 150 human-animal hybrid embryos in British laboratories.

The hybrids have been produced secretively over the past three years by researchers looking into possible cures for a wide range of diseases.

The revelation comes just a day after a committee of scientists warned of a . . . → Read More: 150 human animal hybrids grown in UK labs

Community

Community was important to the religious practises of ancient Hellas. Temples were big social gathering places where the presence of the Theoi was felt. Community was how traditions were fostered and gave people a sense of shared experience.

That said, I do still think that community is important, nay, necessary to Hellenismos — but the . . . → Read More: Community

The Nine Noble Virtues of Asatru – Truth

By Karl Andresson

Truth cannot exist without having the Courage to speak it. Truth is the core virtue of the NNV because none of the other eight virtues will exist without it. Courage fosters truth, and the truth then furthers courage and with truth in your arsenal, you will become more steely in your . . . → Read More: The Nine Noble Virtues of Asatru – Truth

Blood & Mistletoe, by Ronald Hutton

Reviewed by Fionnchú

As the leading social historian of pagan movements today, Professor Hutton explores how the Druids, from the scant literary accounts left by their foes and by the few material traces left by themselves, have been interpreted over 2,000 years. He focuses upon their appropriation as cultural symbols, for better or worse, . . . → Read More: Blood & Mistletoe, by Ronald Hutton

Lúnasa with “The Family”

By Drew Jacob

What are your plans for this Lúnasa? Hold a ritual? Make offerings? I’d like to suggest a different perspective on the holiday, and some ways to celebrate it that many Pagans may not be familiar with.

For four years I’ve been a devotee of Lugh. I had felt a pull toward him . . . → Read More: Lúnasa with “The Family”

‘Trojan’ asteroid shares Earth’s orbit

Earth is not alone in its orbit around the Sun – a small ‘Trojan’ asteroid sits in front of our planet and leads it, according to British science revue Nature, which published the discovery Thursday.

This diminutive asteroid has a diameter of just 300 metres but is called a Trojan because of its particular position . . . → Read More: ‘Trojan’ asteroid shares Earth’s orbit