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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.

Wanted: A Contemporary Pagan Culture

Culture is based on community and communities have been said to be groups founded on unitive stories. A unitive story is the animating force behind any group of people that moves that group in an unanimous direction. Contemporary Paganism lacks a unified culture and without this Pagans may never really succeed in developing as a stand-alone spiritual or religious tradition.

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.

Angus Burns – Pagan Musician and Songwriter

MORGAUSE FONTELEVE. ‘The Dragon and the Unicorn’ represents a blend of archetypes that result in synergy. It represents the union of different genres both magickal and musical. The end result is a musical offering that’s draws on many cultural and musical traditions. There are blends of tribal, Celtic, classical, country, bluegrass and rock. This in many ways represents my personal magickal path which is of a very mixed form.

Witches on Witchcraft

DAMON LEFF. “There are more Witches in the Pagan movement than there are other Pagan practices, but we are only one among a variety of religious paths that I think fall under the term Paganism”. Aline O’Brien, better known to Pagans internationally as M. Macha NightMare, describes herself as a Priestess and Witch. O’Brien is the President of the Board of Directors of a U.S. Pagan seminary, Cherry Hill Seminary. “My religion is not a faith, as other religious persons define this term. It is experiential.”

S.A. Pagans excluded from interfaith initiatives

DAMON LEFF. The South African Pagan Council says its being ignored by the Moral Regeneration Movement (MRM), National Religious Leaders Forum (NRLF) and National Interfaith Leaders Council (NILC). An Asatruar and Strega argue for the inclusion of Paganism [0] in national multi-faith organizations. [13/04/2010]

Strong Muti & Harm Ye None: two worlds apart

MORGAUSE FONTELEVE. Vincent Maswanganye is a Nyanga who uses ‘strong muti’. He utilizes the word muti (medicine), as we would use the word magic, to describe afro-centric magical practices. According to Vincent a traditional herbalist is someone who learns from his grandparents what herbs and plants to use for an ailment, how to harvest these plants, roots and herbs, and how to prepare these for sale at one of the popular local markets.

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.