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The Polytheist Movement is a Human Rights Movement

By Theanos Thrax

I often say that Polytheist religious movements are human rights movements, and sometimes people don’t understand what I mean by this, or challenge it, so I wanted to try and make a statement on this. So, here goes:

The “Polytheist Movement” is absolutely a human rights movement, in that it is interested . . . → Read More: The Polytheist Movement is a Human Rights Movement

Does the Media Depict Witchcraft as Evil?

By BadWitch

[Snip] Wicca and similar forms of modern pagan witchcraft have only been in the eyes of the media since the mid 20th century – and certainly back in the early days newspapers produced a few horribly inaccurate reports that depicted Wiccans as evil, although even then most journalists tried to report the truth. . . . → Read More: Does the Media Depict Witchcraft as Evil?

The Hobbit: How England Inspired Tolkien’s Middle-earth

By Rumeana Jahangir

[Snip] The Shire

In a letter to his publishers, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien wrote that The Shire – home to the “little people” better known as hobbits – was “more or less a Warwickshire village of about the period of [Queen Victoria’s] Diamond Jubilee” in 1897.

Although born in South Africa . . . → Read More: The Hobbit: How England Inspired Tolkien’s Middle-earth

Liberation Thealogy and Goddess 2.0

Tim Ward interviews Karen Tate

[Snip] On the cusp of 2015, Goddess worship is moving into a new generation of leaders who are striving to evolve beyond individual teachers, isolated communities and occasional communal rituals and bring the Goddess into the mainstream. Call it Goddess 2.0. One of the leaders of the 21st Century Goddess . . . → Read More: Liberation Thealogy and Goddess 2.0

How Pop Culture Becomes Mythology

By Taylor Ellwood

In my previous post, I discussed how older mythology shows up in pop culture. However that’s not the only mythology that’s present in pop culture. Pop culture creates its own mythology, or rather the various people that interact with pop culture help to create new mythology, rooted in the cultural artifacts produced . . . → Read More: How Pop Culture Becomes Mythology

The Hero’s Journey

Beowulf, Film, and Masculinity

By Katherine Marie Ismeurt

Let me tell you a story. It is not a new story, nor is it one that is very complicated. It is a story about the way the world is. It is a story about why thousands of young men continue to enlist in the army and . . . → Read More: The Hero’s Journey

Five Things People Believe About Demons, Exorcisms and The Spirit World

By Carol Kuruvilla

[Snip] A spirit is a supernatural being or essence, seen in some religions as existing separately from the supreme being, or God. Other religions think of spirits simply as different manifestations of God.

There’s a tendency among skeptics to discredit the belief in spirits, according to Rabbi Bradley Hirschfield, the co-founder . . . → Read More: Five Things People Believe About Demons, Exorcisms and The Spirit World

How Pop Culture Promotes Interest in Mythology

By Taylor Ellwood

I’m currently replaying the God of War series. Each time I play this series, what fascinates me about it is how Greek mythology is portrayed in the game series, and how that very process of representation consequently creates new interest in the original mythology. And this isn’t just limited to God of . . . → Read More: How Pop Culture Promotes Interest in Mythology

Goddess Mythologies and Social Justice

By Karen Tate

How are ancient Goddess mythologies and religions relevant for social justice? How can we all hear the call of the Goddess?

So let us look at several brief examples of the Sacred Feminine as deity, metaphor or myth and how we’re given a template for living or advice for values we might . . . → Read More: Goddess Mythologies and Social Justice

What is Cultural Appropriation?

By Yvonne Aburrow

It’s about power, and context, and histories of persecution.

The Native Americans had their land and livelihoods taken away, their cultural identity erased and derided, and now people are taking their spiritual practices. Some Christians hold Passover Seder meals immediately before Easter communion; this completely changes the meaning of the Passover Seder; . . . → Read More: What is Cultural Appropriation?