Fisherman almost threw back 4,200-year-old pagan statue he caught | Daily Mail Online

A figurine of a pagan god pulled out of a Siberian river by an angler has been confirmed as being ‘unique’ and around 4,200 years old.

One theory is that with its ferocious face the ancient object – from the Okunev culture – might have been a children’s toy or rattle to ward off evil spirits.

Fisherman Nikolay Tarasov, 55, made the remarkable Bronze Age ‘catch’ when he dipped his net in the Dudet River near his home in Tisul, Kemerovo region.

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Pagan Pride Day in Virginia Beach offers homecoming, unity in celebration of autumn harvest | Local News | pilotonline.com

There’s not much nature to connect with out in the middle of the ocean.

Victoria Crabtree, who is assigned to the USS George Washington as a petty officer second class in the Navy, was searching the internet while underway on the aircraft carrier about two years ago when she came across an article about Wicca, a form of paganism, the nature-based collection of faiths that celebrate deities, or gods and goddesses. Though she’d grown up Christian, Crabtree then identified as agnostic but was looking for something more. Paganism made sense to her, she said.

“Nature has energy and you can connect with it,” Crabtree said, adding that she tried hard to connect with the water while out at sea. The rest was left to her imagination.

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Odisha sees more than 15 sorcery killings in nine months – The New Indian Express

BHUBANESWAR: More than 15 persons have been murdered in Odisha in the last nine months over suspected witchcraft, the latest being murder of three persons of a family in Kitum village under Gunupur block of Rayagada district.

A man, his wife and daughter were injected with pesticides and when they fell unconscious, villagers set them on fire. A similar incident had occurred in August when a 70-year-old man of Chintalugida village in Gunupur block was forcefully fed pesticide and killed.

In fact, Rayagada accounts for seven sorcery-related murders this year while Ganjam and Gajapati districts have witnessed two and three such deaths respectively. Contrary to the belief that such crimes were mostly directed at women, 90 per cent of the deceased persons in these three Southern Odisha districts were men.

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The Hull witch trials and where they built the ducking stool | Hull Daily Mail

It is one of the darkest episodes in human history: the “witch-hunts” that led to thousands of people being persecuted all over Europe.

Hull did not escape the panic, although the witch trials that happened here have long been forgotten. And yet over a period of three centuries, many ordinary residents – and mainly women – were accused of being witches and some were put to death.

As unbelievable as it may seem, the town even had its own ducking stool. Read on to find out exactly where this awful torture device was located.

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Black magic underway to resurrect dead girl in Ganjam’s Patrapur | Prameya News7

Bhubaneswar: In a shocking tale of blatant superstition caught live in an exclusive footage of Prameya News 7 channel on Sunday in Ganjam, hopeless parents of a three year- old dead girl have taken help of witchcraft to bring back their daughter to life.

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One nation under gods: pagans celebrate summer’s end in Lakeville – News – southcoasttoday.com – New Bedford, MA

LAKEVILLE — They came from Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island for a large get-together to celebrate the end of summer at the Ted Williams playground complex. In some ways, it was like a typical family reunion.

But not totally. What brought them together last weekend was their beliefs.

For the 10th consecutive year, local pagans came together in Lakeville on the second Sunday of September to celebrate Pagan Pride Day

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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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10 Things To Do In Autumn (According To The Japanese)

Many people in Japan love autumn best out of all the seasons. The weather is generally pleasant, and the autumn landscapes are very beautiful as the leaves turn vivid red, orange and gold.

The Japanese associate autumn with a variety of different activities, many of which sound like they would appeal to people in other countries as well, including western Pagans. So if you’re looking for ways to celebrate autumn, particularly with the Autumn Equinox coming up. here’s some ideas from Japan

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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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