Archaeologists searching for King Arthur’s round table have found a “circular feature” beneath the historic King’s Knot in Stirling.
The King’s Knot, a geometrical earthwork in the former royal gardens below Stirling Castle, has been shrouded in mystery for hundreds of years.
Though the Knot as it appears today dates from the . . . → Read More: King Arthur’s Round Table May Have Been Found in Scotland
By Craig Hardiman
Oddly enough, the Parthenon was not considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. To our modern sensibilities and academic curiosity, this seems like a gross oversight. In our modern view, the Parthenon is often seen as the pinnacle of ancient Greek temple construction, the apex of a tradition that . . . → Read More: The Legacy of the Parthenon
By Jessica Richard
Abstract: Recently, the Irish Celtic festival of Samhain has generated a great amount of interest and research into its role as the origins of modern Halloween celebrations and its role as an important holiday in the Neopagan belief systems; however, for the ancient Celts, the original participants in the Samhain celebration, the . . . → Read More: Samhain and Formation of Irish Celtic Identity
How the country’s history and geography created the perfect setting for magical creatures, whose perceived existence sparks environmental protests to this day
At the edge of the ancient Gálgahraun lava field, about a 10-minute drive outside Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavík, a small group of local environmentalists has made camp among the gnarled volcanic rock, . . . → Read More: Why So Many Icelanders Still Believe in Invisible Elves
By Tia Ghose
Last month, archaeologists announced a stunning find: a completely sealed tomb cut into the rock in Tuscany, Italy. The untouched tomb held what looked like the body of an Etruscan prince holding a spear, along with the ashes of his wife. Several news outlets reported on the discovery of the 2,600-year-old warrior . . . → Read More: Etruscan Warrior Prince Was Actually a Warrior Princess
By Jason Pitzl-Waters
We’ve long known that Pagan and polytheist revival and reconstruction movements are a global phenomenon, and that has included, quietly, tentatively, the Middle East. While most countries in the Middle East are culturally, religiously, and demographically dominated by Islam, that hasn’t stopped a few adventurous souls from embracing various forms of modern . . . → Read More: Can Paganism Emerge in the Middle East?
By Dr. Karl E. H. Seigfried
Heathens have been mostly invisible in major surveys of religious affiliation. When heathens do respond to surveys like those of the Pew Research Center and the U.S. Department of Defense, they tend to disappear into categories like “New Age” and “No Religious Preference.”
Estimates of the worldwide number of . . . → Read More: Worldwide Heathen Census 2013
Now these are not your average Halloween costumes. For two years, French photographer Charles Fréger has been traveling throughout 19 European countries and trying to capture the spirit of what he calls “tribal Europe” in his “Wilder Mann” series. What he found was a huge array of pagan rituals, mainly related to the . . . → Read More: Pagan Costumes of Europe Still Used Today
By Lourdes Garcia-Navarro
Amid chanting and drumming, a crowd gathers in Sao Paulo and waits for the gods to come to them from the spirit world.
They are celebrating a sacred festival day in honor of Omulu, a deity of life and death. The women wear white dresses with crinolines, colorful belts and headdresses. The . . . → Read More: Brazilian Believers Of Hidden Religion Step Out Of Shadows
By Elani Temperance
More than 2,200 years ago, an order was placed by the keepers of the Oracle of Apollon at Klaros in Asia Minor. It was the order of one 10-meter column that would serve as the sixth column to strengthen the temple itself. Months later, news must have reached them that the column . . . → Read More: Temple at Klaros to Receive Long-lost Column