Category: Other Contributors

Shamanism: Is it a Religion?

Michael Berman.

The question of whether Shamanism is a religion, a way of life, or a methodology will be considered, and the implications that this has on the attitude towards, and serious study of the subject.

Goddess Capitalism

Donald Meinshausen.

You can tell a lot about a country and its culture by its ceremonies and celebrations. In some countries there is nothing but patriotic parades, rallies and displays of martial power. Ordered ranks of soldiers, athletes and other military hardware march before the visages of Great Leaders, past and present. Emotions are martialed to maintain the might of the state. Everyone is either part of a passive audience or a puppet on parade. But there are exceptions as celebrations and ceremonies are older than states. And these exceptions can change everything, even in Vietnam.

The Pagan Religious Practices of the Chechens and the Ingush

Michael Berman.

The Chechens and Ingush have lived where they are now since prehistoric times, and while the Mesopotamians, Persians, Turks, Mongols, Slavs and others have greatly influenced the region with their wars, conquests and trade, being fiercely proud and protective of their roots and background, the inhabitants of Chechnya have remained ethnically the same for thousands of years.

Parliament of the World’s Religions 2009

Ed Hubbard.

In the world of Interfaith relations, where religions, faiths and traditions seek to find cooperation and peaceful coexistence, the labels and definitions and how they are used are important. Descriptions of faith practices are the way interfaith speakers share information that leads to greater understanding, and the clearer the language used, the better chance all parties will be able to find common ground.

Queer Spirit & the Craft

LE CORBEAU. For many LGBT people, Paganism provides a welcoming, safe, and non-judgemental spiritual environment, something not offered by many of the mainstream religions from which many of these LGBT people have come. Certainly they are offered ‘salvation’, but it is at the high cost of having to forfeit something I believe to be a fundamental part of the human experience, something to which every person has the right: to love another and to be loved by another. Love, I feel, is one of the most basic and beautiful aspects of life.

Hekate: Threeformed Images

Sorita d’Este.

When we examine the myths and legends of the many cultures and religions of the ancient Mediterranean, the Goddess Hekate stands out from the rest. There is simply no other Goddess like her, with evidence stretching back into time, but also crossing the boundaries of tradition, religion and pantheon in rather remarkable ways.

Revelations Through Living

Having been raised Christian, I was expected to approach Deity only as my Father in Heaven. Not an easy task when one doesn’t have a loving father-figure in one’s life! This is one reason why I’ve found Goddess spirituality comes so naturally to me. And so, sometime at the beginning of 2008, when I read Athena’s words to Odysseus, “Go. Find your father,” and those words hit me like a bolt from the blue, I expected that the Goddess would somehow lead me into a greater appreciation of the God. I did not think that those words would play themselves out so very literally in my life!

Reflections on ‘old guard’ Paganism

Mike Nichols.

The first time I heard the phrase ‘Old Guard Pagan’ (used as a pejorative, as I remember) was during the organizing of the first Heartland Pagan Festival. It seems that the festival was being organized mainly by ‘New Guard Pagans’ who felt they were not getting the anticipated support from the ‘Old Guard’. Yet, even after such misunderstandings were cleared up, the phrase remained. Why? And what is the line of demarcation?