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Traditional Healers Killed by Cambodian Mobs on Witch Hunt

By Denise Hruby

It was like a scene from a medieval witch hunt: a victim, accused of a crime that has never been committed, is surrounded by a mob. Terror ensues, before an inevitable death.

On a balmy afternoon, Pov Sovann was sitting outside his house in a tiny town in rural Cambodia, . . . → Read More: Traditional Healers Killed by Cambodian Mobs on Witch Hunt

Indian Woman Beaten to Death for ‘Witchcraft’

By Benjamin Radford

While witch hunts may seem to be dusty relics of a bygone age, the persecution, torture and execution of suspected witches continue in many places to the present day.

The problem is especially palpable in India. Two weeks ago in a small Indian village not far from Nepal, Saraswati Devi, 45, was . . . → Read More: Indian Woman Beaten to Death for ‘Witchcraft’

Paganism in Cebu, Philippines

By Gino

The Philippines is every voyager’s exotic paradise. Found in the southeastern part of Asia, this small archipelago had been grounded in its own version of spirituality from its first people. Since the earliest times, the Philippines have had contacts with the Chinese, Malays and Indians – adding their ideas in the spiritual mix.

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Ancient Astronomy Lab Discovered In Peruvian Ruins

By Kathleen Caulderwood

Archeologists have stumbled upon a site where ancient people observed the stars thousands of years ago in Peru, a country famous for using drones to help uncover and map archeological treasures, as Reuters reported.

Excavators working on a complex at Licurnique, in the country’s northern region, have uncovered evidence of an “astronomical . . . → Read More: Ancient Astronomy Lab Discovered In Peruvian Ruins

Resurgence of Pre-Christian Beliefs in Poland

By Grażyna Zawada

At the end of August, the first National Congress of Native Faith Believers will be held in Łódź, organized by the four biggest ‘native faith’ groups in Poland. It is a clear sign that native faith is a growing social force in a country that has a reputation as mono-faith, Catholic state.

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The Persecution of Witches, 21st-Century Style

By Mitch Horowitz

Most people believe that the persecution of “witches” reached its height in the early 1690s with the trials in Salem, Mass., but it is a grim paradox of 21st-century life that violence against people accused of sorcery is very much still with us. Far from fading away, thanks to digital interconnectedness and . . . → Read More: The Persecution of Witches, 21st-Century Style

Ireland Elects First Openly Pagan Councillor

By Jason Pitzl-Waters

On May 23rd, the 2014 Irish local elections were held, the first set of local elections since a major restructuring of local government was put into place earlier this year. In what seems to be a tumultuous outing, with small left-leaning parties and Sinn Féin largely benefitting, the People Before Profit Alliance . . . → Read More: Ireland Elects First Openly Pagan Councillor

Vandals Desecrate Ancient Standing Stone at Hill of Tara

Gardai confirmed that paint was poured over at least half of the Lia Fail, which is five thousand years old

By Elaine Keogh

For the second time in two years gardai are investigating vandalism to the Lia Fail, the 5 thousand year old standing stone on the top of the Hill of Tara, which is . . . → Read More: Vandals Desecrate Ancient Standing Stone at Hill of Tara

Why So Many Icelanders Still Believe in Invisible Elves

By Ryan Jacobs

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, wild moss, and browning grass to protest a new road development that will slice the bucolic landscape into four . . . → Read More: Why So Many Icelanders Still Believe in Invisible Elves

Christian Group Wants ‘Evil’ Welsh Flag Changed

By WalesOnline

A Welsh Christian group is calling for the traditional Welsh dragon flag to be replaced by the cross of St David.

The Welsh Christian Party says having a red dragon – an animal it believes symbolises the devil – on the national flag is at odds with Wales’ position as a Christian nation.

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