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Gods and Demons, Priests and Scholars, by Bruce Lincoln

Critical Explorations in the History of Religions

Reviewed by Ellen Muehlberger

Gods and Demons, Priests and Scholars is a collection of set pieces that sound the depth of religious literatures from different cultural contexts; it treats everything from recent struggles of indigenous religion against colonial religion in Guatemala to medieval Persian and Norwegian myths to . . . → Read More: Gods and Demons, Priests and Scholars, by Bruce Lincoln

Ramblings about Ritual

Creating a Personal Festival Calendar

By Galina Krasskova

I went through a number of years, over a decade, where ritual practices formed the center of my devotional life. I was either attending or more often facilitating weekly rituals, with special celebrations on the full and dark moons and all the holy tides. Additionally, I was . . . → Read More: Ramblings about Ritual

Been There, Done That. . .

By Morgause Fonteleve

[Snip] In the past few weeks we’ve considered the concept that through the ages the Church viewed witchcraft as a heretical belief, in which those who had rebelled against God had made a pact with his adversary and had to be punished with death. Today some fanatical members of various religious institutions . . . → Read More: Been There, Done That. . .

Pagan Fusion Cuisine

By Rixboudicca

[Snip] Recently, I became interested in wanting to try some Ganesha work. So I asked my Matron, the Morrigan for permission. Her response was something like “After the shit you pulled last summer? Not a chance!”

What was the shit I pulled last summer? I took part in a public Apollo creativity ritual, . . . → Read More: Pagan Fusion Cuisine

Dumezilian Thoughts

By P. Sufenas Virius Lupus

[Snip] In many Indo-European societies, there is a division amongst the gods in terms of the “tripartition” that Georges Dumezil and his heirs have discussed (whether you like their overall theories or not) between the first two functions–i.e. the First Function/Sovereignty and the Second Function/Warrior castes–and the Third Function (i.e. . . . → Read More: Dumezilian Thoughts

Canaanite Source Texts for Religious Studies

By Tess Dawson

I am often asked, or even told point-blank that there isn’t enough information on which to understand or revivify Canaanite religion. This is exceedingly erroneous. While Canaanite religion doesn’t have the same vast quantities of resources as do the Romans, Greeks, and Egyptians, it has considerably more than the Celts, and even . . . → Read More: Canaanite Source Texts for Religious Studies

The Sunrise As The Birth Of A Baby

The Prenatal Key to Egyptian Mythology

By Franz Renggli

Abstract: The Dutch historian of religion, Bruno Hugo Stricker, has been studying Egyptian mythology since 1940 and can show that this ancient culture tries to understand the development of a baby in the womb of its mother as a basis to comprehend the origin of the . . . → Read More: The Sunrise As The Birth Of A Baby

The Goddess Menrfa

By Thalia Took

Menrfa, or Menrva, is the Etruscan name of the Goddess of Wisdom and the Arts, who in Rome would be known as Minerva, and who corresponds to the Greek Athene. She is the Goddess of the mind, of crafts, artisans and trade guilds, and did not have a martial character until She . . . → Read More: The Goddess Menrfa

The Worship of Epona

By Nantonos and Ceffyl

[Snip] Who worshipped Epona?

Epona seems to have been a protector of horses and was worshipped by people whose primary job function or livelihood depended on horses. Examples include cavalry (naturally Epona was more popular among the cavalry alae than among infantry), scouts, dispatch riders, mule drivers, carters, stable hands and . . . → Read More: The Worship of Epona

Revisiting Hubris

By Elani Temperance

[Snip] When I started out on the Hellenistic path, I took to the web. I visited several forums, some of which were completely Hellenistic. It was a short visit to most of those; Hellenismos can be very fledgeling-unfriendly. Those new to the faith are warned that they must not perform ritual until . . . → Read More: Revisiting Hubris