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Ancient Hellenic Musical Instruments

By Elani Temperance

The ancient Hellenes adored music, and it was a huge part of their religious devotion. Hymns were sung, and processions often accompanied with easy to carry instruments, adding to a festive mood and serving as a way to draw the attention of the Gods. Of course, the acient Hellenes carried different instruments . . . → Read More: Ancient Hellenic Musical Instruments

Sacred Sounds of the Female Orshiras

Rhythms of the Goddess, collected by Raul Canizares

Reviewed by Mike Gleason

Raul Canizares, who collected and produced the recordings which are the basis for this CD was the head of the Santeria Temple Orisha Consciousness Movement in Manhattan, and the author of Cuban Santeria,1 as well as the producer of another CD , The . . . → Read More: Sacred Sounds of the Female Orshiras

Witches Are One Way to ‘Safely’ Present Strong Female Characters

By Mary McNamara

In her book “Pure Lust: Elemental Feminist Philosophy,” famed theologian and radical feminist Mary Daly imagined a female-run hag-ocracy, a new world of Witches, Crones, Harpies, Furies and Amazons.

Or, as we like to call it, television.

Even taking into account the increasing preponderance of supernatural beasties, 2013 is most certainly the . . . → Read More: Witches Are One Way to ‘Safely’ Present Strong Female Characters

Pop Pagans, by Donna Weston and Andy Bennett

Reviewed by John L. Murphy

Paganism and popular music share a love of physicality. Rooting this scholarly anthology not in beliefs constructed by modern society referring to nature, but arising rather from earth’s own manifestations by cultural contexts, co-editor Donna Weston introduces thirteen contributions to the study of Pagans and music now. (The capitalization is . . . → Read More: Pop Pagans, by Donna Weston and Andy Bennett

The Book of Jane, an Antero Alli Film

Reviewed by Medusa

As this intriguing film opens, the wind blows, a raven calls, and a Crone-like woman in black coat, jeans, and dark blue cap walks with the aid of a walking stick made from a tree limb. With a backpack and attached baby doll dressed in red, the woman limps around a college . . . → Read More: The Book of Jane, an Antero Alli Film

Representations of the Hollywood Witch: 1950-1968

By Heather Greene

[Snip] With all of that change and the impending Cultural Revolution, it is easy to understand how the Hollywood of 1950 was not the Hollywood of 1968. What happened to the witch between 1950 and 1968?

Between television and Hollywood, there were over fifty narrative programs containing a witch. More than any . . . → Read More: Representations of the Hollywood Witch: 1950-1968

Deities in Shakespeare: Hymen

By Zan

[Snip] As You Like It (c. 1600) concludes in the most strikingly Pagan manner one can imagine, as the rustic forest-dwellers of Arden are united in marriage: but in a marriage performed by the Marriage God Hymen, which means that As You Like It concludes in Act V, scene iv, with a Handfasting. . . . → Read More: Deities in Shakespeare: Hymen

The Thor Movies and Norse Mythology

By Dr. Karl E. H. Seigfried

[Snip] I’m curious about how the dude Asgardians (Thor, Loki, Odin) perform their “godliness” (well, they’re not gods in the Marvel version of the myth) as opposed to how Norse myth portrays them. There’s an awful lot of “what it means to be a leader,” lots of humanism and . . . → Read More: The Thor Movies and Norse Mythology

Representations of the Hollywood Witch: Pre-1939

By Heather Greene

[Snip] From 1895 to 1916 moving pictures were just a technical novelty. As film historian Jeanine Basinger said, “No one really took movies very seriously. It was thought that they were a fad.” Most early movies depicted actual events, landscape photography, historical re-enactments or popular stories. (Basinger, American Cinema, 1994)

During these . . . → Read More: Representations of the Hollywood Witch: Pre-1939

Pop Pagans: Paganism and Popular Music

Reviewed by John L. Murphy

Paganism and popular music share a love of physicality. Rooting this scholarly anthology not in beliefs constructed by modern society referring to nature, but arising rather from earth’s own manifestations by cultural contexts, co-editor Donna Weston introduces 13 contributions to the study of Pagans and music now. (The capitalization . . . → Read More: Pop Pagans: Paganism and Popular Music