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Defining Paganism (1)

By Chas S. Clifton

A couple of a weeks ago, on another blog, a commenter, wishing to insist that his sort of Paganism was different from some other people’s Paganism, concluded his comment by asserting that there was no overall definition of Paganism anyway.

I decided to step in and disagree, since I could think . . . → Read More: Defining Paganism (1)

Explaining Heathenism Effectively

By Uncle Thor

If an open-minded friend asked about your beliefs, what would you tell him? Keep in mind that he equates part of your beliefs to old myths, comic book Gods and medieval history. He has likely been taught to believe in a single deity, a father-son dual God or a triple-God. There may . . . → Read More: Explaining Heathenism Effectively

Chaucer and Old Norse Mythology

By Rory McTurk

In a paper currently awaiting publication I have argued that the story in Skáldskaparmál of Ódinn’s theft of the poetic mead is an analogue to the story told in Chaucer’s House of Fame, for three main reasons. First, both stories may be said to involve an eagle as a mediator between different . . . → Read More: Chaucer and Old Norse Mythology

A Commitment to Nature

By John Beckett

[Snip] A commitment to Nature is a commitment to the study of Nature. To be more plainspoken, it means a commitment to science. Note that “Nature” is capitalized and “science” is not – that’s intentional. Too often, what is called “Science” refers to a canonization of a hypermaterialistic worldview – if it . . . → Read More: A Commitment to Nature

The Daughters of Asklēpiós

By Elani Temperance

[Snip] Asklēpiós may be one of the major Theoi associated with healing, but His daughters do much of the heavy lifting. Hygeia (Ὑγεια) is the Goddess of health, cleanliness, and sanitation, Iasô (Ιασω) the Goddess of recuperation from illness, Akeso (Ἀκεσώ) the Goddess of the healing process, Aiglê (Αιγλη) the Goddess of . . . → Read More: The Daughters of Asklēpiós

The Roan

By Morgan Daimler

The Seal Folk, called Roan, Roane or Rón in Ireland and Selkies or Silkies in Scotland. Stories of these faeries originate on the coasts of Ireland and Scotland and persist today in these areas, as well as in any coastal areas where seals can be found. As ocean faeries, they are primarily . . . → Read More: The Roan

The New Temple Hof

By Uncle Thor

[Snip] Yesterday, my wife’s cousin showed pictures she took recently in Norway. Among them were photos of old stave churches from the Middle Ages. There were also a few of churches ranging from the Middle Ages to the present. (Lorraine is a church lady.) And that brings us again to small chapels . . . → Read More: The New Temple Hof

The 13 Principles of Wiccan Belief

By Patti Wigington

One issue that is often a bone of contention in the Pagan community is that we don’t have a universal set of guidelines – some of us may not even identify as Pagans, but as witches or something else. There have been repeated attempts to unify the various branches of the Pagan . . . → Read More: The 13 Principles of Wiccan Belief

Color in Ancient Egypt

By Graciela Gestoso Singer

Color means many different things to different people and cultures. We all have our own favorite colors. Color also represents feelings, people, countries, cultures, and color symbolism (Sahlins 1977: 165–180). Color symbolism can have a powerful effect on human emotion. We use color to describe emotions. In ancient Egypt, color (jwn) . . . → Read More: Color in Ancient Egypt

Speaker of Papua New Guinea’s Parliament Destroys ‘Evil’ Pagan Carvings

Papua New Guinea’s speaker of parliament causes outrage after destroying intricate carvings in the parliament as part of an evangelical Christian ‘purge’ of pagan idols

By Jonathan Pearlman

The speaker of parliament in the Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea has caused outrage after destroying intricate wooden panels and artefacts around the parliament, which he . . . → Read More: Speaker of Papua New Guinea’s Parliament Destroys ‘Evil’ Pagan Carvings