The Kathmandu Post- Where are the witches?

Sep 18, 2016- For about 45 minutes actress Sarita Giri held the stage by herself at Mandala Theatre every evening between August 12 and 27. She did so while delivering to us Director Sulakchhyan Bharati’s poignant script that explores the process of the making of a ‘witch’ or ‘boksi’ by society.

“The story I’m telling is not something exceptional. Under-aged marriage and women being labelled as witches happens every day. But it has become normal to us. So even if it is in the newspaper, we read it, we turn the page and we don’t think about it anymore. I didn’t want to turn the page. I wanted to look deeply into what under-aged marriage does to girls. What are their stories? … And why do we blame women as witches? In my opinion it is because our society is so entrenched with patriarchy, that it also influences our imagination and thought-processes. But I believe in the power of theatre to stimulate new ways of thinking, imagining and behaving. Through the play I ask the audience: where are the witches?” has been eloquently explained by Bharati elsewhere.

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Campaigners against witchcraft-promoting preacher’s ExCeL appearance – News – Newham Recorder

Pastor Daniel Olukoya from Nigeria will address 20,000 Christians through a live broadcast from America at the “Deliverance, Prayerquake and Annointing Service” event at the ExCeL that promises “healing and salvation”.But human rights campaigners say Olukoya’s promotion of the need to “destroy the ministry of witchcraft” in his books and through his Mountain of Fire and Miracles churches could threaten the safety of black children in Newham.

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Incredible discovery of intact female figurine from neolithic era in Turkey | Ars Technica

In the mid-twentieth century, archaeologists like James Mellaart believed female figurines like this one represented fertility goddesses. This idea became popular in New Age culture, whose adherents celebrated the idea that ancient peoples were woman-centric and shared a cult of goddess worship. But over the past twenty years, evidence from Çatalhöyük and contemporaneous sites have undermined this interpretation.

As Stanford archaeologist Lynn Meskell has pointed out in a number of papers about figurines found at Çatalhöyük, little material evidence suggests that these curvaceous statuettes were the objects of worship. Nearly all such figurines have been found in garbage piles, as if they were built for a specific purpose—whether spiritual or playful—and then thrown away.

They are also rarely built with bases, so they could never have been erected for display. Instead, they might have been passed from hand-to-hand, or perhaps worn as ornaments.

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South African universities set to offer witchcraft courses ▷ NAIJ.COM

If news making the rounds is anything to go by, then students will now have a chance to get an education on witchcraft. According to Live Monitor, plans to include witchcraft into university curriculums, have been announced by the South African minister of higher education and training, Mr Blade Nzimande.

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Beliefnet Acquires Patheos; Pagan Bloggers Guardedly Optimistic | The Wild Hunt

ENGLEWOOD, Co. — Last week came the announcement that religion site Beliefnet has acquired Patheos, the far more popular home of a wide variety of religious blogs, include a vibrant Pagan channel. While Beliefnet also once hosted Pagan bloggers, since being acquired by the Christian-focused BN Media company, those writers all eventually moved on. With the new purchase, it has been stated that plans thus far are to keep the two sites independent of each other.

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Pagan Pride Day to Bring ‘Magic, Mystery’ to Dupont Circle Sunday | Borderstan

Local Pagans are scheduled to gather in Dupont Circle this weekend for an annual event that brings “magic, mystery, and celebration” to the neighborhood. Close to 100 Pagans from area orders and sects are expected to meet in Dupont Circle this Sunday at 10 a.m. for Pagan Pride Day, according to Angela Raincatcher, spokeswoman for the event.

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Update on Standing Rock: Protest, Ruling and a Pagan Reaction | The Wild Hunt

CANNONBALL, N.D — Friday marked a significant victory for the Standing Rock Sioux’s protest against the Dakota Access pipeline being constructed near their territory and through their watershed.

In the weeks since The Wild Hunt’s last update on the Standing Rock Sioux protest, national attention on the issue spread, attracting support from commentators and even celebrities, to the chagrin of some involved.

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Matt Barber: US In Greater Trouble Than Before The Civil War, Thanks To ‘Ancient Pagan Sexuality’ | Right Wing Watch

Matt Barber, an anti-gay pundit and Liberty University law professor, attended last weekend’s Values Voter Summit, which he told Virginia-based radio host Rob Schilling felt “like an island of reason in a sea of insanity” because “this United States of America right now is more insane than certainly you and I have seen in our lifetimes.”

Source: Matt Barber: US In Greater Trouble Than Before The Civil War, Thanks To ‘Ancient Pagan Sexuality’ | Right Wing Watch


Ah, it’s Autumn, and the nuts are falling out of the trees…

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Gavin Frost, 1930 – 2016 | The Wild Hunt

In the early morning hours Sunday, Wiccan priest, teacher, and author Gavin Frost died after enduring significant pain from numerous internal physical problems. Gavin had surgery scheduled for late September, but his physical condition worsened making the operation impossible. As early as July, he told his daughter Jo that “he was ready — if he got really sick again to let him go.”

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