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07Dec, 2017

Baron Samedi: Haitian Guide to the Afterlife

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Baron Samedi’s main functions is to excavate the graves of the newly departed and meet their souls as they rise and then guides them to the afterlife.

Baron Samedi’s main functions is to excavate the graves of the newly departed and meet their souls as they rise and then guides them to the afterlife.
As humans, we naturally want to know what happens to our friends and loved ones after they die. That’s probabl…

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05Dec, 2017

Ravens and Crows: The Pre-Christian History Behind These Spooky Birds

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How did ravens and crows get such a bad reputation?

How did ravens and crows get such a bad reputation?
When asked to picture ravens and crows, what comes to your mind? If you think of images such as the unsettling visitor from Edgar Allen Poe’s famous poem “The Raven,” you’re not alone. Unsurprisingly, …

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30Nov, 2017

Who Can Be a Heathen? Race Issues in Modern Germanic Neopaganism

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Who has the right to call themselves a “Heathen”?

Who has the right to call themselves a “Heathen”?
Contemporary Germanic Neopaganism goes by a few different names: Heathenry, Odinism and Asatru, just to name a few. Although there are a large variety of variations between these belief systems, they all borrow …

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28Nov, 2017

Witch Trials: Falling Under Salem’s Spell

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More than 200 people were accused of practicing “the Devil’s magic” during the Salem, Massachusetts witch trials of 1692.

More than 200 people were accused of practicing “the Devil’s magic” during the Salem, Massachusetts witch trials of 1692.
Mention Salem, Massachusetts, and you’ll likely conjure up images from one of the darkest episodes in United States history: its infamo…

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23Nov, 2017

Pagan Symbolism and Thanksgiving Traditions

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Thanksgiving remains a time to reflect upon that which is dearest to the heart.

Thanksgiving remains a time to reflect upon that which is dearest to the heart.
American Thanksgiving is a holiday with very specific roots. When the pilgrims first landed in America and faced incredible hardship, they relied on the indigenous peoples of the countr…

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21Nov, 2017

Magical Thinking: Facts About Modern Paganism

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Here are some of the more interesting beliefs surrounding modern paganism.

Here are some of the more interesting beliefs surrounding modern paganism.
Modern Paganism is a belief system with ancient roots. In fact, most people do not realize that a majority of pagan rituals predate religions like Christianity and Islam. A large number of t…

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16Nov, 2017

Dharma in Buddhist Teachings

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Dharma was the name of the force that gives order to the universe.

Dharma was the name of the force that gives order to the universe.
Buddhism is a religion that has shifted and changed a great deal in the thousands of years it has been around. Despite all of these changes, many concepts have lingered and remain somewhat similar. …

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01Nov, 2017

Zombies, Vampires and Ghouls, Oh My! The Undead in Non-Christian Religions

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The origins of current myths of the undead may suprise you.

 
Ancient history of the undead.
Vampires, zombies and other various forms of undead beings show up in modern Western culture as creations of Christian-based mythoi and superstitions. However, the human imagination conceived these types of fearsome creatures l…

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