DAMON LEFF. A recent conversation with a British anthropologist and a prominent British neo-Pagan on the definition of ‘witchcraft’ in relation to Africa, revealed the extent to which modern Witches; actual practitioners and adherents of a religio-magical belief system and practice identified as Witchcraft,  are deliberately marginalized by academia and modern Pagan society in general, in favour of a distorted and prejudicial historical bias against Witchcraft. Our British friends require from us that we challenge the human rights abuses of witch-hunts and witchcraft accusations, but not question the beliefs that engender them.
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POETRY COMPETITION ENTRY. An Afrikaans poem by Antoinette Keyser titled ‘Kom Somer’.
POETRY COMPETITION ENTRY. An English poem by Draco Ravenhead titled ‘Dawn’.
POETRY COMPETITION ENTRY. An English poem by Karen V. Brand titled ‘The Tree’.
POETRY COMPETITION ENTRY. An English poem by Reul Bhad titled ‘Mother Earth’.
POETRY COMPETITION ENTRY. An Afrikaans poem by Dragonfly titled ‘Stilte’.
DAMON LEFF. A recent public letter written by South African academic (and neo-Pagan) Dale Wallace has been circulated widely amongst neo-Pagan covens, groups and individuals in an attempt to incite active opposition against positions of principle taken by the South African Pagan Rights Alliance on a number of advocacy issues currently on SAPRA’s agenda, including advocacy against witch-hunts and Satanic Panic.
EDITOR. Nature is more than just trees, animals and scenic settings, for many it is where they find peace, solace and inspiration. Penton would love to showcase the fruits of this inspiration by hosting a poetry competition themed on nature.