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Ancient Chinese coin brought good luck in Yukon

By Rossella Lorenzi

The discovery of a puzzling 340-year-old coin etched with traditional Chinese characters in Canada’s Yukon territory suggests that the area was already aflurry with trading even before the Gold Rush.

Minted during the Qing Dynasty reign of Emperor Kangxi, the coin is 60 percent copper and 40 percent zinc. It was cast . . . → Read More: Ancient Chinese coin brought good luck in Yukon

Washington couple completes full-sized replica of Stonehenge

By Lauren Vardy

and Jillian Beale’s private construction of what is thought to be the world’s only life-size replica of the ancient Stonehenge Druid ruins on their 1,066 acre Merivale Road property has now reached completion. The nine-month project began for the actual structure began with digging in the final week of January, with the . . . → Read More: Washington couple completes full-sized replica of Stonehenge

Hindu women in India give new voice to once all-male Vedic mantra chanting

By Alka Pande

For centuries, Indian women were forbidden from chanting Vedic Mantras, especially in public, out of fear the power of the religious verses might cause menstrual problems and difficulties in bearing children.

Though thinking changed slightly in recent years to allow women to chant in some cases, it remained extremely rare and private.

. . . → Read More: Hindu women in India give new voice to once all-male Vedic mantra chanting

Holy Smoke by Amy “Moonlady” Martin – new edition

Reviewed by Lupa

On rare occasion I will review a book a second time, especially if it’s undergone a lot of reworking. In its initial incarnation, this title was known as Spirit Herbs: Simple Recipes for Hibachi Herbal Magic & Sacred Space, and I gave it a glowing review because it was just so awesome. . . . → Read More: Holy Smoke by Amy “Moonlady” Martin – new edition

Unearthing London; The Ancient World Beneath the Metropolis, by Simon Webb

Reviewed by John Rimmer

We tend to think of the prehistoric stone circles, henges, barrows and leys of the ritual landscape as being confined to the empty parts of the country – the ‘Celtic Fringe’, or the uplands of Pennines and Peak. But of course at one time all of Britain, including London, was the . . . → Read More: Unearthing London; The Ancient World Beneath the Metropolis, by Simon Webb

The “Orphic” Gold Tablets and Greek Religion: Further Along the Path, by Radcliffe G. Edmonds III (ed.)

Reviewed by Alexis Pinchard

Edmonds has produced a coherent volume of six previously published and five new papers about what were once called “Orphic” gold tablets, authored by both prominent and less established scholars (Alberto Bernabé, Hans Dieter Betz, Claude Calame, Thomas M. Dousa, Radcliffe G. Edmonds III, Chistopher A. Faraone, Fritz Graf, Miguel Herrero . . . → Read More: The “Orphic” Gold Tablets and Greek Religion: Further Along the Path, by Radcliffe G. Edmonds III (ed.)