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The Wonder of Fae

By Mina

[Snip] Through myth, stories and folklore, which has been passed down over hundreds of years, we learn that there are many species of fae. They may appear in human or animal form, or a mix thereof, as streams of light, cascades of glimmer, or in any other form they wish to present themselves.

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Belief in Doubt

I’m not sure any religion — even my own — is the way up the mountain. I’m not sure the mountain itself exists.

By Eric Scott

I spent an hour or two yesterday at the Living Insight Center with two friends visiting from out of town. I had never heard of the place before, but . . . → Read More: Belief in Doubt

A Sacred People

Roman Identity in the Age of Augustus

By Edwin M. Bevens

Abstract: The Romans redefined the nature of their collective identity to be centered on religion and the connection between the Roman people and their gods during the Augustan age, spanning Augustus’ dominance of Roman politics from the late 30s BC until AD 14. This . . . → Read More: A Sacred People

Koreans Revive Interest in Shamanism

By Jason Strother

The banging of drums, crashing of cymbals and blaring of a horn echo down the slope of Samgak Mountain. They’re coming from a shaman’s temple, where a goot, a spiritual rite, is underway.

The predominant religions in South Korea are the traditional Buddhist faith and a large Christian population, though a large . . . → Read More: Koreans Revive Interest in Shamanism

Reflections on Folk Magic

By Nimue Brown

I recently read Stephen Wilson’s The Magical Universe – a book cataloguing evidence of magical practice and belief in mediaeval Europe. This is not the high, learned magic of people who might self identify as sorcerers, but everyday magic. The sort of magic your typical peasant might be dabbling in. Evidently much . . . → Read More: Reflections on Folk Magic

Reading and Writing in Babylon, by Dominique Charpin

Reviewed by Phillip Michael Sherman

The Babyloniaca, a third century B.C.E. work composed by the Babylonian priest Berossos to defend the antiquity and great learning of the Babylonian tradition to a newly Hellenized world, contains an account of the origin of writing. The god Oannes (half-man, half-fish) elevated humanity from an animalistic state with the . . . → Read More: Reading and Writing in Babylon, by Dominique Charpin

The Origins of Neopaganism and Prof. Ronald Hutton

By Reggie

Neopaganism is a modern movement that is inspired by and/or seeks to reconstruct the ancient pagan religions of Europe and other parts of the world.

Many modern pagans are reconstructionists – people who are consciously engaged in reviving pagan traditions (from ancient Greece and Rome, the Germanic countries, the Celtic countries or . . . → Read More: The Origins of Neopaganism and Prof. Ronald Hutton

The Blood of the Earth, by John Michael Greer

Reviewed by Paracelsian

[Snip] The Blood of the Earth is a valuable contribution towards encouraging people to think about facing what Professor Kerri Facer describes as “the 21st Century Canyon”. This is the period covering the next fifty or so years when the global issues about which so many have warned us for so long . . . → Read More: The Blood of the Earth, by John Michael Greer

Crystal Balls for Beginners

By Patrinella Coope

We’ve all seen the image of the Gypsy, coin-fringed scarf tied over her hair, huddled portentously over her crystal ball. The crystal ball is one methods of divination classified as scrying, which means gazing into an object in order to see visions. This ancient method of divination can utilize any number of . . . → Read More: Crystal Balls for Beginners

Gerald Gardner and the Origins of Wicca

By Reggie

[Snip] As Ronald Hutton has noted, the tradition of pagan witchcraft known as Wicca is the only religion that England has ever given to the world – and Gerald Brosseau Gardner (1884-1964) was its prophet. Various aspects of Gardner’s life and work, and of the religion that he founded, have been hashed through . . . → Read More: Gerald Gardner and the Origins of Wicca