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Jesus the Magician, by Morton Smith

Reviewed by Gesigewigu’s

[Snip] This book does an excellent job of appealing to both “scholarship and literate laity,”1 both in structure and content. The breakdown of the book is clearly outlined so you can see how Smith will tackle the subject in a way that makes the text flow seamlessly, starting with the details of . . . → Read More: Jesus the Magician, by Morton Smith

Dêwoi – The Gods of Gaulish Polytheism

By Segomâros Widugeni

The Nature of the Gods: The Gods are by far the best known part of Gaulish Polytheism. We have a vast corpus of Latin inscriptions that give us the names of numerous divinities worshiped by Gauls, and a much smaller corpus of Gaulish-language inscriptions, sometimes to the same deities. We have representations . . . → Read More: Dêwoi – The Gods of Gaulish Polytheism

Ancient Hellenic Ritual Cakes

By Elani Temperance

Yesterday, I introduced the concept of Popana (or Popanon), loaf-like cakes that were solely made for sacrifice. They were a staple of the Delphinia sacrifices, but there is a lot more to them than that. For example, they varied in shape and size, depending on whom they were sacrificed to. Today, I . . . → Read More: Ancient Hellenic Ritual Cakes

Magie und Ritual bei Apollonios Rhodios, von Ingo Schaaf

Studien zu ihrer Form und Funktion in den Argonautika

Reviewed by Paul Ojennus

Ingo Schaaf offers an extensive and detailed examination of the treatment of magic and ritual in the Argonautica of Apollonius of Rhodes. This study fills an important gap in contemporary research on Apollonius, and it promises to place the scholarship on magic . . . → Read More: Magie und Ritual bei Apollonios Rhodios, von Ingo Schaaf

“Dread Customs”

Inversion and Enforcement of Gender Roles in the Niebelungenlied (Part 1) By Karl E. H. Seigfried

Written down in approximately 1200 CE by an anonymous poet, most likely in the south-eastern German region, the Nibelungenlied’s appearance as a text stands temporally halfway between the composition of early Christian writings and the publication of scholarly work . . . → Read More: “Dread Customs”

Contemporary Pagan Pilgrimage

Comparisons with Medieval Pilgrimage and Twentieth Century Religious Tourism

By Michael York

Within the current Western religious world, contemporary Paganism is often cited among the fastest growing spiritual orientations. We find this development in particular among Euro-American and Euro-Oceanic youth. The spirituality involved places a strong emphasis on sacralisation of place and in this respect . . . → Read More: Contemporary Pagan Pilgrimage

The Powers of Vanatru: Freya

By Nornoriel Lokason

Freya is the daughter of Njord (and likely Nerthus), the twin sister of Frey, and one of three Vanir who were sent to Asgard as hostages following the Aesir-Vanir war. Like her brother, she is connected with fertility, and portrayed in lore as being extremely sexual. However she is also a warrior . . . → Read More: The Powers of Vanatru: Freya

Atete: In Search of the Ethiopian Goddess

By Lillian Comas

“A goddess!” I exclaimed, as I approached a large rounded feminine figure in the National Museum of Ethiopia.

“No!” A man’s voice echoed throughout the room.

When he noticed people’s glances upon him, the museum guide lowered his voice: “That piece is a very, very old”, he said hesitantly. . . . → Read More: Atete: In Search of the Ethiopian Goddess

Food for the Gods

Link of Vodou to Haiti’s Agriculture, a Legacy of the Ancestors

By Dady Chery

Haitian religion and culture are so linked to local agriculture that Vodou ceremonies are routinely called manje lwa: food for the gods. Our lwa (gods, spirits, deities) must be fed. They are not eternal and can only exist so long . . . → Read More: Food for the Gods

Patupaiarehe–The Fairy Folk of New Zealand

By Toni-maree Rowe

[Snip] In Maori tradition the Patupaiarehe (also sometimes referred to as turehu or pakepakeha) were the first people of New Zealand – the first Tangata Whenua. They are supernatural beings who are rarely seen, fairy creatures of the deep forests and mountains. Their houses built of swirling mists.

They have light skin, . . . → Read More: Patupaiarehe–The Fairy Folk of New Zealand